The new DBX707 builds on Aston Martin’s acclaimed DBX SUV and packs in some powerful new features.
Luxury auto marques creating muscle-bound SUVs is no new thing anymore. We’ve had everything from the suitable-showing Urus from Lamborghini to the elegant Bentayga from Bentley. However, the latest arrival just might tip you from your perch atop the SUV fence.
Dubbed the most powerful SUV on the market, the new Aston Martin DBX707 is the kind of people mover we could see James Bond throwing around the curves of Tuscany. A unique combination of blistering performance, supreme dynamics, unmistakable style and absolute luxury, the new model is made for drivers who wanted an Aston Martin more than a few more seats.
Taking the V8 DBX’s widely acclaimed design, dynamics and driver-pleasing character as its starting point, the new DBX707 builds on those authentic sporting attributes, with every aspect of the car enhanced to boost performance, intensify driving pleasure and amplify its on-road presence.
Starting with the DBX’s 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8, the DBX707’s engine now features ball-bearing turbochargers and a bespoke engine calibration to liberate more power and torque. A 9-speed ‘wet clutch’ automatic transmission, capable of managing much-increased torque loadings, allows the output of the 4.0-litre V8 to be lifted to an immense 707PS and 900Nm.
The adoption of the new wet clutch transmission brings further benefits. Most noticeably much faster gear changes, an increased sense of control and responsiveness, and improved launch capability, which contributes towards the DBX707’s 0-62mph time of 3.3 seconds.
Integral to the DBX707’s suite of performance enhancements is the standard fitment of carbon ceramic brakes, set within standard 22-inch wheels, which offer improved pedal feel and braking response for greater precision and driver confidence.
The DBX707 also features a new version of the electronic limited slip rear differential, which aids the DBX707’s sprinting ability through the lower gears and enhances in-gear response while retaining the efficiency and cruising refinement offered by the 9-speed transmission.
To underline the DBX707’s driver-focussed credentials there have also been some changes and enhancements to the Dynamic Drive modes. “Race Start” is available in GT Sport and Sport+ modes to maximise off-the-line acceleration and truly showcase the enhanced performance. Revised active logic in the all-wheel drive system transfer case achieves greater harmony and precise control between the driveline and the ESP system, for a more natural, sports car-like driving experience.
In the spirit of placing the driver in control DBX707 introduces a revised lower console containing new drive mode selection switches, offering the driver immediate fingertip control of key dynamic modes and settings. These include dedicated buttons for suspension mode, ESP, manual gear selection mode – which now holds manual like a sports car, rather than defaulting back to auto – and an active exhaust switch, which opens the valves of the new quad tailpipe sports exhaust system without needing to be in Sport drive mode.
In keeping with its extensive engineering upgrades the exterior and interior of the DBX707 have received an equally thorough design makeover. The result is spectacular – overtly sporting but with just enough style and attention to detail.
A larger front grille and all-new design of DRL complete with new air intakes and brake cooling ducts, is combined with a new front splitter profile, dark satin chrome window surrounds, and new louvred bonnet blades that co-ordinate perfectly with the front grille and gloss black splitter, continuing along the flanks with gloss black side sills, which now feature a deeper and more heavily sculpted profile to give the DBX707 a ground-hugging stance. DBX707 also welcomes the addition of soft-close doors, further enhancing the SUV’s luxury credentials.
Rear-end treatment is just as dramatic. Enhancing both aesthetic form and aerodynamic function a new lip spoiler has been added to the roof wing to reduce lift and increase high-speed stability, with a significantly enlarged twin rear diffuser rising to meet the new large diameter quad exhaust system. Finished in satin black to compliment the gloss black treatment of the diffuser, this new exhaust has been tuned to deliver a unique sound signature.
The sporting theme continues inside with Sport seats fitted as standard (Comfort seats are available as a no-cost option). All seat options come with 16-way electric adjustment plus heating in front and rear as standard, while interior choices include standard-fit leather and Accelerate and optional Inspire – Comfort and Inspire Sport, which features full Semi-Aniline leather complete with embroidered Aston Martin wings on the headrest, a contrast stripe down the centre of the seat and perforation pattern in the seat back and base cushion.
As on the exterior, the DBX707’s interior features a dark chrome finish to switchgear as standard. Bright chrome and carbon fibre can be specified as an option. Piano Black veneer is standard with carbon fibre or bronze metal mesh veneer finishes available as an option.
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