The 2019 DBS Superleggera is the company’s new halo model, a lightweight super GT dressed with sculpted carbon fiber body panels and an apparently really angry twin-turbo V12 under the bonnet.
Aston Martin’s 5.2-liter V12 has been tuned to produce 715hp (725PS) and 663lb-ft (900Nm) of peak torque. Paired to it is a rear-mounted ZF eight-speed automatic transmission while the rear axle features a mechanical limited-slip differential with torque vectoring.
The British brand claims the new DBS Superleggera is capable of a 0-62mph (100km/h) in 3.4 seconds and a 0-100mph (161km/h) in 6.4 seconds. As a car “dedicated to delivering an unforgettable driving experience”, Aston’s flagship also claims class-leading in-gear acceleration, offering 50-100mph in fourth gear in 4.2 seconds. Top speed is 211mph (339km/h).
The tuned V12 engine is paired to a new exhaust strategy with active valves and quad tail pipes for a properly powerful soundtrack, especially in the more aggressive drive modes. But the new DBS Superleggera is not a straight-up brute; instead, Aston Martin says it combines the responses of a supercar with the refinement of a super GT.
The curvy bodywork also employs an advanced aero agenda, giving the new DBS Superleggera 180kg of downforce at top speed. This is the highest figure ever for a series production Aston Martin.
The chassis is an evolution of the aluminum architecture that debuted with the DB11, featuring forged double wishbones at the front and a multi-link system at the rear. The suspension gets the latest-generation adaptive dampers fitted as standard. There are three driving modes to choose: GT, Sport and Sport Plus.
“DBS Superleggera not only marks the return of a great Aston Martin name, but signals our return to the very pinnacle of the Super GT sector,” said Andy Palmer, Aston Martin CEO. “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. Immaculately styled, obsessively engineered and outrageously potent, the new DBS Superleggera is every inch the Aston Martin flagship”.
Pricing for the 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera kicks off from £225,000 in the UK, 274,995 euros in Germany and $304,995 in the USA. First deliveries are expected to begin during the third quarter of 2018. Still want that Ferrari 812 Superfast?