Aston Martin’s prime engineer says coming DBX crossover will outperform Cayenne Turbo

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The upcoming Aston Martin DBX luxurious crossover seems like it’ll match proper in among the many automaker’s efficiency lineup of coupes and convertibles, and amongst high-dollar, high-performance SUVs hitting the highway from Porsche, Bentley, BMW, and Lamborghini.

Not solely as a result of the DBX seems like an Aston—its fire-breathing, rip-snorting, barking exhaust peppered the observe in England—but additionally as a result of Aston Martin Lagonda Chief Engineer Matt Becker advised us final week that it’s going to outperform many in its class, proper close to the highest with the Lamborghini Urus. 

“I feel the automotive maybe oddly that excites me probably the most for the time being is the DBX…I’m happy,” Becker stated.

Becker and Aston Martin paraded a DBX prototype on the 2019 Goodwood Pageant of Pace in England final week earlier than the car’s debut later this yr. The camouflaged prototype at Goodwood was close to full, Becker stated, apart from some physique panels that gained’t be included within the ultimate model.

Becker stated he’s not solely happy with how the DBX appears to be like, but additionally particularly for the way it sounds and performs amongst rivals. 

Pre-production Aston Martin DBX

Pre-production Aston Martin DBX

Pre-production Aston Martin DBX

Pre-production Aston Martin DBX

Pre-production Aston Martin DBX

Throughout improvement, Becker stated Aston engineers focused competing SUVs for a number of, completely different efficiency metrics.

“I imply we mainly we had half a dozen SUVs and there is in all probability three that we picked, for various classes. (The Porsche) Cayenne Turbo on the time was in all probability one of the best general. We had the Vary Rover Sport that was greatest for highway noise. We had (a BMW) X6M that was in all probability one of the best for dealing with efficiency. And then you definately mainly you decide all of the bits you do and don’t love from the completely different vehicles you benchmark and then you definately use among the data from these vehicles and enter it into your individual vehicles,” he stated.

Becker stated his DBX outperformed the Porsche Cayenne Turbo however fell in need of the Lamborghini Urus—however by design.

“An Urus is a Lamborghini—it is their DNA—in order that they wish to make it aggressive as a result of that is what Lamborghini must be. We’d like one thing that drives and enhances the way in which the DBX goes to look and that is what we’ll do. So, (the DBX is) extra aggressive than the Cayenne and fewer aggressive than an Urus,” he stated.

Becker stopped in need of specifying what powertrain would arrive within the DBX, though it’s more likely to provide one thing just like the Mercedes-AMG-sourced, twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-Eight discovered within the DB11 and different fashions made by Aston.

Becker stated that he and his workforce are working to make all Aston Martin fashions associated to one another, from the hypercar Valkyrie to the upcoming DBX crossover.

“It’s a must to have the engineering that follows by means of. As a result of really feel simply would not come by luck, it comes by what the instruments and elements you may have within the automotive beneath (are), how one can engineer these to present you that constant really feel from one to the opposite,” he stated.

Aston Martin will start manufacturing of the DBX subsequent yr at its new facility in Wales.