Production-spec Aston Martin DBX SUV to be unveiled in December
British car manufacturer Aston Martin has reached the final level of development of its first ever SUV, the DBX. The company had first showcased the SUV in the form of a SUV concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor show. The upcoming Aston Martin DBX has gone through real-world driving and high-performance track evaluation at different locations worldwide, including the Aston Martin's engineering centres at Silverstone, UK and the Nürburgring, Germany. The company mentions, "While conducting durability testing at the demanding Nürburgring race circuit, DBX has delivered cornering speeds on par with the brand's most focussed sportscar Vantage, while achieving braking figures greater than the marque's Super GT, DBS Superleggera. This brutal combination of performance for an SUV has already seen Aston Martin's engineering team regularly achieve sub 8-minute Nordschleife lap times during their regular testing regime."
Powering the Aston Martin DBX is a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 that is also seen on the Vantage and DB11 sportscars. DBX's V8 engine surpasses the performance credentials of these V8-powered models delivering 550PS and 700Nm of torque, states the company. Mentioning of the exhaust notes, Aston Martin claims that DBX's vocal chorus has also been honed by the brand's dedicated acoustic team. With a focus on creating a broader, more solid acoustic note, DBX's exhaust system has been tuned to reflect a deep bass with increasing mid-tones, creating true auditory exhilaration, particularly in more sporting drive modes.
"We have concentrated our work to ensure that the calibration and tune of this 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 delivers both the everyday usability and refinement expected by SUV owners. However, we have also focused heavily on matching that with the engaging driving dynamics that are commanded by our brand and inherent in every Aston Martin and early indications of the car's overall performance have been incredibly promising. The next few months will be extremely important to us, as we continue to hone the powertrain credentials and a dynamic setup that will help make this the most exciting SUV on the market" commented, Matt Becker, Aston Martin's Chief Engineer.