The DBS V8 first made its appearance in 1969 and this model boasted a 5,340cc engine. It should be noted here that the eight-cylinder version of the Aston Martin DBS was the fastest four-seated vehicle in the world during this time period. Some additional features were included with this variant such as vented brakes and wheels constructed of a lighter alloy. Another interesting detail in regards to the DBS V8 was that drivers had the choice of selecting an automatic transmission. This was not possible with the six-cylinder version. Only a standard ZF-5 manual transmission was offered. The body of the Aston Martin DBS V8 was nearly identical to that of its companion. However, the primary difference was that the eight-cylinder variant was able to sit up to four individuals.
The DBS V8 was famous for its power. It could attain 60 miles per hour (97 kilometres an hour) in only 5.9 seconds. It also boasted a top speed of 160 miles per hour (257 kilometres per hour).