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ON THE ROAD- IAN LYNAS PREVIEWS THE NEW ASTON MARTIN DBX707

We have all got used to the term supercar; now we have a new one- “Super SUV” and certainly the new DBX707 from Aston Martin is like no other.

This new model takes the company to the top of the segment with a unique combination of blistering performance, supreme dynamics, unmistakable style and absolute luxury. Aston Martin has engineered the new vehicle with an abundance of character and compelling capability, making the DBX707 the ultimate SUV in every respect. Three claims regarding this amazing SUV; it is the fastest, the most powerful and has the best handling. Not by blindly chasing benchmarks, but achieved on its own terms and in its own way. For Aston Martin, this meant ensuring there is nuance behind the numbers; world beating power and pace matched by exceptional precision, dynamic flair and genuine engagement for an addictive and uniquely impressive driving experience. The engineers took the V8 DBX’s widely acclaimed design, dynamics and driver-pleasing character as its starting point and the new super SUV builds brilliantly on those authentic sporting attributes. Every area of the vehicle has been enhanced to boost performance, intensify driving pleasure and amplify its on-road presence and ,take it from me, it has a giant helping of the latter.

In bringing the DBX707 to market the engineering team set about realising the full potential of the DBX’s four litre twin-turbocharged V8; the new vehicle’s engine now features ball bearing turbochargers and a bespoke engine calibration to liberate more power and torque; allied with a high performance SUV is a nine speed wet clutch automatic transmission. Capable of managing much increased torque loadings compared with a regular torque converter automatic, this high-performance transmission allows output of the four litre V8 to be lifted to an immense 707PS and 900Nm, increases of 157PS and 200Nm over the V8 version. There are benefits with the new wet clutch transmission and most noticeable are faster gear changes compared to the torque converter transmission and the feel of the shift is more immediate and direct, which gives the driver an increased sense of control and responsiveness, and a dramatic character change from the V8. Launch capability is also improved; the DBX707 takes a mere 3.3 seconds to reach 100kph (62mph). Hand in hand with performance is stopping power; the standard fitment of carbon ceramic brakes, measuring 420mm front and 390mm rear and these discs are gripped by six piston callipers resulting in a 40.5kg reduction in unsprung weight. There are revisions to the braking system’s hydraulic sizing and booster tune improve pedal feel and braking response for greater precision and driver confidence. Wheels and tyres are 22 inch as standard (in a choice of Sport and Ribbon designs), with an optional 23i inch alloy wheel offered in a choice of textured black or satin black with diamond turned highlights. The adoption of a larger wheel also brings dynamic benefits, with the larger diameter tyre offering improved steering response, better primary body control and improved lap times.

In addition a new version of the electronic limited slip rear diff and key to the exceptional handling is an air suspension system and the DBX707 features a dedicated chassis tune optimised to its uncompromising demands. This high performance SUV stands out from the crowd; new front-end treatment sees the DBX receive a larger front grille and all-new design of DRL complete with new air intakes and brake cooling ducts, plus a new front splitter profile. The satin chrome grille has been enlarged to significantly increase cooling airflow. Dark satin chrome window surrounds and new louvered bonnet blades co-ordinate perfectly with the front grille and gloss black splitter, continuing along the flanks with gloss black side sills, which now feature a deeper and more heavily sculpted profile to give the new model a ground-hugging stance.

A nice touch is the addition of soft-close doors, further enhancing the SUV’s luxury credentials. I was not surprised to discover that the sporting theme continues inside with sport seats fitted as standard and all seat options come with 16 way electric adjustment plus heating in front and rear as standard. There are three choices of interior environments, standard-fit Accelerate, which features a mix of leather and Alcantara, as well as the optional Inspire, Comfort and Inspire Sport, which features full semi-Aniline leather complete with embroidered Aston Martin wings on the headrest, a contrast stripe down the centre of the seat and perforation pattern in the seat back and base cushion. The interior features a dark chrome finish to switchgear as standard and bright chrome and carbon fibre can be specified as an option. Piano Black veneer is standard with carbon fibre or bronze metal mesh veneer finishes available as an option. Looking to further enhance and create something truly unique, Q by Aston Martin, the brands bespoke service delivers the ultimate in personalisation, offering an extensive palette of options, from unique graphics through to tinted carbons and bespoke materials on both the interior and exterior. Yes for me the new DBX707 is the ultimate SUV.

Ian Lynas

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