Aston Martin DBX SUV: 543bhp 4.0-litre V8 confirmed

Published: 25 September 2019

► The first-ever Aston Martin SUV
► New AMG-sourced 4.0 V8 confirmed
► Latest news ahead of winter debut

The new Aston Martin DBX will be powered by the same raucous 4.0-litre AMG-supplied V8 as the Vantage junior supercar, Gaydon has confirmed. Outputs are tweaked to 543bhp and 516lb ft, making this one of the brawniest SUVs on the marketplace. 

There's a long dripfeed campaign in place on the DBX, ahead of its planned debut this winter. Because it's a brand-new, blank-sheet-of-paper kinda car, there is no risk of cannibalising sales of an existing product - hence the long PR build-up. So we don't yet have the full specs and details, but we do have a growing band of nuggets:

  • Engine  4.0-litre twin-turbo V8
  • Power and torque  543bhp and 516lb ft
  • Nurburging lap times  'Sub 8 minute'
  • Top speed  In excess of 180mph

It's telling that one of the official photos (below) shows the DBX crossover mid-drift, suggesting that Aston is tuning it with athletic, sports car handling in mind. Even if most customers will drive one to collect their kids from private school, it seems they're determined to make sure it has the dynamic ability of any other Aston Martin.

Aston Martin DBX

Matt Becker, Aston Martin’s chief engineer, said: 'We have concentrated our work to ensure that the calibration and tune of this 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 delivers both the everyday usability and refinement expected by SUV owners. However, we have also focused heavily on matching that with the engaging driving dynamics that are commanded by our brand and inherent in every Aston Martin and early indications of the car’s overall performance have been incredibly promising.'

Aston Martin DBX: everything you need to know

The new Aston Martin DBX is the brand’s first SUV, and another step towards its transformation as a stable, profitable, luxury brand, bosses hope. 

It's embarked on a series of testing at high-speed circuits such as the Nordschleife and in the Arctic Circle, where it was tested at -30C.

‘The Aston Martin DBX needs to be ready for a wide range of multi-terrain surfaces, so in addition to testing the car in normal day-to-day situations, we need to test it in extreme conditions such as these,' said Becker. 'Testing these prototypes in cold climate conditions helps us to assess the car’s early dynamics and crucially ensure confidence inspiring sure-footedness on low grip surfaces.’

It's a busy time at Aston Martin - witness the three cars it showed at the Geneva motor show in March 2019 – so it's no surprise the company is expanding its manufacturing footprint in the UK.

The DBX will be built in the brand’s new St Athan Lagonda plant in Wales, where the company will eventually make EVs, too. 

Although the new DBX is being launched as a 4.0-litre V8 first, hybrid and plug-in models are planned in the future.

Read more about the new Aston Martin factory in Wales

Aston Martin DBX winter testing

‘DBX is so much more than "just" an SUV; it will be the first model built at our brand-new facility in St Athan,’ said company CEO Andy Palmer. ‘As such, it is very much the start of a bold new era in the company’s long history.’

Aston Martin DBX: what does it look like?

Although the latest pictures show a heavily camo’d version of the new SUV (and branding - proof that camo is now part of the marketing message), you can still tell it’s an Aston Martin, with that gaping signature grille and lights which appear to be directly lifted off the V8 Vantage. It looks like the DBX borrows the rear light signature from the Vantage and DBS, too, we'd say. 


Nevertheless, the broad strokes of the new car are clear to see, and it looks a little more compact than its inevitable Urus and Cayenne-shaped competition. The DBX does have four doors though, so practicality is still an important factor for Gaydon.

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We've seen a blend of official 'spy' pictures and genuine pap shots. Our own photographers have spied the Aston Martin DBX testing at the Nurburgring – along with seemingly every other car on the road at the moment, regardless of segment. Anyway, in addition to pictures of the new SUV in action, our man with the long lens has also managed to snap some images of the new car’s interior. 

The DBX is a while away from production, so the cabin is by no means finished, but we can make out the rough design strokes of the new crossover’s interior. So far, it looks to be a mish-mash of previous-gen Mercedes A-class switchgear and infotainment combined with some weird-looking vents – so just like the new Vantage, then.

DBX

Pictures from the cabin also show haphazard controls, a laptop, and a makeshift button for a horn. While we’re well aware this isn’t a finished interior by any means, it’s still fascinating to see the processes billion-pound projects like these must go through.

Aston Martin DBX: when is it coming out?

The British manufacturer’s second plant has started to produce cars, and will likely create 750 jobs in total.

The plant will act as the main manufacturing site for the brand’s electrified Lagonda brand, but it’ll also be responsible for the new DBX, too.

Real world testing of the DBX, which began appropriately in the Welsh countryside last year, continues apace. The luxury SUV will be equally at home in an urban environment as it is off-road in less welcoming terrain. Over the last few months the DBX has been put through its paces in all environments from the Arctic Circle to the unique challenges of the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

We'll update this page as we learn more about the new DBX SUV

By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's online editor and racing-sim enthusiast

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