Aston Martin finally revealed the shape and details of the DBS Superleggera’s return, and it is glorious. What you’ve likely already noticed is that the car looks sleek and appropriately aggressive, thankfully avoiding the angry sneer that has overcome far too much vehicle design these days.
This car doesn’t just look great, it’s the real deal. Of course, you’ll have to take it to the track to really tap the jaw-dropping performance, considering the 5.2-liter twin-turbo V-12 pulses out 715 horsepower and 663 lb.-ft. of torque. It does 0-62 in 3.4 seconds, does 0-100 in 6.4 seconds, and can hit a blazing-fast 211 mph. Channeling all that power to the rear wheels is a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission.
Those are impressive figures, but consider for a moment that Aston Martin really went for lightweighting this time. Gone are the days of the brand producing big-boned cars, because the DBS Superleggera tips the scales at 3,733 pounds. That explains the dramatic acceleration, plus it helps with cornering and stopping performance. While the car uses the same aluminum architecture, carbon fiber body panels help further with keeping the weight off.
To keep the car on the ground at high speeds, the different aero bits produce up to 397 pounds of downforce. That’s more than any other production Aston Martin ever.
This is another step in the right direction for Aston Martin, which has been thriving after being released from Ford’s grasp.