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Aston Martin DBS Superleggera: a Beast in a British Cage

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Aston Martin has just realised a new GT.

And it is a beast.

Say hello to the DBS Superleggera.

Offering more power + less weight = more fun.

Taking it’s DNA from it’s little brother, the DB11, it features the same aluminum architecture but comes with carbon fiber body panels to amount to a weight loss of 72 kg over the DB11, bring its total mass down to 3,733 pounds or just shy of 1,700 kg.

Up front, it still has it’s iconic honeycomb grille, expect this time, it’s much larger than the previous generation, giving it a much more aggressive look. The new splitter also pushes air under the vehicle for better downforce and brake cooling. There are redesigned fender vents for better airflow from the wheel wells and increased aerodynamic viability. All told, it manages to produce a total of 397 pounds (180 kg) of downforce, which is more than any other series-production AM car to date.

 

It’s All About the Details

 

 

Under the Hood

Powering this British beast is a revamped 5.2-liter V-12 that’s good for 715 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque, with torque holding at max from 1,800 rpm all the way up to 5,000 rpm. Power is shunted to the rear wheels via a new ZF eight-speed automatic transmission that was designed specifically to handle the extra torque.

Here's the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera! Exterior - image 784845

Aston Martin even threw in a lower final-drive ratio and a mechanically operated limited-slip differential for better acceleration and cornering. Add in the new high-flow quad exhaust with adjustable valves, and you get a good soundtrack.

All told, this package adds up to some pretty shocking performance, with the new Superleggera managing to hit 60 mph in 3.4 seconds or 100 mph in 6.4 seconds. 50 mph to 100 mph in fourth gear happens in just 4.2 seconds. Now that’s fast.

 

Interior

Let’s not forget about the delicious interior of the DBS. The forged carbon fibre that was so controversial when it first came out in the Lamborghini Huracan Performante, but we can see it slowly becoming a must-have material for the performance-grade supercars.

Plus, take a minute to appreciate that beautiful stitching pattern on the seats…

Here's the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera! Interior - image 784857

 

Don’t Forget About Accessories

At the end of the day, this is a GT car. A beast built for you to take your wife on a weekend away, so naturally, how could we forget about the bags that come with the car?

 

 

 

Felix Yim
the authorFelix Yim
Founder & Journalist of Society of Speed
A rich life, is a life where you can drive on sports mode and not worry about fuel consumption.