Aston Martin is doubling down on its teaser efforts as aside from previewing the new (and final) V12 Vantage, it’s also giving us an early look at a hotter DBX. Set to be "the world"s most powerful luxury SUV," the third iteration of Gaydon’s high-riding model will break cover on February 1. It will follow the initial V8 version sold globally and the recently introduced inline-six, mild-hybrid powertrain available only in China.
While the existing flavors of the posh SUV source their engines from AMG, multiple reports state the upcoming DBX will get Aston Martin's own twin-turbo V12. Prototypes were spotted undergoing testing last year and sounded awfully similar to the DB11 and DBS equipped with the twelve-cylinder powerhouse. It is believed the model in question will gain the "S" suffix, but nothing is official at this point.
Gallery: Aston Martin DBX S Nurburgring Spy Shots
The DBX S could usher in a mid-cycle update for the Wales-built SUV and will come along with a healthy power boost over the V8’s 542 bhp. In the DB11 AMR, the driver has the opportunity to unlock 630 bhp, but it’s unclear whether there are plans to give the spicy derivative the same amount of power. If Aston Martin wants to fight the Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT and its 631 horses, it could happen.
The same goes for the 626-bhp Bentley Bentayga Speed, the 617-bhp BMW X5 M Competition / X6 M Competition, 612-bhp Alpina XB7, the 603-bhp Mercedes-AMG GLE / GLS 63 S, and the 600-bhp Rolls-Royce Cullinan. Other beefy high-end SUVs include the 591-bhp Audi RS Q8, 590-bhp Maserati Levante Trofeo, 577-bhp Mercedes-AMG G63, and the 575-bhp Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR.
The teaser clearly says it’ll be the most potent model in the luxury SUV class. Does that mean it will top not only the 631-bhp Cayenne Turbo GT but also the 641-bhp Lamborghini Urus? Time will tell, but we are not expecting the DBX S to dethrone the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat with its colossal 710 bhp. It's also unlikely to outpunch the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk with its 707 bhp as the two American models are not luxury SUVs.
If the DBX S won't go down the V12 route, AMG's twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 is good for 630 bhp in the GT 63 S Four-Door Coupe.