Aston Martin debuts its new DBS Superleggera flagship

Aston Martin debuts its new DBS Superleggera flagship


HERE’s a show-stopper for you, ladies. Aston Martin revealed to the world today its super-hot 2019 DBS Superleggera. A stunning blend of modern design and engineering, the super GT is the third model in the British automaker's much-discussed Second Century plan which calls for seven new cars in seven years. 

The Superleggera takes over as the British marque’s new super GT flagship, filling the void left by the Vanquish which finished production late last year.

'Aston Martin chief designer Marek Reichman and his team have done an impressive job moulding the body to produce curvaceous aerodynamics designed both to cheat the wind while clamping the car to the road.'

Those familiar with Aston Martin will be across the DBS name as it dates back to the late 1960s, while Superleggera is usually tied to hot Italian cars, reflecting the innovative lightweight construction methods used as part of the automaker's earlier work with Italian coach builder Touring.

The result is a sports car which, like most Aston Martins, is likely to appeal more to men than women with its athletic and aggressive lines. That oversized grille’s certainly going to polarise some women. 

Still, Aston Martin chief designer Marek Reichman and his team have done an impressive job moulding the lightweight carbon composite and aluminium body to produce curvaceous aerodynamics designed both to cheat the wind while clamping the car to the road. Nothing need slow you down in this car.

Indeed, there’s tremendous power and torque on board providing for immediate response and in-gear performance. The in-house developed 5.2-liter twin-turbocharged V12 produces 715 horsepower to make short work of the 100 km/h sprint in just 3.4 seconds. The claimed top speed is a blistering 340km/h. Tuning of the V12 coupled with a new active exhaust system apparently produces a uniquely Superleggera growl. No doubt.

The rear-mounted eight-speed automatic transmission can be tested in three dynamic modes - GT, Sport and Sport Plus. The exterior is completed with two alloy wheel options, both coming standard at 21-inch diameter cased in Pirelli tyres designed specifically for the Superleggera.

Inside, sports seats lined in leather and Alcantara are fitted as standard along with the usual mix of luxury items you’d expect in an Aston Martin. The long list of  standard equipment includes keyless entry, tyre pressure monitoring system and a 360-degree camera with Parking Distance Display and Park Assist. 

The sound system has DAB plus Bluetooth audio and phone streaming, iPod, iPhone and USB playback. And, of course, there’s an integrated satellite navigation system and Wi-Fi. All the in-car infotainment systems use a dial-controlled central LCD screen.

The DBS Superleggera will start arriving in Australian showrooms towards the end of this year, with a convertible option being added next year. Pricing will start at $A517,000 plus on-road costs. Ferrari’s 812 Superfast and Bentley’s Continental GT would be counted as rivals.