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Editors' First Take

Normally a quick blast from corner to corner down a well-loved road is enough to show you what a car can really do. Not so in the Aston Martin DBX707, a car with so much power you keep running out of space. It's quite a ways up from the standard SUV Aston launched just a couple of years prior -- not only in power, but also in feel and style.

At the DBX707's launch in Sardinia, Aston's new man at the top, former AMG boss Tobias Moers, didn't mince words when he talked about his intent for Aston Martin going forward: It'll be more performance-biased, slicker and will almost certainly bother a manufacturer that rhymes with "Smorsche" in a far more meaningful fashion. But the product needs to be up to snuff to do that, and Moers isn't the kind of chap to let a pup leave the factory gates.

The DBX707 looks, in every way, bigger than the standard DBX. Moers' new direction means more purposeful looks across the board, but because the DBX707 packs a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 kicking out 697 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque, it also needs a massive mouth to keep its engine cool. 62 mph arrives in 3.3 seconds, which is impressive for a nearly 5,000-pound SUV, and its top speed of 193 mph makes it the fastest SUV in the world. The car's aero has been set up to keep things neutral at silly speeds, and an optional set of carbon ceramic brakes make sure you can lose some of that massive speed when you need to.

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