The 697 hp DBX model from Aston Martin offers the performance of a supercar.
Aston Martin, which is looking to expand the appeal of its best-selling vehicle in recent years, the DBX SUV, is adding a high-performance version that accelerates to 100 km / h in just 3.1 seconds.
That level of performance in what Aston calls the “most powerful SUV in the world” is priceless. When the DBX707 arrives in the second quarter, it is expected to cost between £ 189,000 and £ 200,000 in its UK home market.
The DBX707 takes its name from the power of the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 derived from Mercedes-Benz. Using the European metering system, the 32-valve V-8 is rated at 707 hp.
The engine of the SUV is essentially a readjusted version of the unit that powers the current DBX, which is rated at 542 hp and offers a time from 0 to 100 km / h of 4.3 seconds. The engine is mated to a nine-speed wet-clutch transmission, a new gearbox that Aston engineers say offers faster and more direct shifts than the conventional hydraulic automatic transmission used in the DBX.
“We’ve truly unlocked DBX’s performance potential to create a world-class high-performance SUV,” Ralph Illenberger, head of Aston Martin’s powertrain, said in a statement. “The huge gains we’ve found in both power and torque demonstrate not only the inherent skill of the 4.0-liter V-8 bi-turbo, but also Aston Martin’s appetite and ability to find solutions. uncompromising engineers, ”he added.
The DBX707 gets a new bigger grille, with new air intakes and brake cooling channels. The daytime running lights have also been redesigned. Cosmetic changes help to channel more air into the engine compartment to cool the twin-turbo engine. The rear of the vehicle has a spoiler to help reduce the lift at high speeds, and the rear air diffuser has been enlarged.
The interior has also been updated with a new lower console that adds switches for driving modes; previously, the driver selected the modes via a screen and submenus. The switches adjust the suspension system, transmission shift program, traction control and exhaust sound.
In its first year of production, Aston delivered approximately 3,000 DBXs. Last year, the British carmaker sold 6,182 vehicles globally.
The first deliveries are scheduled for the beginning of the second quarter of 2022. The model can be ordered through Aston Martin Bucharest, Official Aston Martin Dealer in Romania.