Introducing the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

By Paul Joseph

Iconic British carmakers Aston Martin are reviving one of the automobile world’s most famous nameplates for its latest model, the DBS Superleggera.

Unveiled in London last week following months of anticipation, the latest DBS Superleggera will replace the Vanquish S to sit at the top of the Aston’s product line-up.

The super-GT revives a badge last seen on the car James Bond barrel-rolled in ‘Casino Royale’ in 2006. Additionally, the new car also gets the Superleggera suffix, which is Italian for ‘super light’ and harks back to the original DBS from 1967.

In terms of styling, the DBS Superleggera resembles a muscular, sportier version of the DB11, with a design characterised by a large grille in the front along with new headlights and tail-lights.

The super-GT also shares the same Aston-made turbocharged 5.2-liter V12 engine as the DB11. However, the engine has been re-tuned to make 715 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 664 pound-feet of torque between 1,800 and 5,000 rpm – 85 more horses than the DB11 AMR.

Aston Martin claim the DBS is capable of going from zero to 62mph in 3.4 seconds and hit a top speed of 211mph.

Dr Andy Palmer, Aston Martin President & CEO, 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 aluminium body is sculpted into a shape with tremendous presence and charisma. Thanks to the remarkable torque available from its twin-turbo V12, 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”.

Priced from £225,000 in the UK, €274,995 in Germany and $304,995 in the US, deliveries of the DBS Superleggera are scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2018.

By Paul Joseph