Aston Martin has taken the wraps off its latest supercar and the replacement for the Vanquish, the all-new DBS Superleggera. The new car is, as expected, a V12 front engine GT and heralds the return of the DBS marque into the Aston Martin lineup. The new car also brings back the Superleggera name and badge to the Aston Martin family with an homage to design house and coachbuilder 'Touring', which was responsible for some absolutely spectacular Aston Martin designs of the past. The Superleggera (lightweight) badge also means that the new DBS takes its weight reduction very seriously for maximum performance and efficiency.
Much to the delight of the petrolhead, Aston Martin has decided to retain the signature V12 engine in the new DBS Superleggera. The engine, a 5.2-litre biturbo V12 makes an insane 715 bhp of peak power and 900 Nm of peak torque, all of which goes to the rear wheels though a ZF 8-speed automatic gearbox. While the older DBS was available with a manual gearbox, the new DBS Superleggera will be available only with an automatic. The DBS Superleggera does 0-100 kmph in 3.4-seconds and on to an electronically limited top speed of 211 mph or 340 kmph. Yes, electronically limited!
The DBS Superleggera also has torque vectoring and a limited slip differential for best performance. Although officially a front engine'd car, the DBS Superleggera's V12 is actually mounted in between the front and rear wheels so it is technically a mid-front mounted engine giving it a great weight balance between the front and the rear.
And now that we are done with things like specs and tech, lets talk about what this car is really about. The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is drop dead gorgeous! It is as pretty as Catherine Zeta Jones in Zorro. Maybe even more. Based on the DB9 which was always a gorgeous yet restrained automobile in terms of design, the DBS Superleggera takes design to a whole new level. We can confidently say that this is now, without a doubt, the prettiest car in the world (in series production).
The front end has been accentuated by the larger bumper with bigger intakes on either side of the new larger grille along with a carbonfibre splitter. The bonnet gets two large vents to air cooling while the vent on the front fender has been accentuated and finished in carbonfibre too.
Around the rear, the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera gets even more carbonfibre along with a massive diffuser. The car also gets a major redesign with slim tail lamps, a lip spoiler and quad exhausts. All in all, the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is an absolutely stunning car. The DBS Superleggera also gets an 'Aston Martin' script badge at the rear instead of the standard winged logo, which although at first glance looks a little strange, does manage to grow on you really quickly and add to the luxury + performance aspect of the car.