There he is, the hottest car at this time! The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera in Hyper Red is a true neckbreaker. We had the privilege of taking it out for a few days and we had a blast! The car that was built with the perfect combination of craftsmanship and German engineering.
Even in the DBS Superleggera we find the influences of Daimler, not that there's anything wrong with that but it (already) looks a little bit dated. You'll forget this though the second you look closer at the interior. The interior cabin has a super sleek design that starts at the seats and end at the roof. The DBS Superleggera is a true Grand Tourer with all the luxuries and amenities necessary for a comfortable and thrilling cruise.
A little over a year ago I attended the introduction of the DBS Superleggera in London. I immediately fell in love with the design of the Superleggera. The name may be a little unfortunate, because with a weight of 1700kg this car is everything except lightweight. This may come as a surprise seeing as the hood is already made out of carbon fiber to save weight. By doing this the car managed to shed 72kgs compared to the DB11. However, this goes to show the ' Superleggera' term isn't just a marketing term.
Back to the design, sir Marek Reichman had this subject as his responsibility and this is not his first time designing at Aston Martin, as a matter of fact he's been doing this for a little while. With the DBS Superleggera he managed to lift himself to a higher level. A huge grille, wide wheel arches, a beautiful hood and thighs of a supermodel. The temptation is irresistible and leads to the perfect combination, morphing to what could be considered the perfect body. Something for the Italians to be jealous about! On the rear we meet again with the Aeroblade II™. Air disappears behind the rear windows into a deep and dark hole, to be pushed out over the trunk. This results in a significant increase in downforce on the rear axle.
The downforce on the rear axle is needed because the front axle carries a huge V12, twin turbo V12 good for 725hp and 900Nm of torque! This of course needs to be kept of the road, the weight of the car helps but the Aeroblade II™ technology is essential at high speeds. This is self-evident after driving for a good amount. Not only did the design steal my heart, but also the amazing V12 engine. The acceleration simply does not stop until you get well over 300 km/h and the soundtrack of the V12 leaves you craving even more and more. In Sport mode the exhaust crackles and pops beautifully when you let go of the accelerator, something Aston Martin has been known for for years.
The DBS Superleggera does a sprint to 100km/h in only 3.4 seconds. A few seconds later you hit 200 km/h thanks to the immense amount of torque, available from only 1800rpm. Aston Martin lists 340km/h as the top speed of this car. The DBS is a real supercar, that also houses the capability of being an amazing Grand Tourer to cruise in comfortably.
The GT Mode is the most comfortable setting for the vast majority of your trips. Sport and Sport Plus leave you looking up phone numbers for a chiropractor, but they result in perfect cornering abilities. The steering is light, maybe a little too light for such a car since it makes you forget that you're driving a big GT . By going directly to Sport Plus mode the otherwise relatively tame GT car changes character into a devilish character. Comfort makes way for performance. The power train, transmission, exhaust and response are perfectly in sync. No subtle gear changes but wrecking balls from the transmission, and no violins but brass ensembles from the exhaust. The screaming V12 is pure joy.
Thanks to the 900Nm of torque the grip of the tires get tested to the extreme. This is what makes driving fun, albeit a little too much fun at times fortunately the driving modes can help in this aspect, there's something for everyone. Due to the precision and sharpness of steering the DBS is the perfect car for a day of backgrounds driving.
There are few cars in this class that have been this enjoyable. The DB11 which we drove years ago didn't have the X-Factor the DBS has. Aston Martin did a great job of delivering a car that is such a great experience to drive. The Superleggera will be at least €350.000 (prices may vary depending on tax) and it's worth every penny. It's a car that will bring you happiness in ownership every day. It's a car made to take away customers from Ferrari and/or Porsche. At this point there simply isn't a competing car to this level of craftsmanship and class.