Aston Martin has just announced its most powerful regular production car to date. Called the DBS Superleggera, it pays homage to two nameplates that were first used by the company in the 1960s. It's so beautiful that I'm crying into my morning coffee like the sad pleb I am.
The Superleggera is following in the footsteps of its Vanquish predecessor, with a V12 twin-turbo engine that delivers 715 horsepower, 533kW and 900Nm of torque. From what we've heard it will apparently go from 0 to 100km/h in 3.4 seconds. We can see why this is the new flagship.
Now to be fair, Aston Martin has made more powerful machines in the past, such as the Valkyrie and Vulcan, but they tended to be limited editions with price tags in the millions. And while anyone I know is unlikely to casually buy one, the DBS Superleggera is comparatively affordable at AUD$517,000.
When it comes to aesthetics, the DPS Superleggera has been designed to look stunning, but also deliver on athleticism. The shape and curves are both sexy and aerodynamic, which heaps with wind resistance on the road.
The name 'Superleggera' is Italian for 'super light' and much like its 1961 DB4 counterpart, it has been made with weight in mind, but with a modern twist. It utilises the same bonded lightweight aluminum structure that we saw in the DB11 with double wishbones on the front and a multi-link system at the back.
Adaptive dampening in also comes as standard with in-built sensors to detect the driving conditions. The powertrain and the chassis have three different modes - GT, Sport and Sport Plus so its driver's choice when it comes to how the car performs. This versatile inclusion means it can be used on the track, as well as during a leisurely country drive to the holiday house that exists only in my dreams.
The luxury car also has a nice injection of tech inclusions that come as standard, such as keyless entry, satellitr navigation, a Wi-Fi hub, and a 360-degree camera with parking distance and park assist. For audio, there is DAB plus Bluetooth, phone streaming, iPod, iPhone and USB playback.
The interior standard comes with leather and Alcantara upholstery, Sports Plus performance seats and steering wheel. But there is a lot of room for personalisation when it comes to wheel design, colour and trim combos.
Aston Martin President & Chief Executive Officer, Dr Andy Palmer said: "DBS Superleggera not only marks the return of a great Aston Martin name, but signals our return to the very pinnacle of the Super GT sector. Handsome beyond measure, its lightweight carbon composite and aluminium body is sculpted into a shape with tremendous presence and charisma. Thanks to the remarkable torque available from its twin-turbo V12, DBS Superleggera also packs a breath-taking punch, yet its dynamics have been carefully honed to engage drivers of all ability levels. Immaculately styled, obsessively engineered and outrageously potent, the new DBS Superleggera is every inch the Aston Martin flagship”.
The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera will start at $517,000 plus on road costs and be available either late Q4 2018 or early Q1 2019.
Ford has just announced when the limited edition Mustang Bullitt is going to hit Australian shores. Pony aficionados may already know that the Bullitt is an ode to the 1968 Mustang GT Fastback that Steve McQueen drove in the movie of the same name. Containing one of the most iconic on-screen car chases of all time, the film is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
Even if you're not a classic film buff, this car is still god damn sexy.