2023 Aston Martin DBX707 First Drive Review: Correct over the top

Usually, a quick bump from corner to corner down a popular road is enough to show you what a car really can do. This is not the case with the Aston Martin DBX707, a car with so much power that you keep running out of space. It’s a good chunk up from the standard SUV Aston, which was launched just a few years earlier – not only in power but also in feel and style.

At the launch of the DBX707 in Sardinia, Aston’s new man at the top, former AMG boss Tobias Moers, did not cut the words when he talked about his intention with Aston Martin in the future: It will be more performance-oriented, slimmer and almost certainly more annoying a producer who rhymes with “Smorsche” in a far more meaningful way. But the product has to be up to snuff to do that, and Moers is not the type of guy who lets a puppy leave the factory gates.

Acceleration to 62 mph takes 3.3 seconds.

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The DBX707 looks bigger than the standard DBX in every way. Moers’ new direction means more targeted looks across the board, but because the DBX707 packs a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 that kicks out 697 horsepower and 664 pounds-feet of torque, it also needs a massive mouth to hold the engine cold. 62 mph arrives in 3.3 seconds, which is impressive for an SUV of almost 5,000 pounds, and its top speed of 193 mph makes it the fastest SUV in the world. The car’s aero is set up to keep things neutral at silly speeds, and an optional set of carbon-ceramic brakes ensures you can lose some of the tremendous speed when you need it.

In addition to a new look outside, Aston gets new sports seats to keep everyone in place when the driver decides to give the DBX707 a shoe, as well as a redesigned center console. There are not quite as many overwhelming buttons in there anymore; there is a new drive mode selector wheel, a large button for manual operation and lots of carbon fiber.

To squeeze all the horses into the DBX707, Aston put a set of new turbos in there, a new induction system and a new engine tune. Find yourself a quiet stretch of road and press the gas. It takes a moment for the augers to wind before boom – you have slung yourself through three gears and are approaching (or passing) the speed limit. A Tesla Model X may be faster on paper, but the turbo torque paired with a gravel V8 noise and a quick gear shift feels deliciously old-fashioned here. Cars like the DBX707 will soon be a thing of the past, and Aston Martin seems to be enjoying sending its combustion efforts off with a fanfare.

This interior is a touch screen away from grandeur.

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In GT mode, DBX707’s daily setting, the car is sufficiently well-behaved. The exhaust pipes are quiet after barking to life, the new 9-speed automatic transmission slides quietly from gear to gear, and the cab is damped. Easy steering, smooth driving – everything is pretty calm. The DBX is still a popping family car. And yet, the moment you press it, noise occurs. Loud, murky V8 folly.

Throw it into Sport or Sport Plus, and the whole “707” thing starts to make a lot of sense. In addition to more performance and more twisted looks, the Aston DBX707 provides a stiffer front suspension, a softer rear suspension, new dampers, reinforced and recalibrated differentials, a shorter carbon drive shaft and readjusted steering. The result is a DBX that handles wonderfully. Its turn is not tough no matter how angry you ask the sources to be. You will not be penalized for wanting a fast car in this case. The steering provides plenty of feedback, making it quite entertaining to flick the DBX from corner to corner. The manual mode on the new transmission is a bang; pull the paddle and it sticks to gear like a proper sports car, giving you more control than you might expect from a “family” SUV. The shift paddles are also satisfactory to use.

While you are there, try start control. It is deliberately easy to activate: Activate Sport or Sport Plus mode, stand on the brake, stand on the gas, wait for the dashboard to tell you to lift the brake and shoot it. It’s an ingenious showcase for how windy, yet remarkably simple, the DBX707 can be.

This definitely puts the “sport” in the sport utility vehicle.

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2023 The Aston Martin DBX707 is a skilled, entertaining, comfortable car. Also a spacious. There is plenty of room for people in the back, and enough luggage space for a family to leave for a week and not want anything. The only real annoyance in the cabin is the lack of a touch screen. While it performs all the phone mirroring you could possibly want, by default Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you can not interact with any of it by touch. For a car that starts at $ 239,086 (including $ 3,086 for delivery), it’s a lost ball, especially since the dial to navigate menus is not the easiest to get your head around.

It’s clear that Aston Martin’s new direction is promising. The same familiar look, dizzying performance to worry the Germans, but the cars are not without usability. One can feel Moers’ AMG impact in the car, albeit not to an overwhelming degree. The DBX707 borrows from the best that Aston and Moers have to offer, which makes for something quite wonderful. This SUV feels a bit like a look back to the days when Aston made ridiculously powerful cars for hell, but this time it has an idea of ​​what will actually sell. The DBX707 feels like one last hurray, a celebration of internal combustion that does not spare the fireworks.

Editor’s note: Travel costs related to this history were covered by the manufacturer, which is common in the automotive industry. The judgment and opinions of Roadshow staff are ours and we do not accept paid editorial content.

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