Behold the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera, the British marque’s answer to the Ferrari 812 Superfast that will replace the aging Vanquish S to sit at the top of the Aston’s product line-up. Revealed in London on Tuesday after a sting of online leaks, the super-GT revives a badge last seen on the car James Bond barrel-rolled in Casino Royale in 2006. Additionally, it also gets the Superleggera suffix, which is Italian for ‘super light’ and and harks back to the original DBS from 1967. It’s a nod to the “innovative lightweight construction methods pioneered by Italian coachbuilder, Touring”. CEO Andy Palmer said the DBS Superleggera will return Aston Martin to the “pinnacle of the Super GT sector” and act as a “halo” model.
In terms of styling, the DBS Superleggera looks like a muscular, sportier version of the DB11. The design is characterized by the massive grille in the front along with new headlights and tail-lights. The super-GT is based on the underpinnings of the DB11 and shares the same Aston-made turbocharged 5.2-liter V12 engine. However, the engine has been re-tuned to to make 715 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 664 pound-feet of torque between 1,800 and 5,000 rpm. That’s 85 more horses than the DB11 AMR. To handle is bump in horsepower and torque, the rear-wheel-drive DBS Superleggera gains a new transmission and gearbox. Aston claims the DBS is capable of going from zero to 62 mph in 3.4 seconds and hit a top speed of 211 mph. While the Ferrari 812 Superfast has the exact same top speed, it is half a second faster in the 0-62mph time. Priced at $304,995, the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera will arrive in the third quarter of 2018.