Hot Aston Martin DBX S spied with V12 powerplant rumoured
Testing is underway for Aston Martin’s DBX S super-SUV, with V12 power possible
As our spy shots reveal, the design of the DBX S will be markedly more aggressive than the original DBX. A new, much larger grille takes centre stage at the front, which loses the horizontal slats of the standard car in favour of a black mesh.
The front bumper has been restyled around the new grille, with a single, deep air vent that spans the width of the front end, and rises either side of the main radiator grille. The enlarged vents have been designed to cool a more potent powerplant than before, which could either be a tuned version of the DBX’s 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged AMG V8, or the brand’s own 5.2-litre V12.
Reports from our spies suggest that the exhaust note of the DBX S matched that of Aston Martin’s V12-powered coupe’s, the DB11 and DBS Superleggera. If the DBX S is to go head-to-head with super SUVs like the 631bhp Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT and 626bhp Bentley Bentayga Speed, a V12 would provide the firepower to do so.
Aston Martin currently offers the AMG-derived V12 in various states of tune, from 600bhp in the DB11 to a thumping 715bhp in the DBS. Somewhere in between is the DB11 AMR, which is fitted with a 630bhp version - if the DBX S does indeed utilize a V12, this is the output we’d expect, to bring it squarely into line with its rivals.
However, the 542bhp 4.0-litre V8 of the standard DBX can also be stretched for more power, as demonstrated by the flat-plane crank unit fitted to the Mercedes AMG-GT Black Series, which produces 720bhp. Installing a more potent V8 into the DBX will be simpler, and cheaper, than packaging in a V12.
Aside from the new nose, this pre-production model is largely unchanged from the original DBX, save for a set of quad-tailpipes that replace the twin setup of the standard car. The rear ducktail and full-width light bar remain, along with the roof spoiler, which is designed to expel water from the rear window at speed.
Under the skin, the DBX S will use a revised adaptive air suspension setup with a more sporting calibration, for added handling sharpness. The new hardcore variant is set to form part of a staple of new DBX models, beginning with a six-cylinder mild-hybrid version before the end of this year and a plug-in hybrid in the wings too. The DBX S is expected to arrive in early 2022.