2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is a super car in GT guise

Article by Christian A., on June 29, 2018

Aston Martin has finally unveiled its newest V12-powered flagship that combines the power and sportiness of a super car and the refinement and luxury of a GT – the new Aston Martin DBS Superleggera.

The new Aston Martin combines two names that have been considered memorable names. The name “DBS” is derived from an iconic nameplate that made its debut in 1967. The moniker “Superleggera,” on the other hand, is a tribute by Aston Martin to the groundbreaking innovative lightweight construction methods initiated by renowned Italian coachbuilder, Touring.

Thus, the new Aston Martin DBS Superleggera brings the best of two worlds into one Super GT. It boasts of remarkable power and dynamics to deliver an exhilarating driving experience. At the same time, the new DBS Superleggera delivers a high level of craftsmanship as complemented by an opportunity for customers to personalize the Super GT according to their tastes and preferences.

The new Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is underpinned by an evolved version of the latest generation lightweight bonded aluminum chassis that made its debut on the DB11. This chassis employs forged double wishbones on the front and a multi-link system at the rear, as complemented by the latest generation adaptive damping

As standard, the new DBS Superleggera features tire pressure monitoring system, keyless entry, as well as a 360-degree camera with Parking Distance Display and Park Assist. Aside from an integrated satellite navigation system and Wi-Fi hub, the new DBS Superleggera employs an audio system with DAB plus Bluetooth audio as well as phone streaming, iPod, iPhone and USB playback.

Also standard on the DBS Superleggera are aromatic leather and Alcantara upholstery, Sports Plus performance seats and steering wheel. Two 21-inch alloy wheel designs are offered: ‘Y’ Spoke Forged Wheel (standard) and the Lightweight Twin Spoke Forged wheel, both shod with Pirelli tires

Aston Martin will commence US deliveries of the new DBS Superleggera in the fourth quarter of 2018, with a starting price of $304,995.

Exterior Design

In terms of looks, the new Aston Martin DBS Superleggera features a muscular styling employing sculpted carbon fiber body panels. Its sleek exterior design combines elegant curves and advanced aerodynamics.

It also generates a lot of downforce at 180 kg (397 lbs) – the highest among any series production Aston Martin, thanks to aerodynamic elements like the curlicue, Aeroblade and an F1-inspired double-diffuser. Interestingly, the DBS Superleggera generates thus much downforce with no additional drag penalty.

Powertrain

Powering the new DBS Superleggera is a 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12 engine that is mounted low and as far back in the chassis to further lower the Super GT’s center of gravity and optimize its front-to-rear weight distribution. Aston Martin tuned this V12 engine to deliver 715 bhp of max output at 6,500rpm and 664 lb.-ft. of peak torque between 1800 rpm and 5,000 rpm.

The V12 engine sends power to the rear wheels through a new rear-mounted ZF eight-speed automatic transmission with a mechanical limited-slip differential and torque vectoring. With plenty of power at hand, the new DBS Superleggera could sprint from zero to 62 mph in just 3.4 seconds and from nil to 100 mph in 6.4 seconds. In could also accelerate from 50 mph to 100 mph -- in fourth gear -- in just 4.2 seconds. As for top speed, this Super GT could go as fast as 211 mph.

Press Release

INTRODUCING THE NEW DBS SUPERLEGGERA: TWO ILLUSTRIOUS NAMES; ONE MAGNIFICENT SUPER GT

A true thoroughbred that marks the return of not one, but two illustrious names. With DBS, Aston Martin is reviving an iconic nameplate that first appeared on in 1967, while Touring’s famous mark – Superleggera – will once again adorn the bonnet of an Aston Martin. A collaboration that originally paved the way to the DB4, 5 and 6 Mark 1, DBS Superleggera pays homage to the historic super lightweight construction technology of the famous Italian coachbuilder.

In the new DBS Superleggera, Aston Martin has a Super GT that’s a breed apart. One that takes the fight to the world’s best on its own terms. Clad using immaculately sculpted carbon fibre body panels this latest model is blessed with muscular, highly individual styling. A look that’s perfectly matched by epic performance courtesy of Aston Martin’s 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12, tuned to produce tremendous power and immense torque for breath-taking response and extraordinary in-gear performance.

As the British marque’s magnificent new Super GT flagship, DBS Superleggera replaces the esteemed Vanquish S. That’s a tough act to follow, but one it was born to do. With 725PS, 900Nm of torque, a top speed of 211mph and blistering acceleration that dispatches 0-62mph in just 3.4 seconds and 0-100mph in 6.4 seconds, DBS Superleggera is a car dedicated to delivering an unforgettable driving experience and class-leading in-gear acceleration, with 50-100mph achieved in fourth gear in a mere 4.2 seconds.

While being resolutely modern in design and engineering, DBS Superleggera proudly evokes the towering reputations of Aston Martin’s hardest hitting and best-loved flagships from the past. Combining generous proportions with aggression and athleticism, DBS Superleggera expresses itself with an explicit design language. One that combines compelling curves with advanced aerodynamics for a sleek shape that both cheats the wind and clamps the car to the road.

Evolving innovative aerodynamic concepts first seen on the DB11 - such as the curlicue and Aeroblade - and then taking 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.

The heart of DBS Superleggera is Aston Martin’s 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 engine. Set low and as far back in the chassis as possible to optimise the centre-of-gravity and weight distribution, this high-performance engine develops 725PS at 6500rpm and 900Nm from 1800-5000rpm. Detailed tuning of the V12 together with a new exhaust strategy with active valves and quad tail pipes ensures DBS Superleggera has a commanding and powerful sound character, particularly in the more aggressive dynamic modes, while retaining a level of refinement and civility that compliments its role as the consummate Super GT.

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, with the capability of a maximum speed of 211mph.

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. 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 - which can be selected by the driver to intensify or relax DBS Superleggera’s responses according to the needs of the driver.

DBS Superleggera features a generous level of standard equipment, including keyless entry, tyre pressure monitoring system and a 360-degree camera with Parking Distance Display and Park Assist. The audio system has DAB plus Bluetooth audio and phone streaming, iPod, iPhone and USB playback. There is also an integrated satellite navigation system and wi-fi hub. All the in-car infotainment systems use a central LCD screen, controlled via a central dial.

As befits its flagship status, DBS Superleggera features a high level of craftsmanship with extensive scope for personalisation via a generous choice of options. Supple, aromatic leather and Alcantara upholstery comes as standard, as do the Sports Plus performance seats and steering wheel. 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. There is also a choice of striking Designer Specifications, with specially chosen colour and trim combinations selected by the Aston Martin Design Team to accentuate certain aspects of DBS Superleggera’s character.

Aston Martin President & 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”.

Priced from £225,000 in the UK, EUR 274,995 in Germany and $304,995 in the USA, deliveries of DBS Superleggera are scheduled to begin in Q3 2018.

Source: Aston Martin

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