DBS Superleggera, Aston Martin’s ” true thoroughbred” is making the return of two illustrious names in the history of this exceptional carmaker. With DBS, Aston Martin is reviving an iconic nameplate that first appeared in 1967, while Superleggera pays homage to the innovative lightweight construction methods pioneered by Italian coach builder, Touring.
In the new DBS Superleggera, Aston Martin has a Super GT that’s a breed apart. Using immaculately sculpted carbon fiber body panels this latest model is blessed with muscular, highly individual styling. A look that’s perfectly matched by epic performance courtesy of a bi-turbo 5.2-litre V12 tuned to produce tremendous power and immense torque for breathtaking response and extraordinary in-gear performance.
As Aston Martin’s magnificent new Super GT flagship, the DBS Superleggera replaces the esteemed Vanquish S. That’s a tough act to follow, but one it was born to do. With 715bhp, 664lb.ft of torque, a top speed of 211mph and blistering acceleration that dispatches 0-62mph in just 3.4 seconds and 0-100mph in 6.4 seconds, DBS Superleggera is a car dedicated to delivering an unforgettable driving experience and class-leading in-gear acceleration, with 50-100mph achieved in fourth gear in a mere 4.2 seconds.
While being resolutely modern in design and engineering, the DBS Superleggera proudly evokes the towering reputations of Aston Martin’s hardest hitting and best-loved flagships from the past. Combining generous proportions with aggression and athleticism, the DBS Superleggera expresses itself with an explicit design language. One that combines compelling curves with advanced aerodynamics for a sleek shape that both cheats the wind and clamps the car to the road.
Evolving innovative aerodynamic concepts first seen on the DB11 – such as the curlicue and Aeroblade – and then taking things further with an F1-inspired double-diffuser, the DBS Superleggera generates 180kg (397lb) of down force at VMAX: the highest figure ever for a series production Aston Martin. This significant increase comes with no additional drag penalty.
The heart of the DBS Superleggera is Aston Martin’s 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 engine. Set low and as far back in the chassis as possible to optimize the centre-of-gravity and weight distribution, this high-performance engine develops 715bhp at 6500rpm and 664lb.ft from 1800-5000rpm. Detailed tuning of the V12 together with a new exhaust strategy with active valves and quad tail pipes ensures the DBS Superleggera has a commanding and powerful sound character, particularly in the more aggressive dynamic modes, while retaining a level of refinement and civility that compliments its role as the consummate Super GT.
The DBS Superleggera deploys its prodigious power and torque to the rear wheels via a new rear-mounted ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. Featuring a mechanical limited-slip differential and torque vectoring for precise, predictable and exploitable handling and a lower final drive for explosive in-gear acceleration, the DBS Superleggera combines the responses of a supercar with the refinement of a GT, with the capability of a maximum speed of 211mph.
The chassis is an evolution of the latest generation lightweight bonded aluminum structure first seen on the DB11, with forged double wishbones at the front and a sophisticated multi-link system at the rear. Latest generation adaptive damping is fitted as standard, with sensors detecting the prevailing driving conditions, as well as the demands the driver is making of the car. Both the power train and chassis have a choice of three dynamic modes – GT, Sport and Sport Plus – which can be selected by the driver to intensify or relax the DBS Superleggera’s responses according to the needs of the driver.
Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer, Dr Andy Palmer said: “DBS Superleggera not only marks the return of a great Aston Martin name, but signals our return to the very pinnacle of the Super GT sector. Handsome beyond measure, its lightweight carbon composite and aluminum body is sculpted into a shape with tremendous presence and charisma. Thanks to the remarkable torque available from its twin-turbo V12 the DBS Superleggera also packs a breath-taking punch, yet its dynamics have been carefully honed to engage drivers of all ability levels. Immaculately styled, obsessively engineered and outrageously potent, the new DBS Superleggera is every inch the Aston Martin flagship.” Aston Martin DBS Superleggera.
Photography by Dominic Fraser.
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