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The Aston Martin DB12 unveiled, James Bond’s super grand tourer has 680 horsepower and a top secret price

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First official images for the new Aston Martin model at the top of the coupe range (and historical protagonist of the James Bond films). Despite the designation, in line with that of the granturismo that preceded it (the last heir to which is the DB11), the new DB12 has all the ingredients to break with the previous DBs. What Gaydon calls the first “Super Tourer” is a sports car that can combine luxury and sportiness at the highest level. And it represents the first step in a series of new models expected in the coming years. The first deliveries of the DB12 are expected in the coming months, but the price has not yet been announced, which should still be around 200,000 euros. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Volante version with a canvas top towards the end of the year.

Everything new

The style is the muscular one of the most recent Astons, with elements linked to tradition such as the grille, now even larger, the muscular fenders and the taillights with LEDs, slim and curved. Compared to the DB11, the track width has grown by 6 mm at the front and by 22 mm at the rear. Furthermore, the new coupé is more aggressive thanks to the generous front splitter and the standard presence of 21-inch forged alloy wheels. The DB12 measures 4.72 meters in length, 2.80 in wheelbase and dry weight of 1,685 kg, divided between 48% front and 52% rear. The lamps are new, with LEDs that give an even more modern touch. On the sides of the bumper there are aerodynamic appendages that are fitted directly to the main body (an absolute first among sports cars), while the rear has simple and personal lines, again with the LED headlights that “merge” with the rest of the tailgate .

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Digital dashboard

The DB12 brings a completely new infotainment to its debut, which required a complete overhaul of the dashboard. In front of the driver is a 10.25-inch digital display, while a second screen of the same size is nestled in the center console along with the secondary controls and transmission selector. Now count on Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, three-dimensional navigation, over-the-air updates with integrated eSim and remote connection to the car via the Aston Martin app. The steering wheel, door panels, rear-view mirrors and air vents are also completely new. The level of finish has been further improved, as has the naturally super-exclusive optional equipment: for example, Bowers & Wilkins has studied an optional audio system, tailored to the passenger compartment of the DB12, with 15 speakers and 1,170 watts of power.

Farewell to the V12

It will find its place in the hood of the DB12 the 4.0 biturbo of Mercedes-AMG origin, in an unprecedented 680 hp version and with a torque of 800 Nm, available from 2,750 to 6,000 rpm. Able to push the car to 323 km/h and to go from standstill to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds, it permanently eliminated the 5.2 V12, in turn turbocharged, which belonged to the DB11. The electronically controlled suspension, the electric power steering, the electronically controlled e-Diff rear differential (Aston Martin’s first), the four-level ESP (Wet, On, Track and Off), the eight-speed automatic shortened final drive ratio (3.083:1 ) and the Michelin Pilot 5S tires 275/35 and 315/30 on 21-inch rims promise more driving pleasure than before, according to the manufacturer. There’s no doubt about it.

Source: Corriere

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