"Aston Martin DBS Superleggera has gorgeous looks and mountains of torque"
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Aston Martin DBS Superleggera has gorgeous looks and mountains of torque
This evening we have seen the return of a name that is pretty iconic really, in Aston Martin's history.
In 1967, the version of this car was introduced to the six cylinder engine.
Then it went to a V8, then there was a bit of a hiatus.
And in 2007, reappeared with a car that's just over there.
And now we have a brand new DBS.
So, what is this car?
Well, under the bonnet is the 5.2 meter twin turbo V12 and now putting out 715 recourse [INAUDIBLE], 664 pounds for the torque.
Not 60 miles an hour, 3.4, not 62 miles an hours, 2.4 seconds, nor up to 100 miles per hour 2.4 seconds.
They're saying that 50 to 100 miles per hour, I know it's a lot of figures but you know they're up there so I'm going to get them out Is just 4.4 seconds, which they're saying is a second quicker, or I've heard rumored is a second quicker than a certain Ferrari 812.
Now, it's worth pointing out that, with all this humongous amount of torque, that [UNKNOWN] this car, although most [UNKNOWN] as a rival to the 812, they're saying it's It's more towards the GT end than that car, which is racy, I should have said.
Other highlights for this car, well aerodynamics.
So as you can [UNKNOWN] see just behind the front arch there, that's now got more veins in it to extra more air from those front arches.
You've also got aeroblade too.
Which lets more air in.
And it's turning wings underneath the car, and it's got a double diffuser at the rear.
All of this adds up to 180 kilos of downforce at its top speed of 211 miles an hour.
Bringing you back down from that speed, well you've got 410 millimeter routers at the front.
Carbon ceramic, Of course and the other parts name is Superleggera, which means super light.
And this car is 72 kilos lighter than the DB11, thanks to mostly carbon body panels.
Carbon body panels it is a very, very good looking thing.
I didn't actually really like the previous DBS.
I thought it looked it's like a DB9.
It's just a bit tarted up.
This has a much more cohesive look to it.
Yes, it is obviously based on the DB11.
But it's much more muscular, much more a fitting car I think for that top of the tree DBS.
So let's talk about the handling, which has obviously been tuned by Matt Becker and that bodes well, because when he got his hands on the Vanquish that really really improved that car.
We've got a mechanical [UNKNOWN] attached to [UNKNOWN] eight speed gear box which is familiar but it's been strengthened and it's got a shorter final drive, as well.
In fact, all the torque isn't available in first and second gear so Much talk is there.
In terms of suspension, we've still got double wishbones in the front, multi-link set in the rear, which seems to be the way with Astons these days.
It's five millimeters lower in terms of it's ride height, than an AD11.
And they've done various things in terms of it's got more camber and the engine mounts in the back being changed so that they are now stiffer longitudinally and laterally, although not vertically.
To give a different sort of characteristic to the car.
Basically to give it, overall, it's gotta have more grip and more traction than the DB11.
But they're saying it's gonna have a breadth of talent, because it's got the three modes in it, which we've seen before, with the adaptive dampers with Skyhook technology.
So GT, Sport and Sport Plus.
Different to the Vantage which obviously added to that race element, sticking with the GT Sport to GT Sport Plus.
And they're saying there's going to be a greater diversity of the range and breadth of the ability of this car.
A super GT then.
Can't wait to drive it, which we should be doing.
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