Aston Martin DBS Superleggera First Look Review: A Brute In A Suit

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Combining brute force with Aston looks is a recipe for success.

Let’s take a moment to be thankful that we now live in a world were we can walk into a new car showroom, and drive away in a 700-horsepower car. The base Aston Martin DB11 with its 600-hp 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12 isn’t what we’d call slow, but the British automaker decided to take it up a notch with the new DBS Superleggera. Strike that, Aston has taken things up several notches. The 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12 now produces a whopping 715 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque, making it an match for almost any car on the market.

Power is sent to the rear wheels through an eight speed automatic transmission – sorry manual lovers. 0-60 mph takes 3.4 seconds, 0-100 mph takes 6.4 seconds, and the top speed is 211 mph. These numbers are staggeringly quick when examined in a void, but how does the DBS stack up against its rivals? To be frank, there aren’t too many luxury coupes that can hold a candle to the Aston. The now out-of-production Bentley Continental Super Sports was close with a 700 hp twin-turbo W12, matching the Superleggera’s 0-60 time and hitting a top speed of 209 mph. A Super Sports version of the new Continental will arrive eventually, but nothing is confirmed.

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