Aston Martin, looking to expand the appeal of its bestselling vehicle in years, the DBX SUV, is adding a super-high-performance version that accelerates from 0 to 60 mph (97 kph) in just 3.1 seconds.
That level of performance in what Aston calls the "world's most powerful SUV" comes at a price. When the DBX707 arrives in the second quarter, it is expected to cost between 189,000 and 200,000 pounds in its home market of Britain. In the U.S., it will cost $232,000, not including shipping — about $52,000 more than the current model.
The DBX707 takes its name from the output of the vehicle's 4.0-liter Mercedes-Benz-derived twin-turbo V-8. Using the European measuring system, the 32-valve, quad-cam V-8 is rated at 707 hp. (The engine is SAE rated at 697 hp).
The SUV's engine is essentially a retuned version of the unit that powers the current DBX, which is rated at 542 hp and delivers a 0-to-60 mph (97 kph) time of 4.3 seconds. The engine is mated to a nine-speed wet-clutch transmission, a new gearbox that Aston engineers say delivers faster, more direct shifts than the conventional hydraulic automatic transmission used in the DBX.