Aston Martin wanted to create a car that has no problem throwing down its gloves in front of a Ferrari 812 Superfast. That might seem like a tall order, but knowing what sort of punch the new Vantage and the DB11 AMR can pack, we have no reason to doubt that Aston Martin was ready to take another huge step forward in terms of performance and refinement. Not to mention in design: The result, the DBS Superleggera you see here, is a $304,995 V12 powerhouse with unmatched presence.
Seven hundred and fifteen horsepower, 664 lb.-ft. of torque, a zero-to-60 run in 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 211 miles per hour—at which point the DBS Superleggera will produce 397 lbs. of downforce. These are your core figures in a straight line, but Aston’s latest should be equally exciting in the corners, thanks to a mechanical limited slip differential, torque vectoring, carbon ceramic brakes and the latest in adaptive damping.
While the DBS Superleggera is based on the same bonded aluminum structure as the DB11 AMR, according to chassis guru Matt Becker, its performance is at a whole new level. That’s partly thanks to its engine, which produces 85 more horses in this tune. Having 715 horsepower at 6500rpm and 664 lb.-ft. of torque all the way from 1800 up to 5000rpm means that the DBS Superleggera will reach 100mph in 6.4 seconds, or accelerate from 50 to 100mph in 4.2 seconds in fourth gear.
Speaking of gears, ZF’s eight-speed automatic has been re-calibrated for this car once again, featuring a lower final drive (2.93:1) for improved acceleration. Yet there’s no penalty at the top end: The car will still do 211 miles per hour.
All that twin-turbo V12 power goes to the rear via carbon fiber driveshaft. You also get dynamic torque vectoring, which should be more effective than ever thanks to the carbon ceramic brakes.
The DBS Superleggera is also lighter thanks to a mostly carbon fiber body, weighing 3732 lbs. without fluids. Front-rear weight distribution is a nearly-ideal 51:49, while most of the mechanical grip comes courtesy of 265-width P Zeros at the front and 305s at the rear.