Roaring from second to third gear, the bi-turbo 5.2-liter V12 could be mistaken for a traditional, naturally aspirated engine. The whir of the turbochargers is all but absent in Sport Plus mode, save for the tranquility of a few particularly wooded areas. Instead, the visceral power provided by the combination of torque and horsepower create an impressive throttle response. Passing traffic on the hot asphalt of the Autobahn becomes not an if, but a when. As the sun peeks around the Alps, blind mountain switchbacks seem less daunting, almost playful, in this grand tourer. Beguiling in its precision at speed and addictive in its vocal and tactical responsiveness, the DBS Superleggera is quite
simply a marvel.
Its apparent likeness to the DB11, the 2016 grand tourer credited with jump-starting Aston’s renaissance, ends with the push of the engine button. The DBS Superleggera goes from zero to 62 mph in 3.4 seconds and tops out at 211 mph. After a few hours of technical driving through the German and Austrian countryside, the cabin warms up and the ventilated seats go from accessory to necessity.
Taking a design cue from Jaguar, which recently added its name just above its leaping cat vehicle badge, the Gaydon-based company opted to spell out Aston Martin in an all caps, 144-point font across the rear of the car. This isn’t simply another vehicle for James Bond to drive, it’s a brand proclamation and a promise of what’s to come.
From $304,995 (deliveries begin in December 2019), astonmartin.com