Fast & Faceted

Part GT, part su­per­car. All ac­tion

Car (South Africa) - - INSIGHT -

Set to be­come the crown­ing model in this pres­tige per­for­mance car­maker’s line-up, the As­ton Martin DBS Su­per­leg­gera will, ac­cord­ing to the firm, of­fer the best of both GT and su­per­car worlds. Built on the DB11’S light­weight alu­minium ar­chi­tec­ture, along with its forged dou­ble-wish­bone front and mul­ti­link rear suspension, the DBS mounts a 5,2-litre biturbo V12 en­gine that sends drive aft via an eight-speed ZF auto ‘box. De­liv­er­ing 533 kw and 900 N.m, the Su­per­leg­gera is good for 0-100 km/h in 3,4 sec­onds and a 340 km/h (lim­ited) top speed.

As­ton’s Ab­bre­vi­a­tion un­packed

As­ton’s new halo model re­unites two il­lus­tri­ous names in mo­tor­ing. Named af­ter for­mer owner of As­ton Martin, David Brown, the “DB”’ pre­fix was at­tached to such icons as the DB4, DB5 and DB6. The “S” suf­fix is a nod to the iconic Ital­ian coach­builder Carozze­ria Tour­ing Su­per­leg­gera, which was re­spon­si­ble for de­sign­ing a num­ber of shapely Fer­rari and Alfa Romeo mod­els. Brown en­trusted the design of a GT model to re­place the ageing DB2 to Carozze­ria.

the DBS is good for a 3,4-Se­cond Sprint and 340 km/h

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