For the new DBS Superleggera, Aston Martin have created their most powerful version of the 5.2-litre turbocharged V12 yet. It develops a mighty 715bhp and 900Nm, sending power through the rear wheels via an eight speed ZF box that has been specially adapted to handle the extra torque. 0-62mph takes 3.4 seconds. Top speed? 211. This is a seriously fast Aston Martin.
It also sounds like one. Each of the driving modes – GT, Sport and Sport Plus – turns the volume of crisp, rich exhaust sound up a notch. But you can still be kind to your neighbours with a ‘quiet start’ mode for early mornings.
The chassis specification includes stiffer suspension and anti-roll bars than those of the DB11. A limited slip diff comes as standard along with carbon ceramic brakes.
Marek Reichman, design boss at Aston, believes Aston Martin’s new V12 flagship is aptly-named. ‘When you hear the name DBS Superleggera, you know what it is. It’s the definitive Aston Martin super GT,’ he said.