Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

Seductive, superlative super GT

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With its alluring aesthetic, sonorous V12 soundtrack and sublime driving dynamics, the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera surpasses expectations of its resurrected and iconic “DBS” nameplate. Rooted in the grand touring (GT) sporting personal luxury segment, the DBS Superleggera is instead a thoroughbred, front-mid engine supercar. At its core, the DBS is based on and resembles the British manufacturer’s DB11 model line. However, it is a different, more dynamic proposition with a more focused disposition and ample output that outguns its already-sharpened DB11 AMR relative.اضافة اعلان

Borrowing some styling cues from the predatory track-only limited production Aston Martin Vulcan, the DBS Superleggera strikes a seductive note between elegance and aggression, without delving too deep into overstatement. The Superleggera’s demeanor exudes muscular urgency and sensual tension, with its swooping bonnet and voluptuous hips. Sharing roofline, waistline, and proportions with the DB11, the Superleggera incorporates a discrete rear spoiler and a lower and sharper air dam and sills. It also streamlines certain design elements for a more athletic, less complex aesthetic than the DB11.

Arguably Aston’s most attractive modern effort, the DBS Superleggera’s visceral visage is dominated by a vast grille, with a honeycomb mesh replacing the DB11’s horizontal slats. Its snouty and hungry grille is framed by larger and deeper side intakes. The DBS also receives bigger bonnet extraction vents, re-styled side vents, and quad tailpipes. A rear air diffuser meanwhile generates 180kg downforce at its 340km/h top speed. Less jutting at the rear, the DBS incorporates uncomplicated but dramatically slim rear lights, in lieu of the DB11’s boomerang design.

Seamless and scintillating
Top dog of Aston’s standard models, the DBS Superleggera’s generously tuned iteration of the DB11’s 5.2-liter twin-turbocharged V12 engine is positioned low and far back under the bonnet for a low center of gravity and near-perfect within-wheelbase weighting. The Superleggera gains 86HP and 200Nm over the DB11 AMR, and pumps out a prolific 725HP at 6,500rom and 900Nm torque throughout a broad 1,800-5,000rpm mid-range. Meanwhile, lightweight carbon-fiber body panels account for 72kg weight saving, and help ensure performance as stunning as the DBS’ design.

Blasting through 0-100km/h in 3.4 seconds and 0-161km/h in 6.4 seconds, the DBS receives a shorter, more aggressive 2.93:1 final drive ratio for more explosive responsiveness. The Superleggera all but alters common perceptions of space and time with its intense acceleration and versatility, dispatching 80-120km/h in just 2 seconds and 80-161km/h in 4.2 seconds. Unleashing power with unrelentingly progressive urgency ¬— underwritten by indefatigable torque reserves — the Superleggera is scintillating in delivery but velvety smooth in operation. Its quick-spooling turbos and breadth of across-spectrum abilities are meanwhile reminiscent of a naturally aspirated supercar.

The Superleggera’s exhaust system lends its glorious V12 a harder harmonic edge that becomes more vocal in Sport+ driving mode. Rising from bass-heavy idle to muscularly thundering, the DBS’s siren-like soundtrack settles into an urgent scream as it seamlessly and viciously climbs through to full boost, and on to its rev limit. Mounted at the rear as a counter-balance, the DBS’ transaxle eight-speed automatic gearbox meanwhile executes shifts in a silky-smooth and responsive fashion, whether operating automatically or via fixed steering column-mounted manual-mode paddle shifters.

Immersive and inviting
Reminiscent of the DB11, with which it shares a front double-wishbone and rear multi-link suspension configuration, the DBS is a similarly comfortable, reassuring and settled continent-crunching high-speed GT. That said, its dynamic envelope and driving experience is distinctly tauter, more focused, and immersive. The Superleggera is a honed corner-carving supercar with crisp reflexes and meatier, quicker steering. More direct and precise through corners, without being fidgety, it turns in with immediacy and tight body control. It is nimble, balanced, and intuitively exacting in responses and movements, but nevertheless resilient to both under- and over-steer.

The Superleggera’s vast reserves of grip meanwhile deliver superior road-holding commitment and confidence to many tail-happy “super” GTs. A reassuring yet connected drive, its stability and traction systems operate in a complementary — rather than obstructive — manner, while brake-based torque vectoring and a limited-slip rear differential enhance its agility and ability to manage its prolific power. Default ride quality is meanwhile buttoned-down but smooth and sufficiently supple, becoming stiffer and more focused in Sport and Sport+ modes, while gear shifts similarly become more responsively succinct and aggressive.

Extravagant yet inviting, the DBS is luxuriously refined inside, with high-end quilted leathers, woods, metals, and Alcantara, and generous standard assistance, safety, convenience, and infotainment features. It is practical for a supercar, with well-spaced, supportive, and comfortable front seating, and accommodates weekend luggage for two. But as a decidedly driver’s car, rear seats are for occasional use. Seemingly shrinking around the driver as familiarity grows, the DBS is easily placed through corners. Its decent front visibility is complemented by a blind spot warning, and rear and bird’s eye view cameras for rear view confidence.

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