2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera First Drive: What's In A Name?

Any car is a grand tourer if you try hard enough. But a true GT is a special thing, designed for sustained triple digit speeds in lavish comfort and with a look that causes other motorists to ask, “What the hell was that?” And the new 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera might just be the best of the breed.

Super-Light Stunner:

This shouldn't really surprise. Over the decades, Aston Martin has made its name as the preeminent GT manufacturer. But where its past cars succeeded as GTs, the DB11-based DBS Superleggera is a quantum leap in the art of grand touring. That it comes with one of the coolest badges from one of the coolest styling houses doesn't hurt, either.

While old Astons were sublime cars for covering continents, they never quite had the straight-line punch of a comparably priced Ferrari, Porsche, or Bentley. The last Vanquish only nudged up against 600 horsepower when the Ferrari F12 was sitting pretty at 730. The V8-powered Bentley Continental GT, meanwhile, easily outmuscled the 430-hp V8 Vantage S.

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera
2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera
2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera
2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

The DBS Superleggera is still down on power, but its output is north of 700 horsepower – at that point, 20 ponies here or 30 there don't really matter all that much. There's still more than enough speed here to scare your pants off, as we found out while testing on Germany's famous Autobahn.

Despite plenty of traffic – a given on the Autoba...