The new 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera might not exactly live up to its ‘super light’ name weighing in at 1.7-tonnes, but it makes up for that with a 715-horsepower 12-cylinder twin-turbocharged engine…
Aston Martin reserves the suffix ‘DBS’ for particularly potent flagship models, ever since first introducing the name back in the 1960s. Then there is the even rarer Superleggera, which is an exotic tag only applied to cars designed by Italian firm Carrozzeria Touring, although that rule doesn’t apply these days. Put the two together, and you get the new DBS Superleggera, and with that, some pretty high expectations to boot.
And so Aston Martin’s latest flagship has some tough acts to follow, and tougher competition to beat – in the Middle East when the car arrives by the end of the year, the 2019 DBS Superleggera will go up against stuff like the Ferrari 812 Superfast and the new Bentley Continental GT.
But let’s get back to the name – Superleggera means super-light in Italian, although the British car is anything but. Even with a roughly 70kg saving over the DB11 it’s based on, the new DBS Superleggera still hits the scales at 1,700kg.
That shouldn’t be a problem however when you consider the powerplant under the carbon fibre bonnet – Gaydon’s in-house 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged V12 has been boosted from the stock 600bhp to 715bhp and 900Nm of torque, all going to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. Expect 0-100km/h in 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 330km/h, plus, which compares quite favorably to the DB11’s 3.9 seconds and 322km/h respectively.
The new carbon fibre body is styled more aggressively, incorporating a larger front grille, lots of glossy black accents, new taillights and headlights, plus new wheels over the upgraded brakes. More carbon fibre in the DB11-like cabin shaves a gramme here and there.
And anyway, within context the DBS Superleggera is truly lightweight if you compare it to the all-wheel drive tech-laden Bentley that weighs 2.25-tonnes, and it’s also not far off the 1,630kg Ferrari.
After the car is officially launched, you can expect a drop-top version and plenty more Astons to follow as part of Gaydon’s commitment to one new car launch every year all the way to 2023, including an SUV, a hypercar, and maybe even a saloon.