Aston Martin has revealed the all-new DBS Superleggera, which is set to become the British marque’s new super-GT flagship, replacing the Vanquish S.
Evolving aerodynamic concepts first seen on the DB11 – such as the so-called ‘curlicue’ and ‘Aeroblade’ – and then taking things further with an F1-inspired double-diffuser at the rear, the DBS Superleggera generates 180 kg of downforce – the highest figure ever for a series production Aston Martin.
The new model is also the fastest and most powerful car ever produced by the company. Featuring a 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 engine that develops 715 bhp at 6500 rpm and 664 lb-ft of torque from 1800-5000 rpm, the GT is able to reach a maximum speed of 211 mph, while 62 mph from rest takes only 3.4 seconds.
And all of that power and torque is sent to the 21″ rear wheels via a new rear-mounted ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. There’s also a new exhaust strategy with active valves and quad tail pipes.
Chassis details, meanwhile, include forged double wishbones at the front and a multi-link system at the rear, as well as carbon ceramic brake discs measuring 410 mm at the front and 360 mm at the rear, gripped by six-piston and four pistons front and rear respectively.
The DBS Superleggera is also built around a bonded aluminium underframe, which, when combined with a carbon-fibre body, means it achieves a dry kerb weight of 1693 kg – a significant 72 kg lighter than the DB11.
“With DBS Superleggera we had the perfect opportunity to celebrate Aston Martin’s unrivalled Super GT pedigree. We wanted to create a car that combined cutting edge aerodynamics with the classic muscularity and presence for which our most potent series production models are renowned. The result is a shape of true purity and exceptional efficiency – one that generates a significant increase in downforce without any drag penalty,” says Aston Martin design boss, Marek Reichman.