Aston Martin DBS Superleggera revealed

Following a few teasers and spy shots, Aston Martin has now revealed the stunning new DBS Superleggera. It brings back two iconic nameplates; the DBS and Superleggera (super light).

It’s described by the company as a “magnificent Super GT”, combining a grand touring V12 powerplant with the sportscar-like lightness of exotic materials such as carbon fibre. It comes in to replace the Vanquish S.

At the heart of it is a 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 engine that produces 534kW of power at 6500rpm, and a whopping 900Nm of torque between 1800-5000rpm. Across the tarmac this propels the sexy beast from 0-100km/h in just 3.4 seconds, with a top speed of 340km/h.

It’s not just about power and speed, though. That beautiful body is actually sculpted from carbon fibre to save weight. The exterior has also been aerodynamically engineered to deliver optimum downforce and efficiency, with concepts from the DB11 extended with the help of a double diffuser and more aggressive front end. At speed, the DBS Superleggera can generate up to 180kg of downforce.

Being an Aston Martin means the in-car experience is just as appealing as the stuff on the outside. Passengers are cocooned in concoction of handcrafted furniture, with leather and Alcantara, exquisite detailing around the dash fascia, and a multitude of colour combinations to choose from.

As standard there’s a central LCD screen with a 360-degree view camera, digital radio, and Bluetooth with iPhone and USB playback options. There’s also integrated sat-nav and Wi-Fi hub. Aston Martin boss Dr Andy Palmer spoke about the car in a statement, saying:

“DBS Superleggera not only marks the return of a great Aston Martin name, but signals our return to the very pinnacle of the Super GT sector. Handsome beyond measure, its lightweight carbon composite and aluminium body is sculpted into a shape with tremendous presence and charisma.”

Deliveries of the new model are scheduled to commence during the third quarter of this year for most of the world, while in Australia it’s set to arrive during the fourth quarter or early in 2019. Prices in Australia will start from $517,000 (excluding on-roads).

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.