Upon start of production, the DBX marked a substantial turning point in Aston Martin’s over 100-year history, being the brand’s first ever SUV. The intention was to create a vehicle that could adapt to an array of different driving situations, whether you’re navigating a country road or exploring the dunes of a desert, the DBX provides a luxurious but also dynamic driving experience.
Despite its size, the SUV can still be easily distinguished as an Aston Martin due to the DBX’s iconic ‘DB’ grille along with its rear end which takes styling cues from the Vantage. Under the bonnet, you’ll find the same 4.0-litre V8 engine that powers both the Vantage and the DB11, except in the DBX, it has been tuned to produce 542 bhp. This means that the DBX will accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in a blistering 4.5 seconds and from then on, the car will continue to storm down the road until it hits 181mph which, for a family SUV, is fairly astonishing.
Part of the reasoning for the DBX’s sports-car-like performance is by virtue of the lightweight aluminium construction. A surprisingly light kerb weight of just 2245kg allows the DBX to handle like a car with much smaller dimensions. Air suspension and adaptive dampening allow the four-wheel drive DBX to adjust to any terrain, making it the perfect package for those that wish to maintain a good balance between practicality and excitement.
Aston Martin then unveiled the DBX 707 in 2022, which housed a slightly upgraded version of the already revered 4-Litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine. The 707 achieves 0-60mph in a staggering 3.1 seconds, with the engine producing just under 700bhp. Steering, suspension, and therefore handling, have all been upgraded as well to improve overall performance when compared with the standard DBX.