Next Level: DBS Superleggera
To say this was the most powerful Aston Martin would be incorrect because of the 1,130-PS Valkyrie. To say that it was the most powerful production Aston would be just as inaccurate because of the 800+PS Vulcan. However, we can safely say that, with its 725-PS twin-turbo V12, the new DBS Superleggera is the most powerful Aston DB car ever! Stunning looks, as always, are a part of the equation and the DBS Superleggera has pronounced lines and sharp curves joined by a gaping black front grille that hints at its exponential air-intake needs. The added breathing is needed for Aston’s own 5,204-cc twin-turbo V12 that’s been turned up to a mega 725 PS and 900 Nm in the new DBS. Those prodigious figures arrive at 6,500 rpm and between 1,800 and 5,000 rpm respectively, and translate into equally impressive claimed performance figures, especially when you take into account that the DBS Superleggera weighs just 1,693 kg (dry). That’s a power-to-weight ratio of 428 PS/tonne.
Aston Martin, quite happily, state that it will do 0-100 km/h in 3.4 seconds, 0-160 km/h in 6.4 seconds, and go on to 340 km/h. The DBS also features evolved aerodynamic concepts first seen on the DB11, including the curlicue and Aeroblade, and takes things further with an F1-inspired double-diffuser, which generates 180 kg of downforce at its top speed — the highest figure ever for a series production Aston Martin. Notably, this increase comes with no additional drag penalty.