The new Aston Martin DBX707 is a one-of-a-kind SUV, that aims to propel the British brand to the top of this highly competitive vehicle category, thanks to a blend of high performance, supreme dynamics, unique style, and unrivaled luxury. The DBX707 wants to be the ideal SUV in every way, with a wealth of character and appealing capabilities.
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The SUV that wants to win every prize available
The DBX707 was designed to be the fastest, most powerful, and have the best possible handling. Not by pursuing standards mindlessly, but by achieving success on its own terms and in its own unique manner.
For Aston Martin, this means ensuring that there is subtlety behind the statistics, meaning top power and speed combined with extraordinary accuracy, dynamic flair, and true engagement for an addictive and distinctively spectacular driving experience. A saber in a sledgehammer section.
The V8 DBX’s globally praised design, dynamism, and driver-pleasing character serve as the foundation for the DBX707, which expands superbly on those true sports traits. Every aspect of the vehicle has been improved to improve performance, increase driving enjoyment, and increase its on-road presence.
Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer, Tobias Moers, said of the DBX707: “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 conform to 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”.
707 horsepower, 900 Nm torque with a 9-speed automatic
Starting with the powerplant, Aston Martin’s engineers set out to maximize the DBX’s 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8’s capability. The DBX707’s engine now has ball-bearing turbochargers and a unique engine calibration to unleash more power and torque, according to Ralph Illenberger, Aston Martin’s Head of Powertrain Engineering.
A 9-speed ‘wet clutch’ automatic gearbox is also unique to Aston Martin’s flagship high-performance SUV. This high-performance gearbox, which can handle significantly higher torque loads than a standard torque converter automatic, boosts the 4.0-liter V8’s power to an incredible 707PS and 900Nm, up 157PS and 200Nm over the DBX (V8).
The use of the new wet clutch transmission has additional advantages. In comparison to a torque converter gearbox, the gear changes are substantially quicker. The transition is more rapid and direct, giving the driver a greater sensation of control and responsiveness, as well as a significant personality shift from the DBX (V8).
The DBX707’s launch capability has also been increased, resulting in a 0-62mph 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.” said Ralph Illenberger, Aston Martin’s Head of Powertrain.
Braking power and control: the devil is in the details
The standard fitting of Carbon Ceramic Brakes is integral to the DBX707’s array of performance upgrades. These CCB discs, which measure 420mm in front and 390mm in back and are held by 6-piston calipers, result in a 40.5kg decrease in unsprung weight.
The hydraulic size and booster tuning of the braking system have been revised, resulting in improved pedal feel and brake reaction for more accuracy and driver confidence.
With high-performance brake pads giving great friction constancy throughout a broad temperature range, improved brake cooling has been accomplished by drawing air from both the main cooling intake and the underfloor.
Standard wheels and tires are 22in (in Sport or Ribbon styles), with a 23in alloy wheel available in textured black or satin black with diamond-shaped accents as an option. The bigger diameter tire offers superior steering responsiveness, better main body control, and faster lap times, which are all advantages of using a 23in wheel.
A new version of the electronic limited slip rear differential is also available on the DBX707 (e-diff). It has a tweaked (shorter) final drive ratio of 3.27 compared to 3.07 for the DBX V8 to manage the entire 900Nm of torque. This helps the DBX707 race through the lower ratios and improves in-gear performance while keeping the 9-speed transmission’s economy and cruising finesse.
Sporty handling and SUV comfort
Front-to-rear torque distribution is still completely automated, with the potential to transmit up to 100% of torque to the rear axle on demand. The DBX707 has the turning agility, athletic feel, and dynamic character of a real sports car thanks to careful tuning of the e-diff.
One that combines chassis and powertrain technologies to provide the best possible handling balance and retain the best possible mix of traction and agility at all times.
The air suspension technology is crucial to the DBX707’s outstanding handling. DBX707 boasts a bespoke chassis tune optimized to its exacting needs and ambitions, retaining the core design and triple volume air chambers of the DBX V8 – already considered the best-handling SUV on the market.
To enhance body control and steering responsiveness, the DBX707’s suspension has improved damper valving and recalibration of dynamic spring volume switching. The electronic power steering system has also been tweaked to increase steering feel, with more effort build-up off center to aid the driver in visualizing rising cornering loads and available grip.
When combined with improved heave (vertical movement over bumps and crests or in compressions), pitch (when the vehicle dives under braking or squats under acceleration), and body roll control, the DBX707 allows the driver to modify the car’s yaw with natural pedal or steering inputs.
The eARC (Electronic Active Roll Control) system has been tweaked in more detail, with new settings that increase the car’s agility and enhance its dynamic balance.
Changes and upgrades to the Dynamic Drive modes have been made to emphasize the DBX707’s driver-focused qualities. In GT Sport and Sport+ modes, “Race Start” is offered to maximize off-the-line acceleration and properly showcase the improved performance.
For a more natural, sports car-like driving experience, revised active logic in the all-wheel-drive system transfer case produces better harmony and precise control between the driveline and the ESP system.
Aston Martin’s Head of Vehicle Engineering and Procurement, Drummond Jacoy, adds: “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.”
The DBX707 offers a revamped lower console with new drive mode selection controls in the philosophy of putting the driver in charge. Rather than needing to go through a sub-menu inside the infotainment system, the driver now gets instant access to crucial dynamic modes and settings.
Dedicated buttons for suspension mode, ESP, manual gear selection mode (which now holds manual instead of defaulting to auto), and active exhaust switch (which activates the valves of the new quad tailpipe sports exhaust system without having to be in Sport drive mode) are among them.
Style updates in true Aston Martin spirit
The DBX gets a new front-end treatment that includes a wider front grille and an all-new DRL design with new air intakes and brake cooling ducts, as well as a new front splitter profile. The satin chrome grille features double vanes, with the six horizontal bars now split to create more visual interest and make this range-topping model instantly identifiable.
The grille has been enlarged to significantly increase cooling airflow to both the ultra-high performance V8 and the new 9-speed transmission.
The dark satin chrome window surrounds and new louvered bonnet blades match the front grille and gloss black splitter perfectly, and the gloss black side sills, which now have a deeper and more heavily sculpted profile to give the DBX707 a ground-hugging stance, continue along the flanks with gloss black side sills.
Soft-close doors have also been added to the DBX707, further improving the SUV’s luxury credentials.
The makeover of the back end is equally radical. A new lip spoiler has been added to the roof wing to minimize lift and boost high-speed stability, while a much bigger twin rear diffuser rises to meet the new large diameter quad exhaust system, improving both visual form and aerodynamic performance.
This new exhaust has been adjusted to provide a distinctive sound character and is finished in satin black to compliment the gloss black treatment of the diffuser. A redesigned rear bumper with integrated quarter panel vents completes the rear-end revisions, emphasizing the DBX707’s powerful body.
Inside, the Aston Martin DBX707 is a combination of sporty looks and a comfy feel
Inside, the athletic motif continues with standard Sport seats (Comfort seats are available as a no-cost option). All seat choices come included with 16-way motorized adjustment and front and back heating.
The standard Accelerate interior includes a mix of leather and Alcantara, while the optional Inspire – Comfort and Inspire Sport interiors to include full Semi-Aniline leather with embroidered Aston Martin wings on the headrest, a contrast stripe down the center of the seat, and a perforation pattern in the seat back and base cushion.
The DBX707’s interior, like its appearance, has a dark chrome finish on the switchgear as standard. Optional features include bright chrome and carbon fiber. Carbon fiber or bronze metal mesh veneer treatments are offered as options for the basic piano black veneer.
Q by Aston Martin, the brand’s customized service, provides the utmost in customization for clients wishing to further enhance the exceptionalness of the DBX707 and create something really unique.
Production of the DBX707 is expected to begin in Q1 2022, with first deliveries expected in early Q2 2022.