GAYDON, England – With the imminent unveiling of Aston Martin’s DBX, the brand’s first SUV, the brand describes the current action as ”the closing stages of the most comprehensive test regime of any Aston Martin”.
Extensive real-world driving and racetrack evaluation is under way worldwide – among them the brand’s engineering centres at Silverstone and the Nürburgring – and chief engineer Matt Becker says his teams have focused on the SUV’s required broad dynamic capability.
The DBX is reported to have cornering speeds at the Nürburgring comparable to the brand’s most focused sport car, the Vantage, and braking as good as the brand’s Super GT DBS Superleggera.
Aston media material reported: ”This brutal combination of performance for an SUV has already seen Aston Martin’s engineering team regularly achieve sub eight-minute Nordschleife laps during testing.
”The DBX will have a four-litre, twin-turbo, V8 tuned to deliver the exhilaration of a modern GT. While recognisable from its application in the brand’s existing Vantage and DB11 sport cars, the DBX’s V8 surpasses the performance credentials of those V8-powered models with 412kW/700Nm.”
High-speed testing, Aston reports, has demonstrated that the DBX can exceed 290km/h though definitive data is yet to be released.
As highlighted in the video, Aston says, the DBX’s vocal chorus has been honed by a dedicated acoustic team. ”With a focus on creating a broader, more solid, acoustic note, the exhaust has been tuned to reflect a deep bass with increasing mid-tones, creating true auditory exhilaration, particularly in sport drive modes.”
As testing continued Becker told The Corner in a media release: ”The testing programme continues apace. We’ve concentrated our work to ensure that the calibration and tune of the V8 delivers everyday usability and refinement expected by SUV owners.
”However, we’ve also focused heavily on matching that with the engaging driving dynamics commanded by our brand and inherent in every Aston Martin. Early indications of the car’s overall performance are incredibly promising.
”The next few months will be extremely important as we continue to hone the power train and a dynamic set-up that will help make this the most exciting SUV on the market”.
- The Aston Martin DBX is set to be unveiled in December 2019. Give Santa Claus a call…