I THOUGHT the one factor Aston Martin’s first SUV wanted to enhance upon was being made Apple CarPlay appropriate.
Because that was, frankly, the ONLY factor lacking from the superlative DBX.
And whereas I used to be proper, Aston Martin have evidently additionally proved me unsuitable with the DBX707.
This barnstorming new model sees a slew of modifications to the rock-solid, four-wheel-driven, original DBX – and all of them are assured to depart you shaken and stirred.
Proudly made in Wales, this fire-breathing beast wants no QR code to show it has had its booster jab.
Forget the Lamborghini Urus. This is now the quickest and strongest luxurious SUV on the earth. Until BMW and Ferrari be a part of the social gathering, anyway.
The 707 in its identify will not be a dyslexic James Bond reference however the quantity of horses the radically revised 4-litre V8 can thump out.
That’s a surprising 157 greater than what’s now often known as the “base” DBX is. And, when you’re speaking torque, that too has duly shot up some 200Nm to an eye-watering, Top Trump-trumping 900Nm.
No one may presumably want this. But it’s so pure to need it.
And it’s as non-PC because it will get with not the slightest ecological concession or vegan nod in its carbon-based expulsion or its unapologetically real semi-aniline leather-loaded inside.
But, my phrase, it makes you unashamedly glad to each inhabit and deal with this 2.3-ton behemoth that’s as lithe as a viper but as vast, or wider, than a rhino.
If that’s not a feat of utter mechanical mastery then you definitely’re simply plainly denying your self the pleasures of an precise automotive work of artwork.
Let’s be sincere, the cancel tradition simply received’t stand for this sort of flagrant disobedience for for much longer – so drink up.
And whereas this would possibly sound a tad area of interest maybe within the grand scheme of issues, Aston Martin anticipates this primo providing to take greater than 60 per cent of DBX gross sales.
And the DBX is its hottest model to date with the usual £157k five-seater SUV having shifted some 3,000 final year.
But it’s not simply feverishly sizzling tempo the British boffins have added within the combine right here.
Its dealing with has been shamelessly skewed in the direction of the dynamic with no evident compromise on its road-going compliancy with marked suspension, downforce, anti-roll and steering mods having occurred.
The 707 additionally stops way more successfully, and appropriately, with a set of mahoosive carbon-ceramic brakes fitted on its 22in rims as normal.
Plus there’s a moist dream of a new nine-speed moist clutch autobox that additionally swaps these cogs extra effectively than ever to make you look legendary even when you’re sub-Bond in your driving expertise.
And the new “Race Start” launch management mode solely underlines the obscene energy supply additional nonetheless.
It seems to be completely different too.
The grille has grown and is complemented by sculpted aspect skirts, new air intakes, a not inconsiderable entrance splitter and one redesigned quadruple exhaust housing rear diffuser to rule all of them.
While it nonetheless makes use of the aged Mercedes-sourced infotainment system, it does lastly have Apple CarPlay, but nonetheless doesn’t have an precise touchscreen.
That wants fixing.
However, toggling by way of the various drive modes from all-terrain to GT and Sport+ (with a few in between) is now a shortcut through a extra intuitive rotary knob.
What Aston Martin has performed with what was merely distinctive within the first place is a factor to behold and, ecologically apart, be genuinely proud of.
You may say, as soon as extra, British is finest.
KEY FACTS: ASTON MARTIN DBX707
- Price: £190,000
- Engine: 4-litre V8 petrol
- Power: 707hp, 900Nm
- 0-60mph: 3.1 secs
- Top velocity: 193mph
- Economy: 19mpg
- C02: 323g/km
- Out: Now