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Aston Martin DBS returns with Superleggera construction

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The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera marks the return of not one, but two illustrious names. While the DBS is a revival of an iconic nameplate that first appeared in 1967, the Superleggera adorns the bonnet, paying homage to the super lightweight construction technology of the famous Italian coachbuilder.

As you might have guessed already, the DBS Superleggera is based on the DB11, and replaces the Vanquish S. The tastefully done exterior gets AMR-esque grille, gloss carbon fibre exterior package, 21-inch forged “Y” spoke wheels and dark anodised brake calipers. As always, the options list is big and includes more gloss black and gloss carbon fibre finishes.

With the “F1-inspired double-diffuser”, the DBS Superleggera generates 180 kg of downforce at VMAX – the highest ever for a series production Aston Martin. The signature LED tail lamps get dynamic turn signals.

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In the standard specification, the interiors get aromatic leather and Alcantara upholstery, Sports Plus performance seats with memory and heating, dark chrome accents, Aston Martin premium audio system, 8-inch infotainment, Satellite Navigation, 360-degree camera and more.

Options include carbon fibre steering wheel, embroidered headrest – Aston Martin wings, ventilated seats, Bang & Olufsen BeoSound audio system, Aston Martin tracking and Garage door opener.

Power
The 5.2-litre V12 bi-turbo develops 715 bhp @ 6500 rpm and 900 Nm of torque @ 1800-5000 rpm, paired to an 8-speed ZF that sends power to the rear wheels. The DBS Superleggera sprints from 0-100 km/h in 3.4 seconds, and on to a top speed of 211 mph or about 340 km/h.

Aston Martin says that the 900 Nm of torque delivers exceptional in-gear acceleration, with 50-75 mph in 4th gear taking just 2.0 seconds and to 100 mph a further 2.2.

The car also features Adaptive Damping System (ADS) with Skyhook technology, Positive Torque Control (PTC) and Dynamic Torque Vectoring (DTV). Braking duties are handled by carbon ceramic brakes measuring 410 mm at front and 360 mm at rear.

Construction
As for the construction, the DBS Superleggera is built around a bonded aluminium underframe. Together with carbon fibre body panels, the car’s dry kerb weight is 1693 kg – 72 kg lighter than the DB11 (V8 Coupe). The propeller shaft is made of carbon fibre too. Weight distribution is 51:49.

The DBS Superleggera carries a price tag of £225,000 in the UK, €274,995 in Germany and $304,995 in the USA. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in Q3 2018.

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