The DBS Superleggera Will Be Aston Martin’s New GT Flagship
By Jon Derrickson on June 29, 2018
For many years, the Vanquish S has been Aston Martin’s flagship, but now that’s about to be replaced. Some of you may already be aware of the development due to leaked photos from the Nürburgring, but the DBS Superleggera will take the reins and spearhead the British brand.
It will bridge the gap between supercar and GT and is “dedicated to delivering an unforgettable driving experience and class-leading in-gear acceleration.” According the company, the resurrected DBS will utilize the lightweight aluminium chassis of the DB11 as its foundation. That means it’ll have a complex multi-link layout towards the back and fused double wishbones at the front.
When it comes to power, it’ll literally blow your mind. From a purring 5.2-liter V12 biturbo engine, you’ll get a phenomenal 715-BHP and a whopping 664 pound-feet of torque, which activates between 1,800 and 5,000-RPM. It’ll hit 62-MPH in just 3.4 seconds, 100-MPH in 6.4 seconds and cap off at a top speed of 211-MPH. Pretty powerful, eh?
Moreover, the engine is cleverly positioned towards the rear of the car, in order to optimize weight distribution and reduce the center of gravity. All of that power is channelled through an innovative eight-speed automatic gearbox which has been expertly constructed by ZF. To further increase driver control, you’ll have three modes; GT, Sport and Sport Plus.
Plus, Aston Martin have incorporated torque vectoring and limited-slip differential in order to make torque delivery as efficient as possible. Apparently, it will provide “predictable and exploitable handling and a lower final drive for explosive in-gear acceleration.” That leads us back to the supercar-stroke-GT hybrid; the refined aspect of a GT in conjunction with the menace of a supercar.
On top of that, you also get a ton of extras, such as leather upholstery, keyless start and entry, 360-degree parking camera, and a tire pressure monitoring system. Then there’s the infotainment system that’s connected to a screen in the center console; it includes Bluetooth audio, phone connectivity and USB playback.
Andy Palmer, the CEO at Aston Martin, stated – “The 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.”
Want one? Expect to pay in the region of $304,995!