With Bentley, Rolls-Royce, and Lamborghini offering SUVs, it was only a matter of time until the British supercar brand Aston Martin joined the fray. Named the DBX, this impressive high-performance SUV marks the first crossover in the brand’s 106 year history. “I can’t emphasize enough how incredibly exciting and significant DBX is for Aston Martin” remarked Aston Martin President and CEO Dr. Andy Palmer. “Through its development alone, this beautiful SUV has already taken the company into new territories and in inspiring directions. DBX also marks a key moment in the delivery of the third and final phase of our Second Century Plan, not only representing the promised expansion of our portfolio but also signaling the start of production at Aston Martin’s second manufacturing plant” explained Dr. Palmer.
The new DBX is powered by a version of the same 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 used in the DB11 and Vantage. However, in the DBX, the V8’s 542 horsepower and 516 lb.-ft. of torque is offered up to all four wheels via the DBX’s sophisticated all-wheel drive system, which uses an active center differential and an electronic rear limited slip differential to transfer torque both fore and aft as well as across the rear axle. This paired with a new adaptive air spring suspension system and the DBX should be an extremely fun to drive SUV with plenty of traction to take advantage of its impressive powertrain. Aston quotes a mid-four second sprint from zero to 60 mph.
From the outside, the DBX looks every bit an Aston Martin, from its large signature Aston grille to its beautiful Vantage-inspired rear tailgate. Inside, the DBX is a showcase for Aston’s handcrafted interior with sumptuous Bridge of Weir leather virtually anywhere you put your hand, along with fine materials like metal, wood, and glass. This authenticity of materials and the ability for bespoke customization through Aston Martin’s Q program should mean that no two DBXs are alike. The DBX starts at $189,900 and can be ordered now at your local Aston Martin dealer with deliveries set for the second quarter of 2020.