Daniel Craig has called it quits after a successful run and while his successor has yet to be announced, we’d wager his next set of wheels would be the DBX707. While the classic DB5 is still the coolest thing on earth, the DBX707 will be a nice addition to the 007 garages for its sheer power. Yup, this new Aston Martin SUV is now the fastest SUV in the world. Such lofty claims are courtesy of the 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 being overhauled to produce a frankly ridiculous 707PS and 900Nm.
That is a huge increase in power over the ‘standard’ DBX which is not slow at all. With so much power at your disposal, other facets of the vehicle are also changed with the adoption of a new wet clutch transmission over the torque converter auto. That means snappier gear changes and quicker response times. As a result, the DBX707 now goes from 0-62mph time in 3.3 seconds. We forget that the DBX is a luxury SUV and such numbers from a huge vehicle is testimony to either our thirst for powerful vehicles or technology pushing the boundaries in terms of defeating physics. Elsewhere, you get ceramic brakes to stop the thing along with 22inch standard wheels with 23’s optional. Let’s hope Bond doesn’t curb those wheels!
DBX707 also gets a new version of the electronically limited-slip rear differential (e-diff) for being better equipped to meet the demands of the extra power. It has been updated to handle the 900Nm of torque along with featuring a revised (shorter) final drive ratio of 3.27 compared to 3.07 for the DBX V8. Like the standard DBX, it gets air springs, but the chassis has been tuned to make it harder, faster, and leaner. Aston Martin has also tweaked just about everything to make it almost a new car with the steering being revised for more feedback along with tighter body control or smarter reflexes.
Inside, there is an updated lower console for accommodating the new driver mode selection switches hence, instead of being hidden deep beneath the sub menus inside the infotainment system, the key driver settings are now within reach. Aston also says that there is a new active exhaust switch, which opens the valves of the new quad tailpipe sports exhaust system without needing to be in Sport drive mode. Sports seats are standard with a mix of leather and Alcantara while customers can add their personal touch with a scope of adding carbon and other bespoke materials.
Visually, the DBX is a fine-looking SUV to start with and Aston hasn’t meddled with those lines but added some thoughtful tweaks. The grille is even bigger and thus now competes with the BMW in terms of ‘grille wars’ along with a new DRL signature plus bigger intakes and a new front splitter. Louvered bonnet blades, gloss black detailing, a new lip spoiler and soft-close doors round off the rest of the changes.
Aston Martin DBX707 production is due to commence in Q1 of 2022, with first deliveries scheduled to begin during early Q2 2022 while a hefty premium over the standard DBX means that the price now balloons to $230,000 plus. Not that the Q branch will mind…