DARING DBX DRIVES DESIRABILITY
Aston Martin has always been one of the most desirable motoring brands in the world. You don’t get an endorsement from a certain Mr Bond without creating some of the most stylish and effortlessly cool models that a lucky few get to drive never mind own. Classic cars like the DB5, DB6 and DBS are some of the most iconic cars of all time and their increasing value a sign of their desirability and status. Ove the years the legendary models kept arriving despite the fact the company were never far from bankruptcy and at the turn of the century things weren’t looking as rosy for the brand, however things have certainly turned around for Gaydon’s finest.
Aston Martin have been on a bit of a roll recently, their DB11 and DBS models have received praise aplenty, the latest Vantage is a return to their finest iteration of what a sportscar is all about, and then there is their latest creation; the DBX. A swansong model for their outgoing CEO, the DBX is an inevitable model for many high-end manufacturers these days, the luxury high-performance SUV. Porsche, Bentley, Rolls Royce and even Lamborghini have all succumbed to the popularity of the luxury SUV to boost their sales, yet Aston Martin were under more pressure to succeed than most.
Firstly the car has to not only look desirable like only an Aston Martin can, it also needs to sound, drive, handle and perform like an Aston Martin too. Performing well ‘for an SUV’ wouldn’t be enough, it needs to redefine what an SUV is capable of in order to keep their loyal clientele happy, whilst also appealing to more potential buyers than ever before. Secondly the car needs to sell well and on a global scale. New investment, a brand new state-of-the-art factory in Wales and a recent stock market flotation means this is one of their most important models to date in order to safeguard the future of the company.
The DBX has the first lot of boxes ticked already. It may be their first foray into the 4×4 market but the car is unmistakably an Aston Martin. From the traditional ‘DB’ grille, the long shapely bonnet and the muscular bodywork, right down to the ducktail appearance of the boot lid, the DBX doesn’t disappoint with its aggressive looks. The car looks powerful yet elegantly sculpted from and angle and give a hint to the performance and capability within. Utilising their recent relationship with Mercedes AMG, the DBX features the same 4.0 litre V8 engine found in the DB11 and Vantage, a proven formula that provides consistent and impressive results. Using all new aluminium bonding and a custom platform, the DBX weighs in at 400kg lighter than some of its rivals, meaning that the 542bhp and 516ft lb of torque can propel the car from 0-62mph in an impressive 4.3 seconds and onward to a top speed of 181 mph.
Thanks to the lighter weight and deceptively low centre of gravity, the car is 74mm lower than a Bentayga and 20mm lower than a Cayenne, the handling is also razor-sharp and very impressive for a car of this size. Bringing in the top chassis engineer from Lotus ensured that the handling was always going to be impressive, especially thanks to the triple chamber air-suspension, Bilstein active dampers and 48V anti-roll system. Combining all that with smart all-wheel drive with electronically controlled centre and rear differentials means that Aston really have ‘pushed the boundaries for what is possible for an SUV’ according to said former Lotus chassis engineer. Undoubtedly the car performs exactly as an Aston should.
Inside, the car is every bit as Aston Martin as you would expect. The finest leathers combined with infinitely customisable trim, colours and stitching mean that previous owners would instantly feel at home. The long wheelbase length provides an abundance of space inside, perfect for cruising in your elevated driving position, and for multiple uses thanks to the practicality and possible configurations.
If, as Aston Martin are hoping, this is your first experience of ownership of the brand, it would not disappoint. The sales figures that the company are hoping for will have to wait and see, but if the quality of the product they are offering is anything to go by, then they should have no problems matching or even exceeding them.
Our Aston Martin DBX is a rare 1913 Edition, one of the first 500 DBX’s to be built and commemorated with limited edition 1/500 badging, sill and engine plaques and a personal inspection by CEO Andy Palmer. This exceptional car is finished in Zaffre Blue metallic from the Q Exclusive Paint range with full Obsidian Black Caithness leather with Spicy Red contrasting stitching. The car comes with an extensive list of optional features to include 22” Sport wheels, Quilted and perforated Caithness leather interior, Aston Martin wings embroidered to headrest in the same contrasting Spicy Red, Climate front and rear seats, Smoked rear taillights, Privacy Glass, Exterior Upper Black pack, Heated steering wheel, Power tailgate and much more. The car has covered just 5,950 miles and comes with the remainder of an Aston Martin manufacturer warranty until September 2023 and the remainder of an Aston Martin 3-year service pack until September 2023.