We are suckers for cars with an insane amount of horsepower a la the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, but we also have a sweet spot for cars that simply look spectacular from nearly every angle. Combine those two qualities, and you have a real winner as witnessed by the 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera, which leaked today ahead of its official debut.
The DBS Superleggera will go toe-to-toe with Ferrari’s 812 Superfast, and it overall design is a clear evolution of the existing DB11. However, this new flagship features a much larger grille up front that is flanked by twin air ducts. Things are also a bit more aggressive out back with revised taillights and a more aggressive rear diffuser. If you thought that the DB11 was a little “meh” from a looks standpoint, the DBS Superleggera will probably change your opinion — for the better.
While the DBS Superleggera is based on the DB11, Aston Martin has made extensive use of carbon fiber throughout the body, which allows the curb weight to drop 160 pounds to 3,733 lbs.
On the power front, Aston Martin has made some pretty big advances with the twin-turbocharged V12 engine. On the DB11, the 5.2-liter engine generates 600hp and 516 lb-ft of torque (which is available from 1500rpm to 5000rpm). In the DBS Superleggera, output swells to 715hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. Power is channeled through an 8-speed automatic transmission to the rear wheels. According to the leaked specs, the vehicle is said to bolt form a standstill to 60mph in just 3.4 seconds and will hit 100mph in 6.4 seconds.
Slowing the DBS Superleggera are 16.1-inch rotors up front and 13.2-inch rotors in the rear. Ceramic brakes are found all around along with four-piston calipers.
Given that this information leaked ahead of time, we don’t have any word on pricing of availability, but we have the feeling that you will probably pay a lot more than the DB11’s $216,000 price in V12 guise.