Aston Martin DBS Superleggera
Slideshow: It might have an Italian moniker, but everything about this car screams British ingenuity in the most refined way possible.
Super Light Super Powerful
Superleggera means super light, but that’s only half the equation of this new Aston Martin. Snarling beneath the hood, you’ll find a 5,200cc V-12 that is powered by two turbos, which makes perfect sense given the inventor of the gas turbine was an engineer from Nottinghamshire. BHP is 715 or in other words: you better have your lawyer on speed dial.
ZF Auto Box
ZF transmissions are the go-to choice for so many manufacturers these days. You can find these boxes on everything from the latest Lamborghinis to the fastest Porsches in the world. Supplied with the Superleggera is a custom 8-speed unit that is tailored to engine needs in a way that unleashes the best part of the power band at all times.
We have to address the fact that this car is substantially more expensive than the DB11. With an increase of over $100,000 to the base car that can have as much as 600 horsepower, the DBS Superleggera's lighter chassis and more powerful powertrain are complimented by a few more subtle differences.
Details Add Up
Most specifications are the same as the base car, however, the Superleggera is wider by 3 inches. It is also different aerodynamically in terms of cooling and bodywork. Carbon fiber pieces improve the center of gravity as well, which has to be factored into the end result. These minor details in this special edition add up to provide a noticeable improvement.
Immaculate. There is no denying that Aston Martin absolutely nailed it on the design here. It’s refined, modern, and luxurious to the N-th degree. When you’re wrapped up in something this comfortable that has a V-12 soundtrack and 700 horses on tap, there really is no nitpicking. Just Perfection.
The Superleggera is a car that will appeal to people who don’t care about spending an extra $50,000 or more on a car that is exclusive for all the right reasons. It’s fast, looks good from every angle, and has an interior to die for. And besides, James Bond is driving one in an upcoming movie. What’s cooler than that?