Aston Martin has revealed ‘the beating heart’ of its first new £160,000 DBX sports utility vehicle – along with the accompanying roar that signals its ‘sportscar levels of performance’.
The British luxury car-maker confirmed today that the new DBX will be powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine – developing 550 horse-power equivalent to five Ford Fiestas – making it the highest performing V8 engine in current Aston Martin range with appeal to both Jane and James Bond and their off-spring.
And to hammer home the point before the covers come off the still lightly disguised SUV in December, it has produced a short 21 second teaser video soundtrack of the engine and exhaust system in full flight as a delight for the ears creating ‘true auditory exhilaration.’
Extensive ‘everyday real-world driving’ and high-performance track evaluation has taken place around the world – including at Silverstone in the UK (pictured)
Aston Martin chief executive Dr Andy Palmer said testing among wealthy SUV owners suggested the DBX is seen as ‘neither male nor female biased.’
The St Athan plant, a former RAF airfield, has so far created 200 jobs which will rise to 750 as production ramps up. A further 3,000 jobs are expected among local suppliers and businesses.
It has capacity to build 7,000 cars a year, of which 2,000 are planned to be all-electric Lagonda branded vehicles. The Gaydon plant has a similar capacity of 7,000 vehicles – sports cars and coupes. Last year Aston Martin made 6,400 cars.