New Aston Martin DBX variant is “world’s most powerful luxury SUV”

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aston martin dbx coupeAston Martin is preparing to reveal a hot new version of its DBX, which it says will be “the world’s most powerful luxury SUV”.

Scheduled for an unveiling on 1 February, the new model will be the range-topping performance version of the DBX promised by Aston CEO Tobias Moers last year.

The company has so far remained tight-lipped on how much more potent than the standard DBX it will be, but a 450kW-plus output is expected, given the existing model packs 404kW.

One likely scenario is that the DBX ‘S’ – as it could be called, in line with traditional Aston Martin nomenclature – will take some 470kW from a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 running in the same state of tune as it does in Mercedes-AMG’s GT 63 S.

Previously, it was thought that the DBX could play host to the 6.0-litre V12 from its DB11 and DBS sibling models, but recently spotted prototypes hint at a less subtle engineering overhaul, and an official teaser video hints at a distinctive V8 growl.

The model will be introduced as part of a push to create a comprehensive family of DBX models, much like rival Porsche has done with the Cayenne. It arrives following the recent launch of a straight-six-powered mild hybrid model for the Chinese market, and is expected to be followed by additional variants – possibly including a seven-seater and a coupé.

Alongside a substantial power boost, the new DBX will be marked out from the standard car by way of a chassis overhaul aimed at improving its dynamic behaviour; bigger brakes, stiffer suspension and stickier rubber are among the most likely upgrades.

It will also no doubt sit lower and feature a more aggressive bodykit than the existing DBX, which is more overtly focused on long-distance refinement.

While the DBX is unlikely to receive Aston’s V12, that engine will be deployed in a new edition of the Vantage coupé – the last model to wear the Vantage V12 nameplate – which is also due in the coming months.

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