Aston Martin Drops Vanquish Name, Revives DBS Superleggera with Teaser
The nameplate returns after six yearsby Ciprian Florea, on
Aston Martin is in the middle of an important reorganization process that involves brand-new models and technology, as well as finding ways to bring more profits to the company. Having already launched the new-generation Vantage and the DB11 as a replacement for the iconic DB9, the British firm still has a crossover to launch, but more importantly, it needs to update the Rapide and Vanquish models. While the Rapide might not get a successor, Aston Martin will continue to offer a flagship grand tourer, but the next-generation model will drop the Vanquish nameplate in favor of the DBS Superleggera. More specifically, Aston Martin is reviving the DBS, which replaced the Vanquish between 2007 and 2012, and it’s also reviving its collaboration with Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera of Milan, Italy.
The DBS name goes a long way back, having been used for the first time in 1967.
The DBS name goes a long way back, having been used for the first time in 1967. The first DBS was also a two-door grand tourer and replaced the iconic DB6. The nameplate disappeared in 1972 when the British firm rolled out the first-generation Vantage. The "DBS" badge remained dormant until 2007 when it was revived for the super GT that replaced the first-generation Vanquish. It was discontinued again after five years, replaced by the second-gen Vanquish. It’s six years later, and Aston Martin is doing the switch again.
But unlike its predecessors, the new DBS will also carry a "Superleggera" badge, as the grand tourer will pay homage to Carrozzeria Touring, the company that helped design the famous DB4, DB5, and DB6 models. Aston Martin says that a "Superleggera" badge will "once again adorn the bonnet of an Aston Martin," while the name also provides "a hint as to what can be expected of this upcoming model." Well, it will certainly benefit from lightweight construction, but it remains to be seen if it will be lighter than the outgoing Vanquish with all the technology that is used in modern cars nowadays.
Aston Martin also promises that the DBS Superleggera "will feature the highest levels of performance, craftsmanship, and design."
Aston Martin also promises that the DBS Superleggera "will feature the highest levels of performance, craftsmanship, and design." Far from surprising, as the DBS is simply forced to deliver the best performance out there as a replacement for the range-topping Vanquish. With the V-12 mounted in the DB11 rated at 600 horsepower, the new DBS will probably arrive with at least 650 horsepower on tap.
Further details will be revealed in the second quarter of 2018, so we should find out more by the end of June. A public debut could happen by the end of the year, most likely at the 2018 Paris Motor Show in October.
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