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2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera first drive: The brute in a suit

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Given James Bond’s affinity for Aston Martins — he’s driven DB5s, the DB10 and the two previous DBSs, among others — we could be talking about 007’s next car here. If the 2019 DBS Superleggera does find its way into the next Bond film, whatever that might be, our hero and his Aston Martin will join the expanding but still very exclusive 700-hp club.

Aston Martin’s other forays into 700-hp territory have been limited-run specials: the 750-hp One-77 (77 cars, 2008), the track-only 850-hp Vulcan (2015, 24 copies), and the forthcoming 1,130-hp KERS-equipped Valkyrie (150 planned at $3.2 million). The 715-hp DBS Superleggera is the first full-run AM to hit the benchmark, and its build volume will be metered only by customer demand.

The 715 comes courtesy of Aston Martin’s turbocharged V12, along with 664 lb-ft of torque (25 percent more than the naturally aspirated V12 in Ferrari’s 812 Superfast). Engine output is probably the DBS Superleggera’s primary attraction, but AM’s next alpha droid is generally cranked up across the board compared to the 600-hp DB11 that provides its groundwork. A shot of andro here, an extra bulge or crease there and, voila! — what AM creative director Marek Reichman calls “a brute in a suit” (like 007 himself, we’d guess). More explicitly, AM’s promotional literature describes the DBS Superleggera as “the flagship of Aston Martin’s series production range, combining the inherent elegance for which Aston Martin is renowned with raw, pure aggression. Explicit but not exaggerated, it exudes a sense of immense potency.”

Got that? Good, because even though it’s paid advertising, it’s not far off the mark.

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera first drive: The brute in a suit

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