Hadag spent the day in Aston Martin’s recently upgraded DBX707, a beauty of a beast fast leaving its would be contenders in the rearview.
The ultra-luxurious British brand Aston Martin has been plying its trade for over a century, producing some of the most sought-after premium cars on the planet. Fusing the latest technology with time-honoured craftsmanship and beautiful styling has resulted in many critically acclaimed luxury models.
This month, thanks to the team at Adamas Motors, Hadag received the opportunity to thoroughly inspect Aston Martin’s latest masterpiece, the 2023 DBX707.
As hard as it is to imagine, the extensive engineering upgrades applied to the DBX707 endow the 2023 model with an even more striking exterior design than its predecessor.
At the front end, our eyes were primarily drawn to the now larger satin chrome front grille featuring double vanes and split horizontal bars. This eye-catching design is complimented by the all-new daytime running lights, ensuring this range-topping model is instantly recognisable. Adding to the sporty prowess of the vehicle are new air intakes, brake cooling ducts and the improved front splitter profile.
From side-on, we appreciated how the powerful yet elegant lines of the DBX707’s clamshell bonnet effortlessly integrate into the vehicle’s flanks. Gloss black side sills feature a now deeper and more heavily sculptured profile, bestowing the luxury, soft-close, five-door SUV with a ground-hugging stance. Gloss Black Diamond Turned 22-inch alloy wheels are standard on this latest model.
At the backend, a new lip spoiler has been added to the roof wing that enhances the aesthetics and aerodynamics of the vehicle. The significantly enlarged twin rear diffuser now rises to meet the new large-diameter quad exhaust system.
Further accentuating the DBX707’s muscular build is the new rear bumper complete with integrated quarter panel vents.
As impressive as the exterior design of Aston Martin’s latest offering is, it was once we entered the vehicle that we began to truly appreciate the mastery of what the brand has managed to accomplish.
Welcomed by 16-way electronically adjustable, ventilated Sports seats complete with memory function and Aston Martin embroidered headrests, the interior of the DBX707 is nothing less than awe-inspiring.
Even with the sportscar-orientated cockpit design, the SUV provides a comfortable space with plenty of room. The refined and contemporary design of the dashboard and consoles fit the environment perfectly, with all controls expertly placed for optimal access.
Thanks to the panoramic sunroof, an abundance of light is always present throughout the cabin – an area that provides enough space for up to five occupants. The 22.3cu/ft of cargo room ensures this luxury SUV is also a practical choice for day-to-day use.
Despite inspecting the interior with a fine toothcomb, we failed to find a single element that has been less than masterfully designed. Only the finest high-end materials are used throughout, and the attention to every little detail is obvious. A plethora of first-class accessories has also been included as standard in this model.
INFOTAINMENT & TECHNOLOGY
It was no surprise that Aston Martin has equipped the new DBX707 with capable tech. The 12.3-inch TFT driver information display sits under the driver selectors in the dashboard and is coupled with a 10.25-inch TFT central infotainment display.
This convenient and user-friendly arrangement is controlled by a rotary entertainment system interface and touchpad, located in the centre console. We found the system to provide clear graphics along with super-fast access to the car’s various functions.
This setup offers mobile phone operating system connectivity via Apple CarPlay, along with Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity with audio streaming. Other must-mention features include a satellite navigation system (HDD), voice control, SiriusXM Satellite radio, wireless charging and an 800-watt Aston Martin Premium Audio System, complete with 14 speakers.
PERFORMANCE & SAFETY
As impossible as it is to fully describe the performance capabilities of the upgraded DBX707 in a couple of paragraphs, we will attempt to deliver the highlights.
Aston Martin’s latest creation houses a 4.0-litre V8 Twin Turbo engine that produces 697bhp at 4,500rpm and 900Nm of torque at 6,000rpm. This abundance of power is intensified by the ‘Race Start’ feature, available in both GT Sport and Sport+ modes, enabling the 707 to clock a 0-100km/h time of just 3.3 seconds and a top speed of 310mph. These statistics challenge those of the most capable sportscars available on the market today. Not too shabby for an SUV weighing in at almost two and a quarter tonnes.
Despite the summer heat, the growling sound emanating from the engine compelled us to travel for much of the day with the windows down, just to fully appreciate the raw power.
The almost unbelievable performance potential of this vehicle is made possible through the inclusion of various industry-leading elements. These include the nine-speed automatic gearbox with multi-plate wet clutch; the electric shift-by-wire control system; the cast aluminium suspension and subframe technology; along with an adaptive triple chamber air suspension, to name but a few.
The potency of this phenomenal powertrain is tamed by carbon ceramic brake disks with aluminium callipers and high-performance brake pads. These inclusions, combined with a full suite of leading-edge driver assistance and safety features, ensured we always felt safe and in complete control of this sublime driving experience.