The Aston Martin DBX707 is the performance version of the SUV that could have saved Aston Martin, period. It starts at $236,000, gets 16.5 mpg according to the European Union rating, and has a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that makes 697 horsepower. Cars like this, it’s fair to say, are becoming an extremely rare breed in a world of hybrids and electrics.
(Full disclosure: Aston Martin flew me to Sardinia, Italy for a few days, gave me lots of food and booze, and also put me up in a fancy hotel, all so I could run the DBX707. It wasn’t the worst trip of my life.)
The DBX707 is, indeed, something deeply old school: a car built almost exclusively to break the lap record at the Nürburgringthe famous 12.9-german one kilometer circuit where current record in the category of SUVs, all-terrain vehicles, vans and pickups, is held by the Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT, established last June with a time of 7:38.925, ahead of the Audi RS Q8 and the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ .
What is that?
It’s an Aston Martin DBX but with the V8 tuned for even more, an almost uncomfortable amount, with a zero-to-60mph time of 3.1 seconds, according to Aston. Power goes to all four wheels through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The car’s V8 is actually an AMG engine, but Aston insists it’s done a lot of in-house work on itself, with the aim of making the “world’s most powerful luxury SUV”. It will rival the likes of the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid, which makes a measly 670 horsepower; the Bentley Bentayga Speed, which produces a measly 626 horsepower; the Lamborghini Urus, which produces a paltry 641 horsepower; and Ferrari Purosangueevery time this car sees the light of day.
Specifications that matter
The car’s output is 697 horsepower, or 707 metric horsepower, hence the 707 in the name, which thankfully isn’t some sort of James Bond reference. The wheels are 22 inches as standard. Each seat is heated as standard. The launch control system in GT Sport and GT Sport+ is called Race Start, and it’s as easy to use as coming to a complete stop, stepping on the brake and depressing the accelerator pedal. The car revs itself at the ideal rpm level to prevent too much wheel spin. You then release the brake and hold on.
Likewise, torque distribution – which tire the car sends power to and when – is an automatic process as the car seeks to maintain maximum grip, even when it demands it, by sending all that power to the wheels. back. The car is plug and play, more or less, a welcome approach that doesn’t require you to think like the jet pilot. Aston also says the wet-clutch transmission is noticeably faster at gear changes compared to the torque converter found in the regular DBX. On the road, shifting barely registers.
There are various buttons on the console to control manual shift mode, active exhaust, suspension mode and drive mode. The doors close satisfyingly and softly, which Aston says was done to denote luxury. Aston says it will sell a DBX707 to almost anyone who wants to buy one, unlike some other automakers. He will also customize their DBX707 for them, in the form of various interior and exterior tweaks. The DBX707 starts at $236,000 in the US, but the one Aston gave me for a ride in Italy was $334,080.
The power, it must be said, is nothing short of enormous, with the launch control pushing you and your passenger back into your seat. Zero to 60 is really only half the story, though, because above 60 mph is where all that power on a vehicle that weighs nearly 5,000 pounds is where the car shines. really. Above 60mph the car only seems to get louder, in that on our drive, which was on public roads in Sardinia, I couldn’t test everything. I’m not even sure I want to, and I’m also not sure that many DBX707 owners will take their DBX707 to the track, anyway. The interest of the power of the DBX707 is not really to be exploited; it is largely simply to exist.
Other things: I was pleasantly surprised to find that the interior is quite simple for a car of this level of luxury. It’s a car, for example, that likes its more old-school interior. Take, for example, the screen size, which is restrained, and the simple buttons. Not too many of them, and nothing too non-obvious. You could even call it a bit dated, which would only be an insult if you think dated is bad.
Oh, also, the car looks good, a mid-size SUV that doesn’t overwhelm you with its size in person. It is, in a word, accessible, but with all the little details to differentiate it from the classic DBX. Aston says it has a different rear bumper, new air intakes and brake cooling ducts, a larger grille and a new front splitter profile. There’s a new rear spoiler, along with other changes to achieve what Aston calls a “muscular physique”, which is correct. In person, it’s a slightly angry fist.
what is weak
It’s hard to say that much is low in a $334,080 car, beyond the price itself, which makes it untouchable for all but one percent. One thing these buyers won’t care about, but I’m happy to talk about, is fuel economy: a paltry 16.5 mpg according to European tests, which is pretty pathetic for a car these days, even a luxury car meant to go fast. It’s so low it’s almost snide, although it does indicate where Aston’s priorities lie, which is to put all their chips in for the performance of their petrol SUV, maybe for the first and the last time. Fair enough.
If you want to criticize something else about this car, it might be the very existence of luxury SUVs that go from zero to 60 in 3.1 seconds. If it goes further and captures the ‘Ring record, the DBX707 will be a feat for Aston, but an odd one, in a category that includes vans and pick-ups. Cheer?
The DBX707 is a car that knows exactly what it is and what it’s trying to do, which is a measure of comfort in an in-between era of cars that further down the market can be caught between priorities . The DBX707, on the other hand, is an unapologetically fast and expensive machine that promises easy to ride and ride excitement. Aston thinks about half of new DBXs will be DBX707s, because if you’re spending $200,000 on a car, why not spend $300,000, I guess. Aston couldn’t agree more.