Wednesday, June 27, 2018


The link between Aston Martin and Formula One seems to be delivering a dose of super steroids, as it announced the DBS Superleggera, with a 0-100mph time of just 6.4 seconds!

‘Superleggera’ is Italian for extreme light weight, and the DBS Superleggera’s combination of carbon fibre and aluminium is doubtless the key to its incredible performance. This blend of materials was pioneered by the Milano carrozzeria, Touring, which in its latest iteration ‘Touring Superleggera of Milan’ pioneered this lightweight construction method.

Evolving innovative aerodynamic concepts first seen on the DB11 - such as the curlicue and Aeroblade - and then taking things further with an F1-inspired double-diffuser, DBS Superleggera generates 180kg of downforce at VMAX: the highest figure ever for a series production Aston Martin. This significant increase comes with no additional drag penalty.

The heart of DBS Superleggera is Aston Martin’s 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 engine.  Set low and as far back in the chassis as possible to optimise the centre-of-gravity and weight distribution, the engine develops 725PS at 6500rpm and 900Nm from 1800-5000rpm.

Detailed tuning of the V12 together with a new exhaust strategy, with active valves and quad tail pipes, ensures DBS Superleggera has a commanding and powerful sound character.

DBS Superleggera deploys its prodigious power and torque to the rear wheels via a new rear-mounted ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. Featuring a mechanical limited-slip differential and a lower final drive for explosive in-gear acceleration, DBS Superleggera combines the responses of a supercar with the refinement of a GT.

The chassis is an evolution of the latest generation lightweight bonded aluminium structure first seen on the DB11. I believe Australia's allocation (AUD$517,000) of 25 units has already been sold, and deliveries begin this coming October.

The publicity photos show a purposely-designed luggage set, guaranteed to provide more for a weekend’s grand touring, than just clean socks and knickers!

As its pinnacle model this is as close as Aston Martin gets to blasting-off at ground level.

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