Aston Martin DBS Superleggera – Return of the Greats
By TMA Howe

The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera takes us back to some truly iconic Astons of years gone by. The original DBS appeared in 1967 as a replacement for the DB6, which was beginning to look somewhat dated. The name Superleggera (meaning ‘super light’) pays homage to Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera, the Italian coachbuilder renowned for the car’s super light construction techniques.

With the DBS Superleggera, Aston Martin has a super GT to take on the world’s best luxury cars. The Vanquish S that the DBS Superleggera succeeds is a tough act to follow. Continuing the design themes of the beautiful DB11, the 5.2-litre twin turbo V12 DBS Superleggera will take you up to 62mph in just 3.4 seconds and then on to 100mph in 6.4 seconds, with a top speed of 211mph.

The DBS Superleggera has a plentiful level of standard equipment, including keyless entry, tyre pressure monitoring system, and a 360-degree camera with parking distance display and park assist. The audio system has DAB plus Bluetooth audio and phone streaming, as well as iPod, iPhone, and USB playback. There is also an integrated satellite navigation system and wi-fi hub. All the in-car infotainment systems use a central LCD screen, controlled via a central dial.

Video Portrays the Speed of the DBS Superleggera

This remarkable video marks the debut of the DBS Superleggera and is by innovative image maker Nick Knight. Placed centre stage amidst a bold piece of contemporary cinematic art, the DBS Superleggera’s poise and power are vividly re-imagined through Knight’s unique vision.

“I asked what the single key attribute of the car was,” Knight says, “and the answer was ‘speed’.”

The DBS Superleggera has been brought to life through Knight’s dazzling use of photography and CGI. A location shoot in a former steelworks provided key shots, environments and backgrounds, which were then blended into Knight’s trademark post-production.

“I like to push the frontiers of non-narrative film,” he says. “It’s about weaving in a set of emotions and responding naturally to what you see.” A hugely complex 3D model of the DBS Superleggera was then animated, with dynamic reflections that morph and flex in time with the soundtrack.


TMA Howe is Luxury Globe Media’s UK Automotive Editor.