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Aston Martin's new supercar has landed – and Ferrari is in its sights

By Paul Connolly

Meet Aston Martin’s new flagship luxury sports car: the DBS Superleggera.

The 211mph supercar packs a twin-turbo 5.2-litre V12 engine under the bonnet and will sprint from 0-62mph in a Ferrari-rivalling 3.4 seconds.

The DBS Superleggera replaces the Vanquish GT at the top of the British marque’s model range.

The DBS mark harks back to the original 1967 DBS and the Superleggera tag signals its reduced weight – roughly translated from Italian as ‘Superlight’.

Seventy kilogrammes has been stripped from the new Super GT range-topper, as compared to an equivalent earlier model, the V12 DB11.

Aston Martin are pinning much hopes on the new model, as a press release breathlessly announces: “With DBS, Aston Martin is reviving an iconic nameplate that first appeared on in 1967, while Touring’s famous mark – Superleggera – will once again adorn the bonnet of an Aston Martin.

“A collaboration that originally paved the way to the DB4, 5 and 6 Mark 1, DBS Superleggera pays homage to the historic super lightweight construction technology of the famous Italian coachbuilder.

The car shares much of the DB11’s underpinnings and many innovative aerodynamic concepts first seen on the DB11 - such as the curlicue and Aeroblade – are continued in the Superleggera.

Thanks to the addition of an F1-inspired double-diffuser, the DBS Superleggera generates 180kg of downforce at VMAX: the highest figure ever for a series production Aston Martin.

Under the bonnet, the 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 powerplant is set low and far back in the chassis to optimise the centre-of-gravity and weight distribution.

The engine develops 725PS at 6500rpm and 900Nm from 1800-5000rpm. D

A new exhaust strategy with active valves and quad tail pipes is said to ensure the car has a “commanding and powerful sound character”.

Power and torque is deployed to the rear wheels via a new rear-mounted ZF eight-speed automatic transmission with a mechanical limited-slip differential and torque vectoring.

The chassis is an evolution of Aston Martin’s latest generation lightweight bonded aluminium structure first seen on the DB11, with forged double wishbones at the front and a sophisticated multi-link system at the rear.

Latest generation adaptive damping is fitted as standard, with sensors detecting the prevailing driving conditions, as well as the demands the driver is making of the car.

Both the powertrain and chassis have a choice of three dynamic modes – GT, Sport and Sport Plus - which can be selected by the driver to intensify or relax DBS Superleggera’s responses according to the needs of the driver.

A high level of leather, wood and other craftsmanship and extensive scope for personalisation are of course all present.

Aston Martin boss  Andy Palmer said: “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.

“Thanks to the remarkable torque available from its twin-turbo V12, DBS Superleggera also packs a breath-taking punch, yet its dynamics have been carefully honed to engage drivers of all ability levels. Immaculately styled, obsessively engineered and outrageously potent, the new DBS Superleggera is every inch the Aston Martin flagship”.

You will, or course, need deep pockets, very deep pockets: the car costs from £225,000 , and there will likely be a long waiting list. Deliveries are scheduled to begin this autumn.

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