Replacing the retired Vanquish S and relaunching the DBS
name, first coined for the 1967 model, the car brings with it over 50
years of Aston Martin heritage and the ‘DB’ moniker of former owner David
Brown, together with lightweight construction and powerful engine’.
Unquestionably, DBS Superleggera sits at the pinnacle of the Aston Martin production range. It is both a shining light expressing the most beautiful automotive art and, at the same time, a dark and menacing shadow of brutal, unequivocal strength. It is this fine blend of seemingly opposing traits that makes the DBS Superleggera the absolute Aston Martin.
The new DBS Superleggera is designed to a specific brief as a high performance, lightweight GT car: it’s more than just replacing the Vanquish. Its low position and equally low ground clearance clearly establishes its performance-oriented character. Side louvres and its powerful rear enhance its supercar persona.
The aluminium and carbon fibre body sports a bold front grille with new headlights and tail-lights to help differentiate it from the DB11. A front splitter, extensive underbody aerodynamics, a rear diffuser and a new Aeroblade II rear wing helps give the DBS Superleggera its good looks.
Design is fundamental to overall performance: the aerodynamics generate the most downforce of any road-going Aston Martin, with 60kg at the car’s front and 120kg at the rear. A new quad exhaust system is tuned to produce a particularly resonant sound.
Its interior, while adopting the styling of the DB11, features touches such as dark chrome bezels on the center console and chopped carbon fiber on the door trim.
The fastest and most powerful road-going car that Aston Martin has yet produced, the DBS Superleggera achieves a 0 to 62 mph time of 3.4 seconds, a 0 to100mph in 6.4 seconds, with a top speed of 211 mph.
The DBS Superleggera has a dry weight of 1693kg. It sits on bespoke Pirelli P Zero tyres, with 21” wheels. The turbo-charged 5.2-litre V12 engine has been reworked to produce 715 bhp and generates 664lb ft of torque, available at 1800-5000rpm.
Extensive tuning work has been carried out on the ESP and traction control to manage the car’s very quickly available and significant torque. Experienced drivers can enjoy the playful nature of the car with feedback allowing the driver to make the right decisions on applying throttle or backing off, ensuring it is also an approachable car for all drivers.
Based on the DB11 chassis, the rear-wheel-drive DBS Superleggera sports a new transmission and gearbox to handle the extra power and torque. It features switchable adaptive dampers, dynamic torque vectoring and a stability system that can be switched off in its entirety.
|Vehicle length||4705 mm|
|Vehicle width||2145 mm|
|Vehicle height||1280 mm|
|Unladen weight (DIN)||1845 kg|
|Engine / Cylinders||V12 Twin Turbo|
|Engine Capacity||5.2 litre|
|Max Torque||900 Nm|
|Top Speed||211 mph / 339.6 kph|
|Acceleration||0-60 mph / 3.4 seconds|