Despite weighing just over 4,000 pounds, there’s still too much torque for lower gears.

The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera can be called a number of things, but one thing it will never be called is slow. This has never been more evident than in the latest video released by The Smoking Tire. However, we’ve learned something else, and that is that Aston Martin was forced to limit torque output until the car moves into fourth gear. Seems strange for a car that weighs a little over 4,000 pounds and pumps out 663 pound-feet of torque, right?

Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Video Review

IS Torque Really Limited in the DBS Superleggera?

Aston Martin Limits Torque Output on the 2019 DBS Superleggera Exterior
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To be quite honest, Aston Martin hasn’t come right out to say it, but that appears to be the case. Under the hood of the Superleggera sits a monster of a V-12 (5.2-liters) that delivers 715 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque. As you may or may not know, torque is responsible for the grunt actually thrown at the ground. With more torque, comes more ability to burn off those expensive tires.

When Motor Trend weighed the DBS Superleggera, it tipped the scales at just over 4,000 pounds (1,814 kg) – a figure that’s quite surprising for a car that bears a name that translates to “super light.” This weight is apparently easy to feel when you shuffle through corners, but it sure doesn’t hurt performance as the Superleggera can sprint to 62 mph (100 kph) in 3.4 seconds, 100 mph (160 kph) in 6.4 seconds, and will top out at 211 mph (311 kph) if you have the courage to push it for that long.

Aston Martin Limits Torque Output on the 2019 DBS Superleggera Exterior
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Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Drivetrain Specifications
Engine All-alloy quad overhead cam, 48-valve 5.2-litre bi-turbo, V12 with stop/start cylinder deactivation
Cooling Water-to-air Charge
Drive Front mid-mounted engine, rear-wheel drive
Compression ratio 9.3:1
Maximum power 715 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Maximum torque 663 LB-FT @ 1,800-5,000 RPM
Acceleration 0-62mph (0-100km/h) 3.4 seconds
Maximum speed 211mph
Transmission Rear mid-mounted ZF eight-speed automatic

Given the fact that the engine is able to push the car that hard and that fast, despite weighing more than 4,000 pounds, it seems reasonable that torque needs to be limited, at least to some extent. After all, in most cases, you want to move when you hit the gas, not create an expensive smoke show.

Robert Moore
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Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read More
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