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The Aston Martin DBX 707 is not only the world's fastest SUV; it's also a brilliantly engineered and practical daily driver.
The 2023 Aston Martin DBX 707 is more than just an SUV: it's an endearing, feisty character that may leave you wanting nothing else to do with another vehicle once you get behind the wheel. The DBX 707 is the ultra-high-performance grade of the first-ever SUV from Aston Martin and, as a result, offers record-breaking performance along with an opulent combination of luxurious materials that look gorgeous enough to invite you to get in and enjoy every moment.
Like its older sibling, this all-new high-riding crossover follows hard on the heels of sports car brands rolling out performance-oriented SUVs since the Porsche Cayenne began production in 2002. It will vie for a share of the fast-growing segment against the likes of the Lamborghini Urus, Ferrari Purosangue, and Bentley Bentayga. Here are ten things enthusiasts should know about the 2023 Aston Martin DBX rolls off the production line.
Like every vehicle from established luxury brands, the unit price of hyper-powerful SUVs increases in parallel with their sophistication in terms of beauty, quality, rarity, and appeal to consumers' emotions. The DBX 707, with its headline power figure and exquisite design, fits the bill perfectly.
Based on this perceived value, consumers will have to pay a premium price for the 2023 Aston Martin DBX 707, with pricing starting at $239,086 (including a $3,086 destination charge). For comparison, the 2023 Lamborghini Urus will begin at an estimated $230,000, while the base price of the Bentley Bentayga could be even lower at an estimated $167,000.
Like many Aston Martin products, the 2023 Aston Martin DBX 707 has a monstrous V8 engine sourced from Mercedes-AMG, as part of the collaboration with Mercedes-AMG since 2013. This powertrain has also been used in the Aston Martin Vintage, Aston Martin DB11 V8, and the DB11 Volante variant.
In the DBX 707, the twin-Turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 generates an awe-inspiring 697 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque. The increase in performance compared to the regular DBX results from a modification of the engine software and enhanced ball-bearing turbochargers.
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We do not expect an Aston Martin to be lumbering and slow. Nonetheless, it's still big news that the 2023 DBX 707 is now the world's fastest production SUV, per the manufacturer.
The Aston Martin DBX 707 holds this enviable record, thanks to an acclaimed zero to 60 mph sprint time of 3.3 seconds and an outrageous top speed of 193 mph. This is 1 mph faster than a Ferrari Purosangue (192 mph), 3 mph faster than both the 2023 Lamborghini Urus Performante and Bentley Bentayga (190 mph), and 6 mph faster than a Maserati Levante Trofeo (187 mph).
To make the DBX707 even more capable, Aston Martin upgraded the regular model's nine-speed automated gearbox by replacing its torque converter with a wet clutch pack. Consequently, every Aston Martin DBX 707 will be equipped with a nine-speed wet-clutch automatic transmission that delivers silky-smooth performance.
The Mercedes-AMG transmission allows the 707 to better manage the much-increased torque loadings compared with a regular torque converter automatic. This translates into 30 percent faster shifts and significantly contributes to the 707's output increase versus the previous V8.
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When you're driving what is arguably the most powerful luxury SUV on the road, nothing short of phenomenal stopping power will do. This is why the Aston Martin DBX 707 is good news for the "haves" of the world who rely on their brakes to avoid accidents and safely navigate roads requiring demanding cutting applications.
Every DBX 707 comes standard with potent carbon ceramic brakes (420mm front and 390mm rear) that not only deliver plenty of predictable, sure-footed, and confident power, but also resist overheating exceptionally well. Aston Martin achieved this by modifying the braking system's hydraulic sizing and booster tune – a fitting way to back those big 22s and optional 23-inch wheels up.
The 707 offers five drive modes to accommodate a wide variety of applications: four on-road drive modes and one for off-road. The "GT" drive mode gives the driver maximum driving pleasure, while the "Sport" and "Sport+" modes allow for more active driving by improving throttle response and providing more sensitive feedback to driver inputs.
DBX 707 also has an "Individual" mode that allows owners to customize the driving experience by tuning the suspension, steering, and exhaust note for a throaty growl that is deeply satisfying. When off-road, users can activate the "Terrain" mode to benefit from the 707's ability to navigate the trickiest terrains.
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Aston Martin's reputation is one of ultra-high performance. But even by those lofty standards, the DBX 707 has become better at adapting your driving to the appropriate type and condition of the road, thanks to chassis revisions and especially DBX's dynamic system.
The hardware includes air springs, adaptive dampers, and a 48-Volt anti-roll system that utilizes an electric motor torque to create a more level ride and reduce vehicle lean during cornering. Together, these features ensure superior on-road comfort while also making the 707 more suited to the harsh realities of off-road driving.
Compared to the regular DBX, the 707's exterior gains more sporty styling with a revised front. Highlights include a larger front grille and all-new daytime running lamps. In addition, a new front air splitter combines with the rear spoiler to provide downforce for improved high-speed stability.
Other functional elements include new optimized air intakes that help the 707's engine breathe more easily, brake cooling ducts, a new lip spoiler on the roof wing that helps reduce lift and increase high-speed stability, and similar.
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In addition to incorporating the latest aerodynamic concepts, the 707's design makes wide use of carbon fiber composites for weight saving, enhanced speed, precision, and smoothness.
Shoppers will find carbon fiber treatment in various areas, including the drive shaft, air splitter, and other exterior parts. Inside, carbon-fiber accents can be found on the center console, door sill, and back of the driver's seat.
In response to the ever-growing need for enhanced ease of use, Aston Martin has redesigned the DBX 707's center console, distinguishing it from the regular model while completing its rich-looking display.
Owners can use the center console to switch between drive modes, transition to the manual gearbox mode, turn off the electronic stability program, or even adjust the suspension and exhaust note.
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