Published on March 21st, 2019 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Can Be Yours From RM1,205,000
Styled by Aston Martin’s in-house designerWilliam Towns, DBS was a dramatic departure from the DB6 it was conceived tocomplement as a flagship model for the brand. Powered from launch by AstonMartin’s celebrated Tadek Marek-designed inline-six engine (in both regular andmore powerful Vantage specifications) the fastback four-seater DBS was producedalongside the ageing DB6 for three years, until the older car was finallyphased out in 1970.
Two years into production, the six-cylinderDBS was joined by the DBS V8, which was powered by Aston Martin’s all-new,all-alloy 5.3-litre V8 engine. Featuring distinctive alloy wheels in place ofthe original car’s wire wheels and ventilated disc brakes to cope with theincreased performance, DBS V8 was hailed as the world’s fastest four-seaterproduction car. In total, just over 1000 DBS examples were built between 1967and 1972, including both V6 and V8-powered editions.
After a 35-year hiatus the DBS name wasrevived in 2007, when the all-new DBS was unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concoursd’Elegance. A development of the DB9, DBS went on-sale the following year,replacing the first generation Vanquish S.
In the new DBS Superleggera, Aston Martin has a Super GT that’s a breed apart. One that takes the fight to the world’s best on its own terms. Clad using immaculately sculpted carbon fibre body panels this latest model is blessed with muscular, highly individual styling. A look that’s perfectly matched by epic performance courtesy of Aston Martin’s 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12, tuned to produce tremendous power and immense torque for breath-taking response and extraordinary in-gear performance.
As the British marque’s magnificent newSuper GT flagship, Aston Martin DBS Superleggera replaces the esteemed VanquishS. That’s a tough act to follow, but one it was born to do.
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With 725PS, 900Nm of torque, a top speed of211mph and blistering acceleration that dispatches 0-62mph in just 3.4 secondsand 0-100mph in 6.4 seconds, DBS Superleggera is a car dedicated to deliveringan unforgettable driving experience and class-leading in-gear acceleration,with 50-100mph achieved in fourth gear in a mere 4.2 seconds.
While being resolutely modern in design andengineering, Aston Martin DBS Superleggera proudly evokes the toweringreputations of Aston Martin’s hardest hitting and best-loved flagships from thepast. Combining generous proportions with aggression and athleticism, DBSSuperleggera expresses itself with an explicit design language. One thatcombines compelling curves with advanced aerodynamics for a sleek shape thatboth cheats the wind and clamps the car to the road.
Evolving innovative aerodynamic conceptsfirst seen on the DB11 – such as the curlicue and Aeroblade – and then takingthings further with an F1-inspired double-diffuser, DBS Superleggera generates180kg of downforce at VMAX: the highest figure ever for a series productionAston Martin. This significant increase comes with no additional drag penalty.
The heart of Aston Martin DBS Superleggerais Aston Martin’s 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 engine. Set low and and as far backin the chassis as possible to optimise the centre-of-gravity and weightdistribution, this high-performance engine develops 725PS at 6500rpm and 900Nmfrom 1800-5000rpm. Detailed tuning of the V12 together with a new exhauststrategy with active valves and quad tail pipes ensures DBS Superleggera has acommanding and powerful sound character, particularly in the more aggressivedynamic modes, while retaining a level of refinement and civility thatcompliments its role as the consummate Super GT.
DBS Superleggera deploys its prodigiouspower and torque to the rear wheels via a new rear-mounted ZF eight-speedautomatic transmission. Featuring a mechanical limited-slip differential andtorque vectoring for precise, predictable and exploitable handling and a lowerfinal drive for explosive in-gear acceleration, Aston Martin DBS Superleggeracombines the responses of a supercar with the refinement of a GT, with thecapability of a maximum speed of 211mph.
The chassis is an evolution of the latestgeneration lightweight bonded aluminium structure first seen on the DB11, withforged double wishbones at the front and a sophisticated multi-link system atthe rear. Latest generation adaptive damping is fitted as standard, withsensors detecting the prevailing driving conditions, as well as the demands thedriver is making of the car. Both the powertrain and chassis have a choice ofthree dynamic modes – GT, Sport and Sport Plus – which can be selected by thedriver to intensify or relax DBS Superleggera’s responses according to theneeds of the driver.
Aston Martin DBS Superleggera features agenerous level of standard equipment, including keyless entry, tyre pressuremonitoring system and a 360-degree camera with Parking Distance Display andPark Assist. The audio system has DAB plus Bluetooth audio and phone streaming,iPod, iPhone and USB playback. There is also an integrated satellite navigationsystem and wi-fi hub. All the in-car infotainment systems use a central LCDscreen, controlled via a central dial.
As befits its flagship status, DBSSuperleggera features a high level of craftsmanship with extensive scope forpersonalisation via a generous choice of options. Supple, aromatic leather andAlcantara upholstery comes as standard, as do the Sports Plus performance seatsand steering wheel.
There is a choice of two alloy wheeldesigns: the standard ‘Y’ Spoke Forged Wheel and the Lightweight Twin SpokeForged wheel. Both are 21″ in diameter and fitted with Pirelli tyresdeveloped specifically for DBS Superleggera. There is also a choice of strikingDesigner Specifications, with specially chosen colour and trim combinationsselected by the Aston Martin Design Team to accentuate certain aspects of DBSSuperleggera’s character.
As befits its position as the flagship ofAston Martin’s series production range, the new DBS Superleggera is a trulystunning piece of design. Designed in-house at Aston Martin’s Gaydon HQ, underthe guidance of Executive Vice President & Chief Creative Officer MarekReichman, DBS Superleggera captures the spirit of its great Super GT ancestors,combining the inherent elegance for which Aston Martin is renowned with rawpotency and pure aggression. The result is a distinctive and imposing machineblessed with tremendous physical presence, but also a shape of unusual purity,balance and immaculate detailing.
Continuing Aston Martin’s pursuit of highlyindividual designs for each of its models, Aston Martin DBS Superleggeracombines perfect proportions and painstaking surfacing. Its magnificentphysique – flawlessly sculpted utilising lightweight carbon fibre panels – iscompelling, while carefully considered details create areas of intrigue whileclearly showcasing the aerodynamic functionality that sets this supreme SuperGT from its rivals.
The bold front grille is influenced by oneof the most repeated shapes found in nature – the honeycomb – while thebonnet’s elongated power bulges and flared nostril bonnet vents create adynamic sense of speed, while emulating its spiritual predecessor. Withdrawn-in flanks sculpted to accentuate the muscularity of the broad frontshoulders and powerful rear haunches, DBS Superleggera boasts a dramaticallyhoned physique that mirrors the extreme muscular nature of its performance.
The front splitter and airdam work in unison, accelerating airflow underneath the front of the car to deliver true downforce and assist cooling by feeding air to the front brakes. The new deeper side strake draws more air from the front wheel arch to reduce lift and aid high-speed stability. Behind the front wheels, the so-called ‘open stirrup’ and ‘curlicue’ – inspired by the Aston Martin Vulcan and Vantage GTE race car – allow air to escape and flow cleanly along the car’s flanks. At the rear, the combination of a Double Diffuser and enhanced Aeroblade ll cleverly ducts airflow to generate additional drag-free downforce – the highest ever achieved by a series production Aston Martin with 180kg at VMAX.
The interior makes an equally boldstatement: clear, intuitive ergonomics and flowing lines combined with bold useof materials. Brilliantly supportive Sports Plus seats hold you firmly in placebut readily deliver exceptional long-distance comfort, while the faceted SportsPlus steering wheel is tactile perfection. A hooded Sports binnacle shrouds therecessed instruments to further enhance the driver-focussed cockpit feel.
Fixed, full-length paddle shifters facilitate up and downshifts without the driver having to reposition their hands on the steering wheel during cornering, with the shift actuation honed for a direct and positive feel. The centre console features the familiar array of ‘PRND’ transmission buttons in the upper section, with smooth touch-sensitive HVAC controls located in the lower portion. Operation of the infotainment system is via a centrally-mounted control dial.
The new DBS Superleggera will be available for viewing in the showroom. For viewing appointment, please call +60 3 2163 1196. Estimated price from RM1,205,000 before duties.
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