August 06, 2022 By Kevin C. Limjoco Photos by Isabel N. Delos Reyes

2022 Aston Martin DBX

Elevated Abilities from Saint Athan

We adapt and evolve for every possible reason, so it should not be surprising that automotive manufacturers will do the same accordingly. What is vital to brands of legend and pedigree is consistency with core values, and that is what defines these brands. The all-new Aston Martin DBX mid-size luxury super sport crossover is the first vehicle produced at Aston Martin’s new facility in St. Athan, South Wales and it was designed by Marek Reichman, the Chief Creative Officer responsible for the One-77, the DBS, the Rapide, the 2nd generation Vanquish, the DB10 for the James Bond film Spectre, the DB-11, the Vulcan, and the Vantage. Basically, all the current modern Aston Martin greatest hits!

The DBX, with its swan-hinged doors and massive front grille, looks very alluring in pictures and exciting as you see it on almost every race last season and in the current 2022 season of Formula 1 as the official Medical Car, which, along with the Aston Martin Vantage, is a member of the F1 safety fleet. In the flesh however, the emotions the DBX makes us feel is exponentially more intoxicating. There are more purposeful and seductive design lines that are seen and felt that cannot be fully articulated without gushing. It is a distinct and organic mechanical masterpiece that sets a whole new standard of design and functionality.

The hubris of such a substantial vehicle is self-assured. The DBX is not a fragile and eccentric supercar on heels. It is a genuine super performance mid-size crossover with Mariana Trench-like deep abilities that thankfully is mostly handled by the intelligent DBX itself so less experienced drivers will adapt without being too overwhelmed. Even if you do feel like a superhero behind the steering wheel, the DBX is still a tall and heavy vehicle that will not overcome physics, so be very careful. The performance is very seductive and reassuring but you must be vigilant not to drive beyond your capabilities. You must respect the DBX as you would any super and hyper car. There is an even more potent 707 variant but honestly, this balanced Hyper Red test unit already has one of the longest lists of standard equipment in any luxury vehicle and has more capability that you can realistically use on Philippine public roads. The DBX is actually the most appropriate and most usable Aston Martin model for our country. You will end up reaching every destination a bit quicker, with more comfort, more passengers and more luggage (including golf bags) than you would in any other premium sportscar.

 

The DBX is built on its own dedicated platform (with bonded aluminum panels, spaceframe, and extrusions) despite being closely related to the Vantage. To manage the all-wheel-drive system and the potent power, there is an abundance of further aluminum reinforcements throughout the crossover. The powertrain (engine, transmission, and electronic architecture) and infotainment technology are sourced from Mercedes-Benz but are bespoke to Aston Martin. Unlike other Astons, the DBX uses a 9-speed automatic gearbox; however, despite the optimal spread of power with more ratios, fuel economy is explicably on the thirsty side. All that weight, traction, wind turbulence, and power must have its consequences aside from the acquisition cost itself.

It uses a 48-volt electric active roll system that counteracts body roll, and the DBX comes with five driving modes: a default GT, Sport, Sport Plus, Terrain and Terrain Plus with an additional Access mode. The rear wheels are driven primarily while an active center transfer case directs torque to the front axle when required. The all-wheel-drive system sends up to 47% of the vehicle’s torque forward, and can channel close to 100% to the rear axle, all seamlessly and effortlessly. It also has an electronic limited slip rear differential. The trick suspension system uses adaptive dampers and triple-chamber air springs that create an exceptional range of height adjustment to suit almost any realistic situation. The DBX can even water wade at 500 mm and can tow up to 5940 pounds.

The DBX is so good that I would even recommend negotiating with Aston Martin Philippines to offer our market the more modest yet still hugely capable turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 engine (429 bhp / 384 lb-ft), currently only available in China, to save a bit of cash and gain better fuel economy. But if you can afford it, the lustful and great-sounding twin-turbo V8 is simply glorious.

Even when you are going about your regular routines, the DBX rewards its occupants with a truly fabulous interior with impressive packaging. Our test unit was fully specced out though buyers can fine-tune their purchase with a very extensive number of personalization options through the Q customization service. Our test unit came with the standard signature push button transmission central control switchgear, exquisite thick stitched and perforated caramel leather, panoramic moonroof, abundant soft-touch surfaces, microsuede headliner, 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, customizable ambient lighting, three-zone climate control, ventilated and heated front and rear seats, a sensational 800-watt Harman/Samsung audio with 14 speakers managed by a 10.25-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay integration, built-in navigation, several USB and 12-volt charging outlets, front and rear parking sensors with 360-degree camera system, and more!

The 2022 Aston Martin DBX harnesses most of the agility, braking and speed of its lower flying siblings in a unique environment that you can share with 4 passengers and be able to travel throughout our archipelago in luxury and presence. For its price, it is only appropriate.

Specification – 2022 Aston Martin DBX

Engine: 90° V8

Location: Front, Longitudinal, Mid-mounted

Displacement: 3982 cc

Cylinder block: Cast Aluminum

Cylinder head: Cast Aluminum with Zirconium alloy, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, Variable Valve Timing

Fuel Injection: Direct Injection Air-Water Intercooled Twin-Turbo, Cylinder Deactivation, ECO stop/start and automatic alternator regenerative charge cycle management.

Max power: 542 bhp @ 6500 rpm

Max torque: 516 lb-ft @ 2000-5000 rpm

Transmission: 9-Speed Automatic with Manual Mode, Steering wheel paddleshifts, electronically controlled active all-wheel drive system. Carbon fiber primary rear driveshaft. Engine mounted front differential with equal length front drive shafts. Electronic rear limited-slip differential. Six adaptive drive modes (4 on-road, 2 off-road).

Front suspension: Independent Forged / Hollow cast Double Wishbone split link with hydrobushing and integrated hub bearings.

Rear suspension: Independent Extruded and Hollow form cast Multilink. Adaptive triple chamber air suspension with quad spring rates, Variable ride height (raised by up to 45 mm or lowered by 50 mm) with auto speed lowering and access mode Variable rate ‘Damptronic® Sky’ adaptive damping with independent adjustment capability for compression and rebound 1,400 Nm 48v electronic active anti-roll control system (48-volt eARC) with active 48v regenerative charging and drive mode controlled off-road “zero load” cross linking.

Fuel Capacity: 85 liters (22.5 gallons)

Ground Clearance: 190 mm (235 mm when raised)

Load Capacity: 638 liters (491 liters under load shelf), and up to 1529 liters with the rear 40/20/40 split-folding second-row seats folded.

L x W x H: 5039 mm x 1998 mm x 1680 mm

Wheelbase: 3060 mm

Wading Depth: 500 mm

Approach Angle: 25.7 degrees (Normal GT Mode: 22.2 degrees)

Departure Angle: 27.1 degrees (Normal GT Mode: 24.3 degrees)

Ramp-over angle: 18.8 degrees (Normal GT Mode: 15.1 degrees)

Brakes: Front 16.1-inch (410 mm) 2-piece semi floating ventilated & grooved discs with 6-piston Brembo calipers / Rear 15.4-inch (390 mm) 2-piece semi floating vented & grooved discs with wide 1-piston calipers, ABS, Intelligent wet brake control, Dynamic Torque Vectoring (DTV), Electric Parking Brake (EPB), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Hill Descent Control (HDC), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Roll-over Stability Control (RSC), Traction Control (TC), Trailer Stability Control (TSC), Active Drive Assistance (ADAS) Suite.

Wheels: 22”x 10J Front and 22” x 11.5J Rear Complex Two-Tone Flow Forged Multi-Spoke Alloys

Tires: Front: 285/40R22 110Y Rear: 325/35R22 114Y Pirelli P Zero PZ4 PNCS A8A

Weight: (kerb) 2245 kg. (4939 lbs.)

0-100 km/h (0-62 mph): 4.4 seconds

Top Speed (mph): 292 km/h (183 mph)

Fuel Mileage: 14 mpg City / 18 mpg Highway (12.4L/100 kms. Overall)

Price as tested: PhP 26,500,000.00 (Entry-level model PhP 24,500,000.00)

C! RATING 10/10

+An elegant and devastatingly desirable all-weather / all-terrain supreme-performance Aston Martin for 5 on stilts. It does it all and more.

We have to work even harder to achieve one. The DBX 707 is the 697 bhp / 663 lb-ft version that accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 3.2 seconds with a top speed of 310 km/h, the current best performing full production premium SUV on the planet!

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