Aston Martin has taken the covers off the replacement to its Vanquish flagship super GT, the DBS Superleggera.
Powering it is the 5.2-litre twin turbo V12 used in other Astons, now boosted to 533kW (725 PS) of power and 900Nm of torque. It can hit 100km/h in just 3.4 seconds and 200km/h in 6.4 seconds, on to a top speed of 340km/h. Drive is sent exclusively to the rear wheels through an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission and a limited-slip differential.
The DBS Superleggera is based on a modified version of the DB11’s bonded aluminium platform. Suspension is equally sporty, with double wishbones at the front and a multi-link system at the rear – adaptive dampers come as standard. Three drive modes are available – GT, Sport and Sport Plus – which alter suspension stiffness, throttle response and shift pattern settings.
Like all new Astons, the DBS Superleggera is a looker. The first thing you notice is that massive grille, flanked by a long vent that wraps along the bottom edge of the front bumper. Follow the DB11-esque body lines down the sides to the rear and you’ll see the razor-thin taillights, quad exhausts, massive black diffuser (which actually creates 180kg of downforce at V-max) and ‘ASTON MARTIN’ black badging.
Inside, the Mercedes-Benz-sourced COMAND infotainment screen and rotary controller are carried over from the DB11, along with keyless entry, tyre pressure monitoring, digital radio, satellite navigation and a 360-degree camera.
When Australian deliveries commence in Q4 of 2018, the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera will be priced from $517,000 plus on-road costs, almost $90,000 more than the top-spec DB11 AMR.
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