Elevating The Pinnacle Of SUV Performance, Aston Martin Presents The DBX707

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Afiq Saha | 25-03-2022 11:15 AM

Epitomizing a unique combination of blistering performance, supreme dynamics, unmistakable style and absolute luxury, Aston Martin presents the DBX707.

Segment defining, it is engineered with an abundance of character and compelling capability that makes it an SUV like no other.

Aston Martin’s chief executive officer, Tobias Moers, remarked, “Right from its first introduction the DBX has represented Aston Martin’s dynamic and design values in a way that proves not all SUVs have to obey the same compromises. With the DBX707 we have pushed the boundaries in every area to create a car which sets new standards of performance and desirability. The fastest, most powerful, best handling and most engaging car of its kind, it propels Aston Martin to the pinnacle of SUV performance”.

Taking the V8 DBX’s widely acclaimed design, dynamics and driver-pleasing character as its starting point, the DBX707 builds brilliantly on those authentic sporting attributes.

Every area of the car has been enhanced to boost performance, intensify driving pleasure and amplify its on-road presence.

Starting with its heart, led by Aston Martin’s head of powertrain engineering, Ralph Illenberger, the team set about releasing the full potential of the DBX’s V8. 

As such, the new DBX707’s 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine now features ball bearing turbochargers and a bespoke engine calibration for more power and torque. 

Besides that, also new to Aston Martin’s flagship high-performance SUV is a 9-speed ‘wet clutch’ automatic transmission. 

This transmission allows output of the V8 to be lifted to an immense 707 PS (697 hp) and 900 Nm, a significant increase of 157 PS (155 hp) and 200 Nm over the previous DBX’s V8.

Notably, it is capable of managing much increased torque loadings compared with a regular torque converter automatic.

Also, the adoption of the new wet clutch transmission brings further benefits. Most noticeably much faster gear changes compared to the torque converter transmission. 

The feel of the shift is more immediate and direct, which gives the driver an increased sense of control and responsiveness, and a dramatic character change from the old DBX V8. 

Launch capability is also improved, which contributes towards the DBX707’s 0 to 62 mph (0 to 100 km/h) time of 3.3 seconds.

“With this exceptional new model, we have truly unlocked the performance potential within the DBX to create a world beating high-performance SUV. The huge gains we have found in both power and torque demonstrates not only the inherent prowess of the 4.0-litre biturbo V8, but Aston Martin’s appetite and ability for finding uncompromising engineering solutions. The combination of this magnificent engine with a new 9-speed ‘wet-clutch’ transmission sits at the heart of DBX707’s formidable capabilities and unforgettable character,” commented Aston Martin’s head of powertrain, Ralph Illenberger. 

That’s not all, important to the DBX707’s suite of performance enhancements is the standard fitment of Carbon Ceramic Brakes (CCB). 

Measuring 420 mm front and 390 mm rear, these CCB discs are gripped by 6-piston callipers and result in a 40.5 kg reduction in unsprung weight. 

Revisions to the braking system’s hydraulic sizing and booster tune have also been made to improve pedal feel and braking response for greater precision and driver confidence. 

Plus, enhanced brake cooling has been attained by taking air from both the main cooling intake and underfloor, with high-performance brake pads sending steady friction to a wide temperature range.

Then, wheels are 22-inch as standard in a choice of Sport and Ribbon designs, with an optional 23-inch alloy offered in a choice of textured black or satin black with diamond turned highlights. 

Adoption of this 23-inch wheel also brings dynamic benefits, with the larger diameter tyre offering improved steering response, better primary body control and improved lap times.

On top of that, the DBX707 also features a new version of the electronic limited slip rear differential (e-diff). 

Strengthened to handle the full 900 Nm of torque, it features a revised, which is a shorter final drive ratio of 3.27 compared to 3.07 for the DBX V8. 

Meaning, this aids the DBX707’s sprinting ability through the lower gears and enhances in-gear response, while retaining the efficiency and cruising refinement offered by the 9-speed transmission.

Meanwhile, its torque distribution front-to-rear remains fully automatic, with the ability to send up to 100 percent of the torque to the rear axle on demand. 

Careful calibration of the e-diff ensures the DBX707 has the cornering agility, sporting feel and dynamic character of a true sports car. 

Another key factor to the DBX707’s exceptional handling is its air suspension system, which retained the basic architecture and triple volume air chambers of the DBX V8. 

Already regarded as the best-handling SUV in the market, the DBX707 features a dedicated chassis tune optimised to its uncompromising demands and objectives.

To elaborate, the DBX707 features new damper valving and recalibration of dynamic spring volume switching to improve body control and steering response. 

Its electronic power steering has also been adjusted to better steering feel, with greater effort build-up off centre, giving the driver a clearer picture of increasing cornering loads and available grip.

Combined with tighter management of heave, pitch and body roll, the DBX707 gives the driver easier ability to adjust the yaw of the car with natural pedal or steering inputs. 

Detailed changes have also been made to the Electronic Active Roll Control (eARC) system, with revised parameters that heighten the sense of agility and improve the dynamic balance of the car.

Furthermore, to underline the DBX707’s driver-focussed credentials there have also been some changes and enhancements to the Dynamic Drive modes. 

For example, ‘Race Start’ is available in GT Sport and Sport+ modes to maximise off-the-line acceleration and truly showcase the enhanced performance. 

Additionally, the revised active logic in the all-wheel drive system transfer case helps with precision control between the driveline and the ESP system, for a sports car-like driving experience.

Moreover, in the spirit of placing the driver in control, the DBX707 introduces a revised lower console containing new drive mode selection switches. 

Now, rather than having to enter a sub-menu within the infotainment system, the driver has immediate fingertip control of key dynamic modes and settings. 

These include dedicated buttons for suspension mode, ESP and manual gear selection mode, which now holds manual like a sports car, rather than defaulting back to auto.

It also comes with an active exhaust switch, which opens the valves of its new quad tailpipe sports exhaust system without needing to be in Sport drive mode.

Aston Martin’s head of vehicle engineering and procurement, Drummond Jacoy, said “Creating the ultimate SUV presented formidable challenges for our engineering team. Too often this class of car is characterized by an obsession with brute force. With DBX707 our objective was to match immense performance with impeccable control and precision, combined with an authentic sporting character essential in every Aston Martin model. To this end we applied an uncompromising approach to every area of the vehicle. Engine, transmission, suspension, brakes, electronic systems and aerodynamics have all been subject to extensive enhancement and meticulous tuning. The result is a car which sets new standards and further distinguishes the DBX from its class rivals.”   

Aesthetic-wise, in keeping with its extensive engineering upgrades, the exterior and interior of the DBX707 have received an equally thorough design makeover. 

Outstandingly, the result is spectacular and overtly sporting, but with the style and attention to detail for which Aston Martin is rightly celebrated.

New front-end treatment sees the DBX707 receive a larger front grille and an all-new design of DRL complete with new air intakes and brake cooling ducts, plus a new front splitter profile. 

The grille comes in satin chrome and has been enlarged to significantly increase cooling airflow to both the ultra-high performance V8 and new 9-speed transmission.  

Featuring double vanes, the six horizontal bars now split to create more visual interest and make this range-topping model immediately identifiable.

Next, the dark satin chrome window surrounds and new louvred bonnet blades co-ordinate perfectly with the front grille and gloss black splitter. 

Harmoniously, the theme continues along the flanks with gloss black side sills, which now feature a deeper and more heavily sculpted profile to give the DBX707 a ground-hugging stance.  

Not to forget, the DBX707 now also has the addition of soft-close doors, further enhancing the SUV’s luxury credentials. 

Flipping to the back, its treatment enhances both aesthetic form and aerodynamic function with a new lip spoiler added to the roof wing to reduce lift and increase high speed stability.

Tilting down, its sporty rear top can be seen paired with a significantly enlarged twin rear diffuser rising to meet the new large diameter quad exhaust system.

Finished in satin black to compliment the gloss black treatment of the diffuser this new exhaust has been tuned to deliver a unique sound signature. 

Completing the rear outlook, it sees a new rear bumper complete with integrated quarter panel vents that accentuate the DBX707’s muscular physique. 

“The key to DBX707’s design DNA is capturing the confidence that comes from its dynamic supremacy. When you are the alpha SUV, you don’t have to try too hard, therefore, we concentrated on those areas of the design that would make the DBX707 instantly recognisable as the highest performing model. Most notably the larger grille aperture, rear spoiler and optional 23-inch wheels, but elsewhere such as the side sills and rear bumper, we expressed the DBX707’s immense performance in ways that create a more aggressive stance and greater muscularity. The result is a design that exudes potency while retaining our commitment to pure lines and perfect proportions. DBX707 is a true performance beast, yet retains the beauty and elegance you expect from Aston Martin’s DNA,” expressed Aston Martin’s chief creative officer, Marek Reichman.

Just like the outside, the sporting theme continues in the interior with Sport seats fitted as standard, while Comfort seats are also available as a no-cost option. 

Moreover, all seat options come with 16-way electric adjustment, plus heating in front and rear as standard. 

There are three choices of interior environments, standard-fit Accelerate, which features a mix of leather and Alcantara, as well as the optional Inspire, Comfort and Inspire Sport.

Luxuriously, the latter gets full Semi-Aniline leather with embroidered Aston Martin wings on the headrest, a contrast stripe down the seat centre and perforations in the seat back and base cushion.

Bringing the exterior theme inside, it features a dark chrome finish to the switchgear as standard, while bright chrome and carbon fibre can be specified as an option. 

Elegantly, it comes with Piano Black veneer as standard with carbon fibre or bronze metal mesh veneer finishes available as an option. 

If that’s not enough, for clients looking to further enhance the exclusive nature of the DBX707, Q by Aston Martin, the brand's bespoke service delivers remarkable and unique personalisation.  

Interestingly, it offers an extensive palette of options, from unique graphics through to tinted carbons and bespoke materials on both the interior and exterior. 

Ultimately, each ‘Q by Aston Martin - Commission’ car can push the boundaries of desire and is completely tailored to the client.

Wrapping it up, production of the DBX707 commences in Q1 of 2022, with first deliveries slated to begin during early Q2 of 2022.

With that said, as the flagship model in the DBX range, the DBX707 is poised to continue the multi-award-winning achievements of Aston Martin’s first SUV.

At which, it has achieved more than 3,000 sales in its first year of production and collected a host of accolades. 

Namely, ‘Best Luxury SUV’ at the GQ Car Awards, Top Gear’s ‘Super SUV of the Year’ award and back-to-back wins in PR Arabia National Auto Award ‘Best Super Luxury SUV’ category.

All in all, acclaimed as the fastest, most powerful and best handling, the DBX707 does so not by blindly chasing benchmarks but achieved on its own terms and in its own peerless way.

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