Aston Martin’s SUV undergoes extensive tests
Posted on 16 Oct 2019 and read 651 times
As its unveiling draws closer, Aston Martin’s first SUV has entered the closing stages of “the most comprehensive test regime of any Aston Martin”, with extensive real-world driving and high-performance track evaluation taking place at locations world-wide — including the company’s two key engineering centres at Silverstone (UK) and the Nürburgring (Germany).
Chief engineer Matt Becker says his team has focused their development work to ensure “the broad dynamic capability required of DBX.”
He went on to say that while conducting durability testing at the demanding Nürburgring racing circuit, the DBX has delivered cornering speeds on a par with the brand’s most focused sports car (the Vantage), while achieving braking figures greater than its Super GT, the DBS Superleggera.
“This brutal combination of performance for an SUV has already seen our engineering team regularly achieve sub-8min Nordschleife lap times during their regular testing regime.”
The DBX will feature a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine delivering 550PS and 700Nm of torque.
Moreover, high-speed testing has already proven DBX to repeatedly exceed 180mph, with the final top speed and acceleration figures being set in the closing stages of the testing process.
Mr Becker said: “We have concentrated our work to ensure that the calibration and tune of the engine deliver 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 — and early indications of the car’s overall performance have been incredibly promising.”
The DBX is set to be unveiled in December.