• These Photos Confirm Aston Martin Has a High-Performance DBX in the Works

In less than a year’s time, Aston Martin will have the production version of this high-performance DBX on the road

Back in August 2021 we learned that Aston Martin was planning a whole bunch of different DBX models, and I even went so far to suggest that a DBX coupe is inevitable. These new spy shots aren’t of that crazy model, but this is the DBX S – the high-performance DBX that you probably didn’t know you’d want. Our photographers caught it blazing around the Nürburgring in all its glory.

These Photos Confirm Aston Martin Has a High-Performance DBX in the Works Exterior High Resolution Spyshots
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This appears to be the same vehicle that was sported doing some basic tow testing a few months back. It’s wearing the same license plate and the same (very cool) fire-red camouflage. The front end features a new fascia with a larger air flow opening in the bottom, which now extends to where the fog lights are usually housed. The quad exhaust outlets are different from the current DBX’s dual outlets, so that’s our first hint that there’s something even bigger under the hood. But what could it be?

These Photos Confirm Aston Martin Has a High-Performance DBX in the Works Exterior High Resolution Spyshots
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The most prominent rumor is that Aston Martin will shoehorn the 5.2-liter V-12 from the Aston Martin DB11 under the hood. In its current configuration, it delivers 630 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, however, there could be something even more surprising. Another rumor suggests that Aston Martin will go with an AMG-sourced, twin-turbo V8 – the same one found in the regular DBX, but tuned to deliver closer to 700 horsepower. This would, at the very least, save weight from going with the V-12, so it would make a little bit of sense. That, of course, means Aston Martin has to squeeze out a significant power pump as the V-8 is currently only good for 542 horsepower.

These Photos Confirm Aston Martin Has a High-Performance DBX in the Works Exterior High Resolution Spyshots
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Looking further ahead, other upgrades will likely include a new or – at the very least – upgrade transmission, and there’s no doubt that Aston Martin will have to retune the suspension too. Don’t expect the interior to change much outside of some new badging and, potentially, some better or more exclusive materials. The DBX S isn’t scheduled to launch until sometime in 2022, so chances are we’ll be seeing some more spy shots before that happens.

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 full bio
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