Aston Martin DBX 707 – First Driving Test: This is how Urus killer drives

The basis for this British horsepower orgy is formed by the well-known 4.0-liter V8 from Mercedes-AMG. For use in the DBX707, it is equipped with a new, ball-bearing turbo and a new programmed management system. All this leads to an output of 707 hp at 6,000 rpm and a torque of 900 Nm at 2,600 rpm. With 2.2 tonnes in 3.3 to 100. The sprint to 100 km/h completes the DBX707 weighing at least 2.2 tonnes in 3.3 seconds and then the cake is only finished at 310 km/h. That is a big difference with the standard DBX, which has the following figures: 550 hp, 700 Nm, 4.5 seconds, 291 km/h. The DBX707 is therefore actually faster than the Lamborghini Urus, which Aston Martin has identified as its main competitor. The 650 hp Urus needs 3.6 seconds to sprint to 100 km/h and its top speed is slightly lower at 305 km/h. The power transmission is also provided by the nine-speed automatic transmission with wet drive-away clutch, also known from AMG. The four-wheel drive works with an electronically controlled multi-disc clutch. The undercarriage was also overhauled to steer all the violence in the right direction. For example, the three-chamber air suspension has been adapted. Furthermore, a 48-volt roll stabilization and carbon fiber ceramic brakes are standard on board. Comfort, too. Aston Martin’s engineers have done a fine job with the engine-gearbox combination. The muscular V8 can pack a punch; the DBX707 shoots out of place and then pulls hard. In addition, it sounds like a V8 should sound: from deep growling to violent roar. The nine-speed automatic responds lightning fast and changes in, for example, the Sport + mode with brute force of resistance. In general, however, it manages to please with smooth and astonishingly smooth gear changes. Always tangible Even though you can drive very fast with the DBX707, the weight and especially the size of the car are always tangible. That can hardly be otherwise, because the DBX707 is more than five meters long and two meters wide and the wheelbase is more than three meters. The DBX707 combines high performance with comfort. The air suspension is especially sensitive on long bumps, but he is not much for cross ridges and the like. Then he reacts a bit rudely. The steering reacts directly and accurately, but a little more feeling would have been nice. Porsche has succeeded in this better with the Cayenne. Positive surprise The spaciousness of the DBX is a positive surprise with every introduction, especially for the astonishingly spacious rear compartment. It even has a three-part folding rear seat and a notable luggage space (according to Aston Martin with a capacity of 638 liters). The DBX707 is also allowed to tow a trailer with a weight of 2.7 tons. But whether that will really interest future owners? Not the latest multimedia The interior is very nicely decorated, with no significant changes compared to the regular DBX. The navigation and multimedia system from Mercedes-Benz is – how do we say that neatly – not the latest variant. The number of functions is limited and the operation and navigation quality seem a bit outdated. That does not alter the fact that the DBX707 is an impressive piece of engineering. A car with a top speed of 310 km/h may not quite fit in with the zeitgeist anymore, but we are glad that such cars still exist.


Source: AutoWeek by www.autoweek.nl.

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