Aston Martin Vanquish replacement is coming: The DBS Superleggera

Aston Martin has been making some of the best cars out there. Most of the newer cars from Aston Martin coming on the market now are more performance oriented than they used to be. Other than the DB11 all of their cars are super performance- and track-oriented, but it doesn’t mean that the DB11 is a slouch either. Some of the other magnificent machines Aston Martin produces are new Vantage, the Rapide S, the Vanquish S, the Vanquish Zagato and the Aston Martin Valkyrie. The current generation Aston Martin Vanquish has been for ages (2012), but not for long because pretty soon it will be replaced and this time Aston Martin is resurrecting the DBS name. The model to be replaced is the Vanquish S, with the all-new “DBS Superleggera.”

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The first half of the name sounds familiar, right? That’s because DBS was one of the most famous badges and was recently used for the Vanquish’s predecessor. The DBS nameplate has been a key part in the heritage of Aston Martin for more than 50 years.  It was first used for the original William Towns-design model way back in 1957. Now coming to the second half of the name Superleggera, that refers to the coachbuilding technique that was used by the Italian firm Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera which helped Aston Martin for the DB4, DB5, and the DB6. Aston Martin says that the name provides a hint as to what is to come.

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Aston Martin has already released the name and the first teaser image of its new upcoming replacement of the Vanquish S. The automaker on Wednesday confirmed that the reveal will take place in the second quarter of this year, most likely in the month of June. The new models of the DB11 and the Vantage coupes will also be debuted at the unveiling. However, there is no information about the new models of the DB11 and the Vantage as of yet. Also, on the to-do list of Aston Martin is the DBX Crossover and the Lagonda limousine and SUV, which are under development and to be completed by 2021 and 2023 respectively.

Chief Creative Officer and studio head at Aston Martin Marek Reichman said:

“When you hear the name DBS Superleggera, you know what it is, It’s the definitive Aston Martin Super GT. It’s an icon, a statement and this one will be no different. We’ve pushed the boundaries of performance and design to give this car a distinct character and ensure it’s worthy of the heritage and weight that this name carries”.

Other than the teaser image provided by Aston Martin numerous spy shots have surfaced on the internet of the camouflaged car. Although the testing vehicles look completely like the DB11, on closer look you can notice that the hood is much shorter than before and the grill is larger with the addition of new front and rear taillights and a slanting upright tail. It also sits lower to the ground and there seem to be 21-inch wheels which are an upgrade to the 20-inch wheels of the DB11. At the rear the only noticeable difference is the quad-exhaust tips as opposed to the dual tips on the DB11.

The current generation Vanquish that has been in production since 2012 uses a naturally aspirated 5.9-litre V12. The new DBS Superleggera is all set to be built on the same aluminum platform that first surfaced in the DB11 in 2016. The car is going to be super light and as its name suggests Superleggera which mean super light in Italian. As for what’s hidden under the hood, we expect it will house a more powerful version of Aston Martin’s, 5.2-liter twin turbo V12. The current one produces 600hp which is fairly detuned and we expect the Superleggera will get a heavy tune for this engine producing more than 600hp. It is supposed that the car will be rear wheel only mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
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More details will be revealed in the second quarter of 2018 so stay tuned to PakWheels for more updates.

Saad Ikram

Petrol head by a young age. My passion and obsession with cars began with the release of the Fast and Furious franchise. I love reading and writing about anything related to cars. Currently doing bachelors in computer science from FAST.