If you’re an Aston Martin driver or aspire to be one. You no doubt know of the release of the company’s newest flagship GT, the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera.
Why are we so confident that you’re keenly aware of the new model unveiled in late June? Aside from the obvious fact that it’s a new Aston. This is the most significant new Aston since the launch of the Vanquish in 2001.
With that length of time as the flagbearer for the marque. It might be difficult to remember a time when the Vanquish wasn’t top of the Aston heap. But the Superleggera may deliver enough goods to quickly make the Vanquish a fond memory of how things used to be.
What’s ‘New’ About the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera?
Not to start a quick review of a new high-performance Grand Tourer on its looks, but it is what you first observe about the Superleggera. The differences in styling between the DBS Superleggera and the Vanquish are not nearly as profound as between the Vanquish and its predecessor, the Aston Martin Virage.
That said, the differences are distinctive from the moment you look at the front end of the car. The first thing you spot is a clue to what really sets the Superleggera apart. The front grill spills the beans on the increased air intake. And that can only mean more horsepower, right?
But this isn’t just a nominal bump in power that comes along with a model update or new version. The Vanquish S coupe was introduced in 2017 with about 30 more BHP being squeezed out of the famous 5.9-litre V12. That’s a 5% boost in BHP.
The Superleggera Delivers 17% More Power
With 715 BHP being drawn from a 5.2-litre, twin-turbo V12, the Superleggera offers a full 120 BHP more than the Vanquish S.
How that power gets to the massive Pirelli P Zeros gives you the next clue to another Superleggera advancement. Its drive shaft is made of carbon fibre, as are many of its body panels. The result is a 72 kg weight reduction over the DB11 V12.
More power moving less weight produces some impressive acceleration numbers. The Superleggera accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds, and from 50 to 100 mph in 4.2 seconds, topping out at 211 mph.
And that’s really the bottom line for the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera primer. Its lighter and faster than its predecessor. But there’s a lot more to it than that and you’ll have to find that out for yourself.