Aston Martin reveals DBS Superleggera as Vanquish replacement


US sales of the new Aston Martin DBS Superleggera are scheduled to kick off in the fourth quarter of this year with prices starting at $304,995. The new auto is, as expected, a V12 front engine GT and heralds the return of the DBS marque into the Aston Martin lineup. It continues to use Aston Martin's curlicue (the area behind the front wheels) and Aeroblade aerodynamic profiles. The car's aluminium and carbonfibre body is a further evolution of what Aston's design team, led by Marek Reichman, have learnt since starting the DB11 project and reinventing Aston Martin's design aesthetic. The look is aggressive, though we're sure the oversized grille will prove polarizing. Helped by an increase in width, the DBS is possibly the most successful interpretation of the company's new design language yet. Aston Martin says peak downforce is 397 pounds or the highest of any regular production road vehicle that automaker's launched yet. 21-inch wheels are given 410 mm carbon ceramic brake discs on the front and 360 mm on the rear; all are ventilated, with six pistons fore and four pistons aft. Deeper side strakes help draw more air through the arch and along the side of the vehicle, reducing pressure and lift to improve high-speed stability.

Aston Martin has refrained from revealing just how light the DBS Superleggera is compared to the mechanically similar DB11 which weighs about 3,900 pounds. There may be no hardware changes to the twin-turbo V12 over the DB11, but Aston claims the engine was always held back in the latter to suit its GT nature. 715bhp at 6500rpm and 664lb ft from 1800rpm through to 5000rpm is a substantial leap from the DB11's 600bhp and 516lb ft. Power is sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed transmission.

As a result, the DBS Superleggera goes from 0-100kph in 3.4sec.

Built on a modified version of the aluminum chassis used by Aston's sublime, and recently expanded upon, DB11, the new vehicle utilizes unique carbon fiber bodywork to fulfill its lightweight obligations and a newly-massaged version of the DB11's twin-turbo V12. It gets forged double wishbones at the front and a multi-link system at the rear.

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The engine mounts have also been revised to control the V12's moving masses better and improve initial steering response, too.

"While we wanted to create a very, very fast vehicle, it was crucial that it didn't terrify less experienced drivers".

The first cars are expected to be delivered to customers around the end of the year.

Aston Martin promises that "detailed tuning" of the V12 along with a new exhaust system with active valves and quad tailpipes ensure that the DBS Superleggera has a "commanding and powerful sound character".