Aston Martin reveals twin-turbo DBS Superleggera V12
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Aston Martin has revealed the first images of the DBS Superleggera ahead of its international launch next month.
The grand tourer gains Aston Martin’s 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 engine and will become the flagship for the British marque.
The British company has decided to revive the iconic DBS nameplate that first appears in 1967 while Superleggera pays homage to the innovative lightweight construction methods pioneered by Italian coachbuilder, Touring.
With 900Nm of torque, a top speed of 339km/h and blistering acceleration that dispatches 0-100km/h in just 3.4 seconds, the DBS Superleggera is class-leading in-gear acceleration, with 80km-160km/h achieved in fourth gear in 4.2 seconds.
DBS Superleggera deploys its prodigious power and torque to the rear wheels via a new rear mounted ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. Featuring a mechanical limited-slip differential and torque vectoring for precise, predictable and exploitable handling and a lower final drive for explosive in-gear acceleration, DBS Superleggera combines the responses of a supercar with the refinement of a GT.
The chassis is an evolution of the latest generation lightweight bonded aluminium structure first seen on the DB11, with forged double wishbones at the front and a sophisticated multi-link system at the rear.
Clad using sculpted carbon fibre body panels this latest Aston martin sports car has muscular, highly individual styling, an is evolution from the DB11 that has the innovative aerodynamic concepts of the curlicue and Aeroblade.
The DBS Superleggera takes things further with an F1-inspired double-diffuser, DBS Superleggera generates 180kg of downforce at VMAX: the highest figure ever for a series production Aston Martin. This significant increase comes with no additional drag penalty.
Latest generation adaptive damping is fitted as standard, with sensors detecting the prevailing driving conditions, as well as the demands the driver is making of the car. Both the powertrain and chassis have a choice of three dynamic modes – GT, Sport and Sport Plus.
There is a choice of two alloy wheel designs: the standard ‘Y’ spoke forged wheel and the lightweight twin spoke forged wheel. Both are 21” in diameter and fitted with Pirelli tyres developed specifically for DBS Superleggera.
Aston Martin president and chief executive officer, Dr Andy Palmer said: “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.
“Handsome beyond measure, its lightweight carbon composite and aluminium body is sculpted into a shape with tremendous presence and charisma.
“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”.
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