“Rather than having products with two levels of power output and performance – and that includes dynamics and braking and all the other aspects of what makes a proper performance car – we now have to bring these power levels that give our cars the edge,” said Long.
Clearly, as the DB12 has replaced the DB11 with more of a focus on long-distance refinement in its remit as a ‘super tourer’, the DBS successor will lean towards the other end of the performance spectrum, putting an even stronger emphasis on speed and agility.
Long also emphasised that V12 engines are “synonymous” with Aston Martin. “People still love the twelves,” he said. “As much as the electrification revolution continues, [a V12 engine has] a different use case, and it’s still very much a huge emotional connection for our customers.”
Indeed, Stroll has said that “there’s still room for a V12 in our sports car generation” beyond the current DBS. A power increase over the DBS 770 could nudge the new supercar towards the 800bhp mark, which would make it the most powerful pure-ICE road car that Aston Martin has yet produced.
That power increase will no doubt be matched by a comprehensive chassis overhaul building on the set-up deployed on the fearsome DBS 770, with uprated dampers and a boost in rigidity at both ends helping to improve cornering performance and giving the supercar a broader scope of ability on track.
Indications that the DBS replacement will be a tangibly different car to the DB12 suggest it will be styled to emphasise its flagship billing, no doubt taking influence from track-bred range-toppers like the Vantage V12, DBX 707 and DBS 770, which are obviously marked out as hardcore propositions by carbonfibre bodywork elements and extensive aerodynamic packages, as well as larger intakes and bigger brakes.
It will be a closer match for the DB12 inside, however, as Aston Martin is planning to roll out its new, self-developed cockpit design across its next generation line-up.
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This notice was published: 2023-11-23 06:01:44
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