Power Corrupts Magnificently
CAR|February 2019
Power Corrupts Magnificently

This is the pinnacle of Aston Martin’s road-car range. We headed to England to sample one of Britain’s most tantalising sportscars.

Wilhelm Lutjeharms

IT needs to be as good to drive as it looks.” At least, that’s how Aston Martin chief engineer, Matt Becker, described the (unofficial) mission statement for the DBS Superleggera’s development programme at the firm’s headquarters in Gaydon.

I’m about to find out if Aston Martin has successfully delivered on its brief. The firm’s ideals for the flagship seem achievable; we were impressed with the new Vantage (as featured in the January 2019 Performance Shootout), which is obviously smaller and nimbler than a DBS, but still exceeded our expectations.

It has been seven years since the Gaydon-based marque discontinued the DBS range (a name first used in 1967) but now a new model bearing the evocative Superleggera suffix (it was coachbuilder Touring’s famous mark) has arrived.

Make no mistake, the DBS is a large GT (it measures 4 712 mm long and is 1 968 mm wide) and has oodles of presence, even when parked.

Upon closer inspection of the Aston’s sinuous sheet metal, the exquisite styling elements present a feast for the eyes… Consider the large radiator grille with the side intakes, the sculptured bonnet and those air outlets behind the front wheels.

Those acquainted with the DB11’s beautiful cabin will immediately feel at home in the Superleggera. The sumptuous leather trim on the seats, steering wheel and part of the dashboard, plus the rich stitching along the roof lining, contribute to a plush ambience (during a preceding brief tour of the factory, I found out that Aston Martin uses leather exclusively sourced from Scotland).

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February 2019