Aston Martin has announced that its first ever SUV, the DBX, will come equipped with a 4.0-litre turbocharged V8 engine. No big surprise there, as it’s the very same one you get in the DB11 and Vantage… and a plethora of AMG-engined Mercs.
Because it started life as an AMG engine.
But in the DBX, it produces more power than either of those other Aston sports cars. Because where those other Aston sports cars produce just over 500bhp, the DBX’s V8 makes 542bhp, and 700Nm.
That’s allied to a chassis capable of – according to Aston Martin – braking figures “greater than the DBS Superleggera”, and cornering speeds “on par with the Vantage”. Testing across Silverstone and That German Racetrack has resulted in “regularly” achieving sub-eight-minute lap times of the Nürburgring.
While Aston hasn’t yet released 0-100km/h or top speed times (consider the V8-engined DB11 weighing 1,760kg does 0-100 in 4.0secs), we’re told 290km/h has been exceeded, and that the DBX’s bones will be further honed over the coming months in order to fulfil its Bruce Banner/Hulk duality.
“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,” explains Aston’s engineering boss Matt Becker.
“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,” he adds.
Indeed, Top Gear can confirm via the medium of official press photography that the DBX will do the whole childish sideways excellence on a track thing. Either that, or the first image of the DBX above sits on the timeline between an exclamation of ‘watch THIS’ and a loud crunch.
The production version of Aston’s first ever SUV will be revealed in December. Excited to see another ‘Ring-honed Super SUV, or do you like your family cars XC90-shaped and sensible?
STORY Vijay Pattni