Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Drives as Good as It Looks

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The all-new Aston Martin DBS Superleggera might not be the fastest car on the planet. But that’s by design.

By now, we’ve admired the new Aston Martin DBS Superleggera from every single one of its gorgeous angles. We’ve also marveled at its impressive stats as well. But as they say, the proof is in the pudding. And in this case, that pudding involves cranking the ignition and going on an actual drive. Mr JWW was lucky enough to enjoy some of that delicious Aston pudding recently, and shared his experience with us in this clip.

The formula for success here is simple and quite traditional. Add power and lightness. Thus, the new DB11-based Aston Martin DBS Superleggera packs a 715 hp/664 lb-ft punch with 158 less pounds to lug around. So it’s obviously quick, doing 0-60 in the low 3s. And as our host notes, the turbos provide you with a “wash” of torque pretty much through the entire rev range.

Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

The biggest difference, however? “Just how taught, and tight, and on its toes this car feels with the revisions that Aston has made to the suspension. I can’t tell you how different it feels from a DB11. It just turns in like a different car.” Make no mistake, of course. This isn’t some hypercar competitor, as the gearbox just isn’t quite up to snuff. But it is an excellent grand tourer.

Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

And that’s by design, of course. As our host notes, “these cars are designed to be approached by people of all driving abilities. You aim is to get in this car and have a great time and make you feel like a hero.” And that’s exactly what the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera was designed to do. It might not be quite as tight or as capable as some of its hypercar competition. But we can’t think of anything we’d rather take on a long, weekend, back road cruise.

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Brett Foote has been covering the auto industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ popular Auto Group websites, including Corvette Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among others.

Foote has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles and every other type of automobile, Foote had spent several years running parts for local dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

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