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. Over 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 the Gaydon brand
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, Dr Andy Palmer, 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.
The DBX may be their first foray into the 4x4 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 have predicted, this may be your first experience of ownership of the brand, it will far from 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 2021 Aston Martin DBX is finished in Contemporary China Grey with AML Special contrasting Obsidian Black and Light Argento metallic Caithness leather. This exceptional car comes with a very extensive list of optional features to include 22” Ribbon diamond turned wheels, a Sports exhaust system, the aforementioned AML Special Caithness leather, Aston Martin premium audio, Indulgence package, Convenience package, Yellow painted brake calipers, Front Sport seats with Technical quilting and Technical perforation, Aston Martin Wings embroidered to the headrests and in contrast stitching, Dark Chrome interior jewellery pack, Upper and Lower exterior Black packs and much more. This delivery mileage example comes with the remainder of an Aston Martin manufacturer warranty until August 2024 and the remainder of an Aston Martin service pack until August 2024. The car is also VAT Qualifying.
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