Aston Martin has unveiled its new flagship DBS Superleggera, which will become one of the brand’s most powerful cars ever.

The new model revives both the DBS and Superleggera nameplate, with DBS being last used in 2012 and the Superleggera moniker last appearing on a vehicle in 1967.

Aston Martin labels the new model a ‘Super GT’, which is an indication of the cars it’s looking to rival. Other Super GTs include Ferrari’s current range-topper, the 812 Superfast.

The DBS Superleggera will be based on the DB11 and is noticeably similar in design, being a close rendition of the similarities the DB9 shared with the Vanquish.

Other than the vast number of changes underneath the skin, a deep honeycomb grille gives it a menacing look, while carbon fibre and aluminium panels make up the majority of its structure. Two different alloy designs also feature, as well as a sharper and more muscular rear end.

Aston Martin has developed its renowned 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 to produce 716bhp and 900Nm which will make it the firm’s second most powerful production car to date – only just behind that of the limited-edition 760bhp One-77 hypercar. The V12 is paired to a new ZF eight-speed automatic transmission.

The model’s performance puts Aston Martin into a territory it has not been in for several years, with a 0-60mph time of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 211mph.

Thankfully the equipment levels match what you would expect from the firm’s range-topping product, with standard equipment including a 360-degree camera, park assist as well as Bluetooth and keyless entry. A leather and Alcantara interior is also offered as standard.

Dr Andy Palmer, president and CEO of Aston Martin, 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. The new DBS Superleggera is every inch the Aston Martin flagship”.

Prices for the model start at an eye-watering £225,000, with first deliveries expected in the third quarter of this year.

Ted Welford


June 27, 2018