Aston Martin's most powerful DBS Superleggera has officially been unleashed and is touted to become the brand's fastest production GT to date. It succeeds the Vanqush S and serves as Aston Martin's new flagship model. The more powerful DBS also sees the revival of the iconic 'Superleggera' name that has not seen the light of day since 1967.
“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 aluminium body is sculpted into a shape with tremendous presence and charisma,” said Dr. Andy Palmer, CEO of Aston Martin.
Featuring a carbon composite structure, lightweight and rigid materials, and a more powerful V12 powerplant, the atheltically-designed DBS Superleggera combines the best of a GT car and full-fledged sports car.
A huge front grill along with sharp-looking headlights crown the front end of the DBS Superleggera. Meanwhile, the wheel wells are fitted with lightweight 21-inch five-spoke alloys painted gloss black. Wrapped around those wheels are grippy Pirelli tires that have been specifically designed for the Superleggera. Finally, the rear is adorned with a quad exhaust system along with the F1-inspired double diffuser first seen on the DBS.
Open the doors and the DBS Superleggera greets you with acres of leather and Alcantara. There are also streaks of red contrast stitching throughout the cabin which highlight the car's sporting pedigree. Like the standard DBS, the Superleggera also comes with a sport leather steering wheel, paddle shifters, a semi-digital instrument panel and power-adjustable seats.
In terms of in-car entertainment, the DBS Superleggera comes with an infotainment display that supports Bluetooth, iPod, iPhone and USB playback. It also comes with a built-in satellite navigation system and wi-fi connectivity. Other conveniences in the flagship GT are the keyless entry, engine start/stop button, tire pressure monitoring system, 360-degree around-view camera, park distance display and park assist.
Under the hood is a souped-up 5.2-liter bi-turbo V12 that is connected to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. The twelve-cylinder motor generates an impressive 725 PS at 6500 rpm along with a massive 900 Nm of torque at 1800 – 5000 rpm. Compared to the standard DB11, the Superleggera produces a staggering 117 PS and 200 Nm more than stock. The result is a 0 – 100 km/h sprint of only 3.4 seconds and a whopping 340 km/h top speed.
Other internal changes introduced in the DBS Superleggera include a new active exhaust system, limited-slip differential, as well as a tweaked torque vectoring system for improved power delivery and handling while on the limit. Apart from those, the flagship Super GT also comes with three driving modes: GT, Sport and Sport Plus. Depending on the mode chosen, it can either relax the powertrain or set it up for a sportier drive.
Customer deliveries of the DBS Superleggera will begin in Q4 of 2018.