Aston Martin says the new DBX707 is the world’s most powerful luxury SUV. With 697 horsepower from a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine, there’s no denying that the SUV has plenty of power for productive straight-line speeds. But the automaker has also highlighted suspension changes and brake upgrades that contribute to overall performance improvements.
To back it up, the DBX707 will look to Nürburgring glory in the form of a production SUV lap record. That is it possible will, according to Aston Martin CEO Tobias Moers. Speaking to reporters ahead of the SUV’s big reveal, Moers isn’t shy about ambitions to try and snatch the crown from current record holder Porsche.
“What do you think, 7:38.9? Should we go after him at the Nordschleife? Maybe we will, yes,” he said. “Pretty good for grip; we are not far from that record with the current standard tires.”
Of course, 7:38.9 refers to 7 minutes 38.9 seconds, a time set for June 2021 by the Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT at around a 12.9-mile lap. Moers also gave a nod to the Cayenne as the benchmark vehicle in the segment, which Aston Martin considered during development of the DBX707.
“For sure we’ve seen the Lamborghini Urus,” said Moers. “I drive the Urus. Porsche, in terms of driving dynamics, I think it’s really a benchmark.”
In addition to the upgraded V8, the DBX707 features a plethora of suspension adjustments and electronic improvements to further tame body roll. A new nine-speed wet clutch transmission reduces shift times; the electronic rear differential has a shorter final drive ratio for better acceleration, and large carbon-ceramic brakes help roll in the power. Aston Martin says the DBX707 can hit 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and hit a top speed of 193 mph.
That’s dead heat for the Cayenne Turbo GT at up to 60 mph, and a few clicks faster on the big end. If the DBX707 does approach 7:38 on standard Pirelli tires, it will be interesting to see what happens to the aggressive track-focused tires. And we may not have to wait long, as Moers hinted that a record attempt could happen this spring. That will coincide with the targeted sales date for the muscular SUV, which is currently slated for the second quarter of 2022.
If it works, it could be very a bit of timely PR to lure potential buyers who want a quick five-seater Aston Martin that has $232,000 in the bank.