The 2020 Aston Martin DBX Will Have AMG-Sourced Power, But It’s More than We Expected
The DBX should have no problem going toe-to-toe with some of the segment’s established titansby Kirby Garlitos, on LISTEN 05:11
Add Aston Martin to the growing list of premium automakers that are set to embark on a journey to the land of crossovers and SUVs. The British automaker’s DBX crossover is scheduled to arrive in December, and now we know that it will carry a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine that produces an impressive 542 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Interestingly, this twin-turbo V-8 unit is the same AMG-sourced powertrain that you’ll see in the DB11 and Vantage. It is, however, been tuned to produce more power, a by-product of Aston Martin wanting to squeeze more power out of the engine for the DBX. This bit of information reveals a great deal about the DBX, specifically in how it stacks up against its rivals in the segment. With that much power at its disposal, it’s safe to say that the Aston Martin DBX won’t have a problem making a name for itself against models like the Porsche Cayenne Turbo, Maserati Levante, Lamborghini Urus, and Bentley Bentayga.
The Aston Martin DBX’s V-8 Engine
The time has finally come for Aston Martin to enter the crossover and SUV space. It didn’t come without a lot of hard work on the part of the automaker’s designers and engineers.
Developing the DBX — and the Lagonda SUV that’s scheduled to hit the market in 2022 — represents one of the biggest and most ambitious test programs Aston Martin has done in its history.
That says a lot for a company that’s been around for more than 100 years. It’s no secret, too, that Aston’s ambition came with the reality of entering a segment within the auto industry that it has never stepped foot on before. But none of that matters now because the DBX is ready to make its world debut in December, and it’s bringing with it an AMG-sourced V-8 engine that’s a lot more powerful than we expected.
To be fair, we’ve seen this V-8 engine before. It’s the same powertrain that you’ll see inside the Vantage sports car and the DB11 supercar. But instead of producing 503 horsepower and 497 pound-feet of torque like the output of the two performance coupes, Aston Martin tuned the twin-turbo V-8 engine to produce a tidy 542 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque for the DBX. Why the bump in power, you ask? At the end of the day, Aston’s decision to raise the power levels for the DBX likely boils down to competition, specifically from those who belong in the same premium crossover/SUV segment that the DBX will soon be a part of.
We can talk about design, functionality, cargo space, and interior amenities all we want, but power and performance remain two of the most important qualities of any premium crossover/SUV.
That’s the reason the current Porsche Cayenne Turbo features a similar 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine that produces 541 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque. It’s also the reason why Maserati felt compelled to launch the range-topping Levante Trofeo and tune its Ferrari-sourced 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine to produce 582 horsepower and 538 pound-feet of torque.
We can also mention models like the Lamborghini Urus, which is powered by another 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine, comes with 641 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. Granted, the Urus may be out of reach for the V-8-powered DBX crossover, but Aston Martin has a solution to that in the form of the twin-turbocharged V-12-powered DBX that will serve as the Aston’s flagship model in this space alongside a hybrid version. Both versions are expected to be released sometime in the next decade.
As far as the DBX V-8 is concerned, it’s not an accident that the Aston Martin crossover features a V-8 unit that produces roughly the same power figures as models like the Cayenne Turbo and the Levante Trofeo.
By and large, the premium crossover/SUV segment is a numbers game, and the numbers that all these automakers like to put front and center are horsepower and torque. The Aston Martin DBX won’t be lacking in that regard, and that makes for exciting news for fans of the British marquee, a lot of whom have been waiting with bated breath to see what kind of offering it has with the DBX.
No performance numbers have been announced, and there’s a good chance that we won’t know about these figures until the DBX finally debuts at the end of the year. Fortunately, Aston has claimed that the crossover can “repeatedly exceed 180 mph.” That bodes well for the crossover since most of its rivals have top speeds that fall within that range.
I’m not going to pretend that I’m not excited because I am. There’s a big part of me that wants to see the Aston Martin DBX succeed in a market that’s exploding with potential. It’s a good thing, then, that Aston Martin wants the same thing. The DBX is ready to roll, folks, and it’s rolling out with more power than most of us expected it would have.
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