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The Color? Red! The Epithet? Italian! The new Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is not shy of comparison with the competition from Maranello. He doesn’t have to – because the sports car is the more stylish Ferrari.


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Wednesday, 01.08.2018
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The first impression: Futuristic Fighter – or as the Designer of the car, Marek Reichmann, would say, “Brute in a Suit” – a beast in a suit.

Says the manufacturer: “With the DBS Superleggera we return to the top of the Gran Turismo segment,” explained Aston Martin CEO, Andy Palmer, and taunts against “a red car from the South,” without the current Ferrari range-topping Superfast the name to call. Even the name of the Aston Martin was a kind of tit-for-tat, said the Designer, Reichmann a news Agency at the Premiere of the vehicle. Both DBS as well as Superleggera appeared for more than 50 years in the nomenclature of the British. But in Italian, “Superleggera” (super light weight) is also a reaction to the English “Superfast” (Super-fast) the nickname of the Ferrari 812.

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Aston Martin DBS Superleggera:
Very Ferrari

The we noticed: this Aston Martin adheres to the unwritten rules of the automotive aristocracy. Where other cars of its caliber to apply like stresses thick, the DBS Superleggera, the super sports car with style. By no means the engineers have messed up the aerodynamics. On the contrary, The subtly laminated air tail surfaces to generate downforce at full throttle up to 180 pounds and the car presses so solid on the road than any other Aston-Martin-series model before.

Also on the inside you don’t feel in the DBS more like a Suite, as long as you tried to climb on the backs of the seats, which are only good as extended storage. Yes, the chairs provide appreciable lateral support, but they are also thicker and softer leather, as in many a luxury saloon. Behind this high level of saddler’s art – which can keep the driver in the Form of the steering wheel even in the hands. Where look – everywhere the use of noble materials, such as in a Bentley or Rolls-Royce, it’s just that Aston is applying there too, not quite as thick.


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Driving the DBS are not in question – what is no wonder, with a V12-Motor with 725 HP and 900 Nm. The sprint value from Zero to 100 in just 3.4 seconds, the Top speed is 340 km/h. the flagship of the British as their most famous brand Ambassador James Bond: The DBS moved with style and with perfect manners, he springs soft and comfortable, and the curves he swings more than he scratches. But the Aston has a second character that is shown with a solid step on the accelerator. The so silky circuit changes gears suddenly with vehemence, the adhesion between the Asphalt and rubber is the electronically controlled suspension is more important than a litter of the same comfort.

Take a look in the interior of the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera – with our 360-degree photo:

Yet for all the enthusiasm for the car, a question can’t be answered by the DBS after a day test-drive: Why shouldn’t someone who has the money to buy, just a DB11? Because the new flagship is only a little from the next smaller model. In comparison to the DB11 AMR, the DBS only has 85 HP more, and the more luxurious features of the Superleggera is not a justification for a fee of 60,000 euros.

The need to know: The DBS Superleggera uses the same architecture as the DB11 and the Vantage, and thus also the electronics, the Aston Martin, the cooperation partner Mercedes-AMG buys. The digital instruments, various wizards, automatic distance control and the Infotainment equipment. Thus, the DBS in advance of the Vanquish, although lengths. But because AMG is only the second latest Mercedes technology, and missing, of all things, the perhaps subtle most super sports a touch-screen car, for example.

The engine comes from Köln: On the factory grounds of Ford employees from Aston Martin to build the 5.2-litre, twelve-cylinder engine with two Turbos. Combined the engine with an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission, which is mounted to the benefit of the balanced weight distribution in the so-called Transaxle design in the rear.

Unlike the DB11, the DBS has at least a few more body parts made of carbon, the effect on the weight. However, at just under 1700 pounds empty weight, it is a “Superleggera”.

We will not forget: The gold-plated oil Cap, except for the mechanic never someone face to face to get. This is a style which, in the case of Ferrari in vain. In case of doubt, a cheap part is from a Fiat shelf installed.

Vehicle registration certificate

Manufacturer:
Aston Martin

Type:
DBS Superleggera

Body:
Coupe

Engine:
V12-Cylinder Turbo-Petrol Direct-Injection

Transmission:
8-Speed Automatic

Drive:
Rear

Engine:
5.204 ccm

Performance:
725 HP

Torque:
900 Nm

From 0 to 100:
3,4 s

Maximum speed:
340 km/h

Consumption (ECE):
12.3 litres

CO2 emissions:
285 g/km

Fuel:
Super

Weight:
1.693 kg

Price:
274.995 GBP

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