The idea of being a manufacturer that solely produces supercars to cater to an ultra-niche market seems like a death wish on paper, even on general terms. However, manufacturing supercars in an era where the global market demands an SUV or electric vehicles, is practically knowing when you’re gonna die. That being said, most luxury car manufacturers have jumped onto the bandwagon and made their own iteration of a fast SUV. But what if you’re a company like Aston Martin?
See, the DBX isn’t something new. It’s been around for a couple of years now but Aston Martin needed an SUV that could show the world that they really mean business. Hence, they took their DBX and gave it 707hp, because let’s be honest, why the hell not? The DBX707 currently stands as the world’s most powerful SUV before Ferrari unveils their highly anticipated ‘Purosangue’.
But enough about that, the DBX707 is clearly meant to create buzz in the industry. With the Mercedes-AMG-derived 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, 707hp and 900Nm is a major upgrade from the ‘regular’ DBX that only produces 550hp and 200Nm. I don’t know about you, but an additional 157hp and 200Nm is definitely noticeable when you’re doing pulls in between traffic lights and this is all thanks to ball bearing turbos which are now fitted to the DBX707.
However, the DBX707 gets a bit more than just some fancy turbos, the SUV too now gets a wet-clutch 9-speed automatic which is linked to an electronic limited slip rear differential (e-diff) which has been strengthened to withstand 900Nm of torque. A shorter gear ratio also gives the DBX707 better acceleration in lower gears. And mind you, the car does 0-100km/h in 3.3 seconds and it’ll max out at 310km/h.
The DBX707 now comes standard with carbon ceramic brakes (CCB) with a 420mm rotor in the front while a 390mm rotor sits in the rear. Each corner includes a 6-piston caliper which has brought down an additional 40.5kg of unsprung weight. To give it more driver-focused credentials, the DBX707 has been included with GT Sport and Sport+ driving modes which now feature a ‘Race Start’ or launch control.
The torque can be distributed to the rear axle completely, providing the DBX707 a purer sportscar-like dynamic. That being said, even the air suspension fitted on the DBX707 features new damper valving with recalibrated dynamic spring setup to improve body control. Apart from that, the electronic power steering has been further optimised to offer better handling feedback.
The aesthetics too has gotten a subtle upgrade with new daytime-running lights (DRLs), larger front grilles, front splitter, a rear lip spoiler and rear diffusers. The exhaust system may be the giveaway that it is a DBX707 over the ‘regular’ DBX. However, you can let your imagination go wild if you personalise your DBX707 from the ‘Q by Aston Martin’ branch.
The Aston Martin DBX707 is now available for viewing and booking in Malaysia with a starting price of RM1,098,000 excluding duties, taxes, options and customisation. Like every other model officially sold by Aston Martin Kuala Lumpur, the DBX707 is offered with an optional extended warranty of up to 20 years of coverage. This complements the Aston Martin ownership experience with vehicle lifetime protection for total peace of mind, subject to terms and conditions.
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