Aston Martin is introducing its most powerful regular production car: the DBS Superleggera, which boasts a 715-horsepower turbocharged V12 engine. One big selling point is that the vehicle will sell for a fraction of the price of the company’s exclusive Vulcan, Valkyrie, and One-77, which cost millions to procure. Those who want a DBS Superleggera will pay around US$300,000 with an expected delivery by the end of the year.
“Handsome beyond measure, its lightweight carbon composite and aluminum body is sculpted into a shape with tremendous presence and charisma,” commented Aston Martin President & Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Andy Palmer. “Thanks to the remarkable torque available from its twin-turbo V12, DBS Superleggera also packs a breath-taking punch, yet its dynamics have been carefully honed to engage drivers of all ability levels.”
Dupped the British marque’s new Super GT flagship, the DBS Superleggera is replacing the Vanquish S and features carbon fiber body panels. It’s described as having “muscular, highly individual styling” as well as “compelling curves with advanced aerodynamics for a sleek shape.”
Superleggera means “super light” and harkens back to Aston Martin’s first Superleggera model, 1961’s DB4. That model featured an ultralight body, and the 2018 reiteration is built with very light but super strong carbon fiber and aluminum, reported CNN.
“We wanted to create a car that combined cutting edge aerodynamics with the classic muscularity and presence for which our most potent series production models are renowned,” noted Executive Vice President & Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman. “The result is a shape of true purity and exceptional efficiency – one that generates a significant increase in downforce without any drag penalty.”
It has a top speed of 211 mph and accelerates from zero to 62 mph in 3.4 seconds. Drivers can reach 50-100 mph in fourth gear in just 4.2 seconds. The car also sounds nice due to its active valves and quad tail pipes.
The DBS Superleggera features an eight-speed automatic transmission and three dynamic modes that control the vehicle’s suspension, engine and transmission—GT, Sport, and Sport Plus—which can be turned on based on the driver’s desire to amp it up or relax during a Sunday drive. It has leather seats (including two in the back), an advanced audio system, and a wi-fi-hub.
Consumers can personalize the vehicle to accommodate their tastes. The 21-inch alloy wheels come in the standard “Y” Spoke Forged Wheel or the Lightweight Twin Spoke Forged wheel with specially fitted Pirelli tires made just for he DBS Superleggera. There are also various interior color and trim combinations.