Aston Martin DBX 707 Review: A Thug in a Three-Piece Suit
I have a confession to make – The DBX 707 is my new favourite Aston Martin. While that might seem alarming to some, the simple fact is that the marquee’s latest effort elegantly captures the essence of the perfect GT, surprisingly more effectively than its siblings. Since its inception, the DBX has been a saviour for the brand and expectedly, its sales have given Aston Martin a new lease of life, not to mention access to new markets. The new DBX 707 is the next step and it could very well put Aston on top of the performance SUV game.
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It hasn’t been easy since the luxury SUV sector is already infested with talented contenders like the Lamborghini Urus to the Bentley Bentayga along with the Rolls-Royce Cullinan at the extreme end. With the DBX 707, Aston Martin has simply played to its strengths and made it an instrument of driving pleasure- one that also happens to be an SUV. The last bit is crucial since the standard DBX is already a fast motor car with the usual Aston personality traits but the 707 uncorks its wild side a bit more. In other words, it is a harder, faster and a more involved iteration of the standard DBX.
For starters, it looks more purposeful along with a grille big enough to swallow a hatchback for lunch while the bumper design has been sharpened further. It’s all black accents and a racier look along with more aerodynamics at work here. The 23-inch wheels with carbon ceramic brakes are available while an absurdly large diffuser sticks out at the rear like it’s some track-based hypercar. Clad in a sober colour, the DBX 707 portrays a thug wearing a three-piece suit.
Inside, it’s a button fest with the carbon fibre centre console being festooned with additional buttons for the drive modes. The sportier look fits the DBX 707 more while lightweight sport seats are provided as well. Amongst all this, the DBX at heart remains a practical SUV with loads of room at the back.
The 4-litre twin-turbo is one of AMG’s finest and in the DBX 707, it’s been honed and fettled with an eye on ramping up the horsepower count. Hence, the 707 in the name is not some cheesy James Bond reference but the horsepower count. Along with 900Nm of torque, the DBX 707 leaps forward with alarming ferocity as the tyres scrabble to catch up with the immense mass of the car.
The extra 157 horses over the regular DBX cuts down the 0-100 km/h time to a scarcely believable 3.3 seconds and part of the credit should also be given to the new wet clutch gearbox which brings snappier shifts along with reducing lag. The whole car just shrinks around you as this sonorous V8 motor goes about its business with a deeper bellow which eggs you on to push harder.
However, it isn’t just in straight-line histrionics that the DBX 707 excels, as the handling is razor sharp with a revised steering set-up along with bigger carbon ceramic brakes providing immense stopping power. In hindsight, the DBX 707 feels like mutant supercar and revels in its boisterous nature with a more extrovert personality over the ‘standard’ DBX. The laugh-out-loud acceleration mixed with its sharper dynamics makes the DBX 707 one of the best examples of this genre-bending segment of cars. The performance SUV is an oxymoron but the DBX 707 does justify the tag ‘supercar of SUVS’. All this comes at a hefty price though as the DBX 707 costs $428,400 but in our view, the extra money spent over the regular DBX is well worth it.