Said transmission is both future-proof and robust, as it can supposedly handle over 900Nm of torque.
The Superleggera lives up to its moniker thanks to the numerous exterior body parts that are made from carbon fibre, which make it 72kg lighter than the standard DB11 V12.
However, Aston Martin didn’t stop there. The propeller shaft, which connects the engine to the gearbox, is also made from carbon fibre.
The Superleggera’s carbon- ceramic Brembo brakes (410mm front discs and 360mm rear discs) help reduce unsprung weight, too, as they are lighter than cast iron discs. These robust stoppers are a must in light of the car’s turn of speed. Indeed, the turbocharged V12 is so capable that accelerating from 80km/h to 120km/h in fourth gear only takes an incredible 4.2 seconds, which could well be the quickest in the Superleggera’s segment.
Needless to say, the acceleration in lower gears is stupendously fast, thanks to the mountain of torque accessible from low revs. But it must be said that the power delivery is always refined and never daunting to use.
To heighten the DBS’ handling without spoiling its ride quality was probably more of an exercise in alchemy than engineering.
Aston Martin’s “alchemist” is ex-Lotus chassis engineer Matt Becker. He lowered the ride height by 5mm and made the suspension components 15 percent stiffer, but the DBS still feels supple on challenging roads.