The Aston Martin DBX is already a useful piece of equipment, what with its Mercedes-AMG derived 4.0 litre twin-turbocharged V8 producing 550 PS and 700 Nm of torque. But we’re dwelling in the Instagram and TikTok era, the place merely being useful isn’t sufficient – it’s good to be the finest and the mostest at one thing. Welcome, everybody, to the DBX707 – the most powerful luxury SUV on the market.
As you might need guessed, the identify refers to the quantity of energy on faucet – 707 PS to be exact, a whopping 157 PS over the “standard” automobile. That’s extra energy than any AMG mannequin on sale that doesn’t have any electrical help. Torque, in the meantime, has been bumped up by a not-insignificant 200 Nm to 900 Nm.
The enhancements come from new ball bearing turbos and revised engine mapping, whereas the Mercedes-sourced nine-speed automated gearbox additionally swaps out its torque converter for a moist startup clutch to resist the a lot larger torque output. This is primarily AMG’s Speedshift MCT 9G transmission that made its debut in the W213 E 63.
With a brand new launch management system and faster, extra direct shifts, the DBX707 swings its digital speedometer needle previous the 100 km/h mark in simply 3.3 seconds, matching the Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT and beating the Lamborghini Urus. Keeping all this velocity in examine are standard-fit carbon ceramic brakes with 420 mm entrance and 390 mm rear discs, clamped by six-piston callipers and tweaked to enhance pedal really feel and cooling.
Power continues to be despatched to all 4 wheels by a variable setup that may shuffle as much as 100% to the rear wheels, though the switch case will get revised energetic logic for extra harmonious and exact management between the driveline and the stability management. The digital limited-slip differential at the again has additionally been strengthened to deal with the elevated torque and has a shorter remaining drive ratio for extra vivid acceleration.
Although the primary suspension structure and triple-chamber air springs stay an identical, the DBX707 advantages from a retune that provides new damper valving and recalibrated spring quantity switching for higher physique management and steering response. The 48-volt energetic roll stabilisation system has additionally been adjusted to enhance agility and dealing with stability, whereas the electrical energy steering has been revised for larger effort build-up off-centre.
Naturally, the elevated efficiency warrants a extra extroverted exterior, so the DBX’s humongous grille – already the largest ever fitted to an Aston – has been made even larger and full of double slats. The LED daytime operating lights have additionally been slimmed all the way down to a single strip, permitting extra air to circulate into the new air intakes and brake ducts. A brand new entrance splitter has additionally been fitted.
Elsewhere, you get new louvred bonnet blades, darkish satin chrome window trim and deeper and extra closely sculpted aspect sills. The rear finish is embellished with a tailgate spoiler lip and a large double diffuser integrating the quad exhaust suggestions. The wheels proceed to be 22-inch objects as commonplace, with 23s obtainable that supply higher steering response and physique management by the bigger tyres.
Step inside (the doorways now include a soft-close operate, which is good) and also you’ll discover a very related inside to the commonplace automobile, albeit with commonplace Sport seats and new leather-and-Alcantara and full semi-aniline leather-based upholstery choices. The centre console additionally sports activities a brand new rotary drive mode selector and devoted buttons for the suspension, stability management, guide gearbox mode and energetic exhaust.
Of course, you’ll be capable of select from a large number of choices, resembling carbon fibre and bronze steel mesh trim; you’ll even have entry to a bewildering array of Q by Aston Martin personalisation choices that can seemingly add a substantial quantity to the price ticket. Production will kick off in the first quarter of the 12 months, with deliveries beginning early the following quarter.