Aston Martin Debuts DBS Superleggera

Aston Martin DBS Superleggera
Aston Martin has revealed the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera, reviving an iconic nameplate that first appeared in 1967--DBS--with a mark that will once again adorn the bonnet of an Aston Martin--Superleggera. A collaboration that supposedly paved the way for Aston Martin's more legendary models in the DB4, 5 and 6 Mark 1, the DBS Superleggera pays homage to the historic super lightweight construction technology of the famous Italian coachbuilder. The DBS Superleggera replaces the Vanquish S as Aston Martin's flagship model. As expected of a car in its class, the DBS Superleggera has sculpted carbon-fiber body panels and is fitted with advanced aerodynamics, from its design that both cheats the wind and clamps the car to the road to innovative aerodynamic concepts first seen on the DB11--such as the curlicue and Aeroblade--and an F1-inspired double-diffuser. Altogether, these lets the DBS Superleggera generate 180 kg of downforce at maximum velocity--the highest figure ever for a series production Aston Martin. The DBS Superleggera uses an evolution of the lightweight bonded aluminum structure of the DB11, with forged double wishbones at the front and a multi-link system at the rear suspension systems. 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 the car's responses according to the needs of the driver. Powering the DBS Superleggera's rear wheels is a 715 hp, 900 Nm, 5.2-liter, twin-turbo V12 engine that, paired to a rear-mounted ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, propels the supercar/Grand Tourer from zero to 100 kph in 3.4 seconds, with 161 kph reached in 6.4 seconds before it reaches its top speed of 340 kph. In addition, Aston Martin claims a class-leading in-gear acceleration for the vehicle, with 80 to 161 kph achieved in fourth gear in only 4.2 seconds. Helping the DBS Superleggera breathe--and sound--better are a new exhaust system with active valves and quad tail pipes. It also has a mechanical limited-slip differential, torque vectoring for precise, predictable, and exploitable handling and a lower final drive for explosive in-gear acceleration, giving it the responses of a supercar with the refinement of a Grand Tourer. "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," said Aston Martin President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Andy Palmer. "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 USD304,995 (over PHP16.37 million), the DBS Superleggera is scheduled to be delivered to customers in the third quarter of 2018. [gallery size="vw_two_third_thumbnail_no_crop" ids="33812,33813,33820,33822,33815,33823,33816,33817,33818,33819">

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