There are reports that Aston Martin is preparing a performance version of its DBX SUV to rival Porsche’s Cayenne Turbo GT, and it might come with V12 power. At Nürburgring, Germany, a prototype was seen undergoing road tests.
A bespoke design package for the range-topping DBX is centred around a new grille and larger intakes, but news that the car sounded remarkably similar to the V12-engined DB11 and the DBS is perhaps more telling.
Earlier this year, it was reported that Aston was working on a sportier DBX for release after the mild-hybrid, which is due in 2022, to complement the Porsche Cayenne rivalry. It is possible that it will appear in a mid-life update for the luxury SUV, which was launched in 2020, based on the styling changes and the development schedule.
The DBX S is rumoured to arrive in 2023 and will feature a sportier body design, lowered suspension, enhanced brakes, as well as a power bump that will take it far beyond the 550hp of the standard model. Aston’s V12 motor in the DB11 AMR generates 639hp, almost identical to the new Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT.
However, the German manufacturer’s super-Saloon GT 63 S utilizes the same AMG-engineered V8 of the DBX standard model, which has 639 horsepower. There is no word on whether Aston will build a V12-powered DBX, or if the company will leverage its partnership with AMG to obtain cheaper V8 engines.
Aston Martin DBX:
The media understands that Aston Martin plans to minimize the considerable cost of developing the DBX by introducing new body styles as well as a variety of engines. It is also planned to offer rakish-roofed coupé variants, which designer Marek Reichman hinted at last year, and an extended-wheelbase version that makes good use of passenger space.
An Aston Martin V12-powered Vantage coupé has recently been spotted testing by the company. It would mean that all models except for the V8-only Valhalla are offered with 12-cylinder engines as well.
Aston Martin India:
The DBX SUV from Aston Martin has recently launched in India at a starting price of Rs 3.82 crore (ex-showroom). There are also DB11 and Vantage supercars in the British brand’s model line-up in India.