Aston Martin Joins the SUV Club
They say that a concept car should challenge the status quo.
When Aston Martin revealed their intention of building an SUV, it marked a first for the British car maker and it caused a wave of excitement.
The DBX is part of their Second Century Plan which involves introducing seven cars in seven years along with special editions.
You've already seen the Superleggera, Rapide E and more but what can we expect from the DBX? It's going to explore what's possible because Aston Martin has some serious plans for this car.
Despite the camouflage and obscuring designs, the car looks exciting.
You can see the giant grill at the front which looks like a vacuum ready to absorb as much oxygen as possible to power its twin-turbo engine.
As your eyes go over the car, you can appreciate the fine lines which accentuate its elegance.
The rear has an aggressive styling too which compliments its goal of being all-terrain and for every type of driver.
With the new production facility in St Athan, Aston Martin wants to achieve an output of 7,000 cars. 5,000 of these cars are expected to be the DBX. This will edge them closer to their goal of 14,000 with the remaining 7,000 coming from their Gaydon production facility.
Performance figures are ranging for this car as Aston Martin wants to introduce alternatives throughout its life cycle. Examples include hybrid and electric technology but for now, it's expected to contain a Mercedes-sourced twin-turbo V8.
Also found in the Aston Martin Vantage, you can expect:
- 0-60mph - around 4.5 seconds.
- Top Speed - around 170mph.
These stats place the Aston Martin in the same bracket as the Lamborghini Urus and Bentley Bentayga.
The likes of Lamborghini and Bentley are some of the benchmarks that Aston Martin face but it's important to remember the different philosophies of those cars.
The DBX is going through a rigorous testing programme in Wales, Germany and the Middle East to ensure it carries all the hallmarks of an Aston Martin car.
Testing various aspects of the all-wheel-drive car, the goal is to ensure it meets the standards of their drivers. For example, simulating different conditions such as icy, alpine and scorching environments to develop state-of-the-art multi-terrain capabilities.
The goal is to produce a driving dynamic which Aston Martin prides themselves on!
In addition to this, the car will also tackle a Welsh Rally stage which reaffirms their connection to Wales as the car will be hand-built at their brand new facility in St Athan, in the Vale of Glamorgan, at a cost of over £200m.
As you read earlier, the DBX will act as an intriguing test bed for Aston Martin as they want to apply different technologies and systems. Hybrid, electrification and a monster V12 are some of the plans in the pipeline for this car.
The DBX is a fantastic time for Aston Martin and could be considered one of the most important cars they have ever made.
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