Global reveal - new super-Aston Martin is called the DBS Superleggera

Superleggera name was always reserved for most aggressive Aston Martin models. Still

It might seem odd for a quintessentially English carmaker to put an Italian name on its auto but "Superleggera" - meaning "super light" - was taken straight from Aston Martin history. Since then, it's appeared on Bond cars before being replaced by the Vanquish in 2012.

The British brand claims the new DBS Superleggera is capable of a 0-62mph (100km/h) in 3.4 seconds and a 0-100mph (161km/h) in 6.4 seconds.

Aston says DBS Superleggera can still play GT. 50-100 miles per hour comes in 4.2 seconds when the DBS Superleggera is already in fourth gear, apparently. The DB11, just two years into its life, has been made sharper still, the new Vantage is a far more exotic design than its predecessor, and a mid-engined 488 rival is confirmed. To boost aerodynamics, the model has an F1-inspired double diffuser. Combining generous proportions with aggression and athleticism, the DBS Superleggera expresses itself with an explicit design language. Aston has kept the Aeroblade and Curlicue aerodynamic features - probably my favorite engineering bit on any current vehicle - but the revised bodywork features a fixed rear wing which presumably does a lot to influence the 397 pounds of max-speed downforce its said to generate.

The chassis takes the DB11's lightweight bonded aluminum structure and outfits it with forged double wishbones at the front and multi-link suspension at the rear. A new adaptive damping system is standard, with three dynamic drive modes - GT, Sport, and Sport Plus - to adjust its temperament.

Slowing the DBS Superleggera are 16.1-inch rotors up front and 13.2-inch rotors in the rear. A mechanically operated limited-slip differential is also part of the package. One of the biggest focuses, it seems, has been giving the DBS Superleggera prodigious in-gear responsiveness. But as with all things Aston Martin, those things are never enough. Peak torque arrives from just 1,800 rpm and continues through to 5,000 rpm.

Aston promises a "high level of craftsmanship" with "aromatic leather" and Alcantara upholstery, a choice of 21-inch wheels and a range of Designer Specifications with trim and colour combinations selected by the company's design studio. It's a 2+2 as well, so there's room in the back for (smaller) passengers.

Underneath its carbon fibre body panels, the DBS Superleggera uses electronic control systems from Aston Martin's partnership with Mercedes-AMG (although the V12 is still an Aston Martin unit). Full leather, contrast colors, carbon fiber, perforating and quilting, various different veneers and inlays, and even five different finishes for the seat belts are on offer. We can see why this is the new flagship.

The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera will start at $517,000 plus on road costs and be available either late Q4 2018 or early Q1 2019. It'll be priced from $304,995.



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