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2021 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera review

Words by Nathan Irvine

British beef

The moment you press the button to fire up the engine, you know you’re in for a good time with the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera. There is a ferocious roar from the enormous V12 powerblock that resonates through the carbon fibre chassis, out of the quad exhausts… and the neighbourhood.

Everybody knows when you’re about to nip out for the grocery shopping because the DBS Superleggera is that noisy neighbour. We’ll be honest, this happened a lot. The car was out chewing up asphalt at great speeds because, well, it’s an outstanding car to drive.

This is Aston Martin with the gloves off. The DBS has been around for a couple of years now, but this 2021 update brings it right up to date with a fresher feel. The DBS Superleggera is a pure, street-legal monster that wants to power along as fast and loud as possible. It’s a GT that thrives in delivering a driving experience that aims to satisfy every second behind the wheel.

© Dean Smith for Aston Martin Middle East Moody Martin

Specifications

Engine

5.2-litre bi-turbo, V12

Power

715 bhp

Torque

900Nm/663lb ft @ 1800-5000

Transmission

8-speed automatic

0-100 kmh

3.4 seconds

Top Speed

340 kmh

Price

From AED 1,281,153

Simply red

Gently press the gas pedal and that V12 engine rumbles into action. Stick your foot down and it pins you back into the soft leather racing seats in an instant with a frankly scary acceleration. We never felt out of control, no matter the speed, mind, which is testament to the incredibly slick and sexy design that is also built for aerodynamic prowess. It really is an impressive machine.

As outlandish as the speed of the DBS Superleggera was, the interior was equally jaw dropping. The handstitched “spicy red” interior of our test vehicle was a bit of a shock from the demurer Aston Martin tones. But the more we rode around in it, the more we grew to like the garishness of it. We also loved the way the Bang & Olufsen speakers rise up like mini periscopes when the music is on, and how the door speakers filled the cabin with clear sounds even while the engine is roaring.

In Pictures. 2021 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

Photos. © Dean Smith for Aston Martin Middle East

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© Dean Smith for Aston Martin Middle East The quad exhaust pipes that pbring the noise

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© Dean Smith for Aston Martin Middle East The quad exhaust pipes that pbring the noise

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© Dean Smith for Aston Martin Middle East It has bumps and curves in all the right places

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© Dean Smith for Aston Martin Middle East That enormous grille will suck up the asphalt in no time

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© Dean Smith for Aston Martin Middle East That enormous grille will suck up the asphalt in no time

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© Dean Smith for Aston Martin Middle East It's certainly a head turner of a car

© Dean Smith for Aston Martin Middle East That Spicy Red leather interior

Dream machine

The only drawback to the DBS Superleggera is that the in-car entertainment is fairly dated. But though you might find better ICE in a majority of other cars on the market, none of them will be half as fun to drive as this.

The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is car driver’s dream. It looks gorgeous, sounds superb and handles like a race car. It might be the last hurrah for Aston Martin’s V12 engine as it moves towards a hybrid/electric future, but it’s a fitting finale. And definitely worth waking the neighbours up for.

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