Engineers at Aston Martin are now in the final stages of testing DBX – the British marque’s first SUV. With real-world driving and high-performance track evaluation taking place at locations worldwide – including the brand’s two engineering centers at Silverstone, UK and the Nürburgring, Germany – the team have focused on ensuring the broad dynamic capability required of DBX.
While conducting durability testing at the Nürburgring circuit, DBX managed cornering speeds on a par with the brand’s most focused sportscar Vantage, while achieving braking figures greater than the Super GT, DBS Superleggera. This brutal combination of performance for an SUV has already seen Aston Martin’s engineering team achieve sub-eight-minute Nordschleife lap times during the test regime.
Chief engineer Matt Becker, commented, “We have concentrated our work to ensure that the calibration and tuning of this 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 delivers both the everyday usability and refinement expected by SUV owners. However, we have also focused heavily on matching that with the engaging driving dynamics that are commanded by our brand and inherent in every Aston Martin. Early indications of the car’s overall performance have been incredibly promising.
“The next few months will be extremely important to us, as we continue to hone the powertrain credentials and dynamic setup that will help make this the most exciting SUV on the market.”
DBX is set to be unveiled in December.