It hasn’t even been formally introduced yet – that’s not supposed to happen until December – but the Aston Martin DBX is still undergoing some pretty intensive evaluations. The iconic British producer’s first SUV is getting a pre-production wringing out at Aston Martin’s two engineering centers, at the historic motorsports venues of Silverstone in England and at the Nurburgring in Germany. And believe us, this thing is making some very big noise.
Behind that unforgettable grille opening is the main weaponry of the DBX, a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 produces the equivalent of 542hp in street trim, which, incredibly, is higher output than either the Aston Martin Vantage or DB11 sport GTs can manage. The DBX has already bested 180 MPH in testing, boasts a shorter braking distance than the DBS Superleggera GT, and has lapped the fabled Nordschleife circuit at the Nurburgring in less than eight minutes flat. So this is very serious stuff, just the ticket for taking the typical Porsche Cayenne down a notch or two. No MSRP has yet been announced.