Aston Martin doesn’t just want to raise the bar for its popular DBX, it wants to beat other luxury SUVs to the hilt.
After months of teasing, the British brand has just unveiled a new high-performance version of its popular SUV called DBX707. The new variant is not only an improvement over the previous one, it is the most powerful luxury SUV ever.
Introduced in late 2020 as part of the 2021 model year, the DBX has been a resounding success for the automaker. The brand has already sold 3,000 copies of the SUV, which starts at $176,900, easily outselling all other models in its combined lineup, and garnered its fair share of accolades from the automotive press. With the introduction of a new, more powerful DBX, the excitement surrounding the vehicle is unlikely to die down anytime soon.
The biggest difference between the DBX707 and its predecessor is hidden under its hood. There you’ll find that the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 has been given a complete upgrade. It now features ball-bearing turbochargers and received a bespoke tune that unleashed more horsepower and torque, according to a press release. The mill is also now mated to a 9-speed wet-clutch automatic transmission that allows for quicker gear-shifting, which the automaker says will feel more immediate and direct.
You will also feel the differences on the road. Aston Martin claims the variant’s powertrain can deliver 697 hp and 663 lb-ft of torque. That’s enough to push the SUV from zero to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 193 mph. For those counting, that’s an increase of 155 hp and 147 lb-ft of torque over the stock DBX, which we wouldn’t exactly call a sag in the performance department. But the DBX707 is not only more powerful than its predecessor; it’s also more powerful than any luxury class SUV, including the Lamborghini Urus (641 hp), Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT (631 hp) and Bentley Bentayga Speed (626 hp). The automaker promised it would deliver the most powerful luxury SUV and it appears to have delivered, by a wide margin.
Along with the engine upgrades, Aston Martin has also reworked the SUV’s suspension. The DBX707 received dedicated chassis tuning to account for the extra horsepower and its electronic steering system was tweaked, along with a new damping damper and recalibration to improve control and response. Each of the SUV’s 22-inch wheels (23-inch wheels are available as an option) are also equipped with new carbon-ceramic brakes that provide better braking performance.
The changes aren’t limited to what you can see, either. Although the DBX707 is not radically different from its predecessor, the front end has been fitted with an enlarged satin chrome grille, as well as new air intakes, brake cooling ducts and a splitter. There’s also a new louvered bonnet, sculpted flanks, a more dramatic roof wing and enlarged twin rear diffusers. Inside, you’ll find that the DBX’s sleek interior has mostly been left alone, although dark chrome trim and 16-way adjustable sports seats are now standard.
“From its first introduction, the DBX has represented Aston Martin’s dynamic and design values in a way that proves that not all SUVs have to conform to the same compromises,” said Aston Martin CEO Tobias Moers, in a press release. “With the DBX707, we have pushed the boundaries in every area to create a car that sets new standards for performance and desirability. The fastest, most powerful, best handling and most engaging car of its kind, it propels Aston Martin to the pinnacle of SUV performance.
Aston Martin intends to put the DBX707 into production later in the quarter. The muscle SUV will start at $232,000, not including fees, and the brand is taking reservations now. If all goes as planned, deliveries should begin this spring.