Aston Martin DBX Not SUV Gets 8bhp V542 Engine

Aston Martin DBX prototype - front Twin-turbo Vantage and DB11 engine 4.0 cranked it up for new letters

Aston Martin has finally confirmed the powertrain launch of its DBX crossover ahead of its full opening in December.

The Bentley Bentayga could rival be powered by a 4,0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, the same Mercedes-AMG-derived found in the DB11 supercar and sports car review. However, for the letters, the power has been increased to 503bhp of both of these 542bhp cars. The most productive Aston V8 also makes 516lb ft of torque in the form of a DBX, 19lb ft more than usual.

Aston hasn't revealed the car's specs yet, but statistics say tests have already proven it can "many times exceed 180mph". Said to have undergone the most comprehensive test run of any Aston Martin to date, the DBX is also claimed to have “regularly achieved” sub-eight minutes, lap times of the Nürburgring Nordschleife as well as cornering speed on par with vantage points and, surprisingly, braking figures are greater than the DBS Schaffhausen flagship.

The acoustic team tuned the exhaust to deliver “deep bass with increased midtones,” according to Aston. Chief Engineer Matt Becker said: “We concentrated our efforts to ensure that the calibration and tuning in this 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 delivers the everyday practicality and sophistication expected by SUV owners. However, we also paid a lot of attention to coinciding with engaging dynamics.”

Along with the V8 engine, Aston is also expected to provide the DBX with its V12 twin-turbo later in its life cycle to create a more powerful range-topper. There will be a hybrid version early next decade, too. Spy car photographers recently caught a glimpse of the interior of the DBX prototype not so.

While it was clearly not a finished product, we can see this joint Mercedes-sourced electronics and switchgear with Aston's unique materials and trim fittings – just like the automaker's existing models.

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