Euro-based carmaker Aston Martin tries to impress the SUV folks with their first ever entry. It’s a crossover with impressive design elements. Looks classy like the Aston Martin’s other car, the Vantage, only this time, it has higher ground clearance, meaner-looking wheels, and a seating capacity that would deceive brand loyalists if the company still makes cars for rich, single elites.
2021 Aston Martin DBX Engine
The DBX has gutsy engines carrying the classic estate wagon-ish SUV. The 9-speed transmission helps carry the power from the 4.0L twin turbo V8 engine to the impressive set of wheels. The car frame and every other part on this car weigh a total of 5086 lbs. It’s a little bit lighter than most SUVs, considering the need for such powerful engines. This takes the DBX from 0 to 60 mph in just 4 seconds tops. It does take some warming up before it can set the road on fire. It doesn’t break the record for another car though – on a very similar pricing, the Cayenne Turbo Coupe accelerates in under 4 seconds.
DBX’s engine was collaboration between Mercedes and the Aston Martin Group, and the little experiment can output 542 hp with 516 ft-lbs of torque force. That’s going to need a lot of breaking but it does get it started. This amount of force gives the DBS some pulling strength to tow an external weight of more than 5900 lbs.
2021 Aston Martin DBX Performance
With the higher displacement, drivers would expect AM’s first SUV to fail miserably with stability but engineers in the company thought of everything. The chassis is set up so that the front and rear wheels adjust electronically to keep driving more streamlined. One of the people responsible for the crafty engineering is Lotus’ software genius Matt Becker. The design incorporates triple-chamber air springs. An anti-roll system also contributes to the overall stability.
The DBX is at par in terms of performance with Porsche Cayenne Turbo and their Macan GTS. The steering is nice and even, with less-than-noticeable friction. Couple that with corrective steering and drivers get safety plus functionality on DBX. The brakes on the crossover feel apt to the design, but it’s not overly aggressive for it to be called a true sports SUV, which could be good or bad, depending on what customers are looking for in the DBX.
The DBX has several driving modes available enabled by both active center differential and rear control differentials. It doesn’t matter if the SUV is speeding midway through a track – it adjusts automatically to make the best out of the power output and the driver’s safety. This level of control is exhibited when turning sharp curves, and performs just as well like one is driving a Volkswagen Golf R.
The DBX improves the Sports driving mode by lowering the chassis, and increasing the resistance on each of the wheels. Some minor bumps can be expected on the front end of the DBX while in this drive mode, but aside from this, the rest will help achieve a relatively smooth cruise.
2021 Aston Martin DBX Looks and Interior
The engines on the DBX are as wild as it gets on the tracks but drivers will have a relatively comfortable experience inside. The seats have Caithness full grain leather. AM has been in partnership with design-focused company Bridge of Weir for sturdy materials like carbon fiber. There’s metal and wood trims to make it look classy while still being modern. The upholstery is customized, with over 200 hours of professional handiwork done.
That’s not all the creature comforts the DBX has to offer. The DBX is compatible with Apple CarPlay for iOS loyalists. There’s an explosive 800-watt speaker system, and video surveillance inside and outside. In rare cases the driver may not be experienced with parking (which is doubtful given anyone driving an AM should already have significant experience), emergency braking benefits the bumpers and possible critters getting in the way and incidentally out-of-sight.
There’s also a skyroof for natural light for daytime driving, and responsive wheels with haptic feedback and several control buttons. The driver’s seat accommodates any size, from small to tall. In the backseat, kids can enjoy 12” entertainment screens which would help moms or dads just enjoy being behind the wheel for at least 30 minutes before dropping them off to a nursery. The center dash has several other controls available for other features loaded onto the DBX.
2021 Aston Martin DBX Pricing
For anyone wondering and wooing over the specs and performance of AM’s first crossover, they can buy it for a base price of $180,000. Retail prices may increase it from $195,000 to $200,000. Variations on the trimming may affect price, and the genuinely comfortable interiors are partly at fault for a little more money that will be taken out of a customer’s account.
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