Aston Martin’s V8 Heading Into First SUV

Aston Martin is setting its sights on the performance end of the SUV market by dropping its 547bhp V8 motor into its forthcoming muscle mud-plugger.

The car, dubbed the DBX, will have the automaker’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 lifted from existing Vantage and DB11 sportscars but with even more horsepower and a whopping 516ft-lbs of torque. To prove its prowess, high speed testing claims that the DBX has repeatedly broken the 180mph barrier.

The automaker says the prototype has been extensively tested at high speed venues including the brand’s two key engineering centers at Silverstone in the UK and Germany’s Nürburgring- Nordschleife where it claims to have regularly dipped below the 8-minute lap time. The automaker also claims the car enjoys cornering speeds on par with the brand’s most focussed sportscar Vantage, while achieving braking figures greater than the marque’s Super GT, DBS Superleggera.

Matt Becker, Aston Martin’s chief engineer, said: “We have concentrated our work to ensure that the calibration and tune of this 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 delivers both the everyday usability and refinement expected by SUV owners. However, we have also focused heavily on matching that with the engaging driving dynamics that are commanded by our brand and inherent in every Aston Martin and early indications of the car’s overall performance have been incredibly promising. The next few months will be extremely important to us, as we continue to hone the powertrain credentials and a dynamic setup that will help make this the most exciting SUV on the market.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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