WATCH | Aston Martin's new 520kW DBX707: You can now buy the world's most powerful SUV in SA

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With 520kW and 900Nm, Aston Martin's new DBX707 has dethroned the Lamborghini Urus as the world's most powerful production-built SUV. When the Urus was launched here in 2018, it was packing 478kW/850Nm, an alarming number for an SUV at the time. Now, refreshed since then, it's seen an increase of 484kW. When I got to drive the gorgeous beast in 2020, I said it was like commandeering the Hulk.

Aston Martin revealed the new DBX707 at its Cape Town showroom earlier in June. I was taken aback by this creation, a genuine masterpiece in a rather exquisite paint job known as Satin Lunar White. So magnificent, the price tag on the paint alone will set you back R200 000 for this option. 

This model is the only one in South Africa, straight from the UK head office, and it's being used as the automaker's global marketing vehicle for local customers to get a look up close and to customise their orders to their personal specification. It's the exact same model the cool guys at CarWow used in their test video. 

Naturally, with so much power, it comes with an expected cost. The base model for the DBX707 is a cool R5 million. A Urus will cost just over that, but it doesn't come packed with as many standard features as the Aston Martin, says its automaker. Aston Martin reckons once you add all the 707's standard equipment to the Urus, you'll be paying about R6.5-million - and that's before you even add all your customisation goodies. The model on show, along with all its optional extras such as the Satin paint and carbon fibre kits and 23" forged Satin Black Diamond Turned alloys, to name a few is only half a bar extra to the price says the automaker. 

Aston Martin DBX707
Order books for the Aston Martin DBX707is now open in South Africa.

In a world where electric vehicles are said to own 33% of all new vehicle sales by 2030, producing such a powerful petrol-driven car makes us cling on to the dreams of brute engine power.

The brand is building on its success with its DBX launched not that long ago. The 4.0-litre V8 engine is good for 410kW and 700Nm. About 12 models are driving around in Cape Town, with several more sold in Gauteng within the last year. Four orders were already placed for this powerful machine at the time of the reveal of the hot-new DBX707, and there'll be plenty more coming from Gauteng.

I was one of a select few to drive DBX707, albeit on a very short stint, but it was enough to tell how potent this car really is. You can literally feel the brute force of that V8 engine beneath your foot on the throttle. It's like riding a beast and holding it back at the reigns. Naturally, it was pouring in Cape Town that day, and I was too afraid to unleash the dragon within even to try and get anything more out of it. There was no need to be convinced. 

Aston Martin DBX707
Aston Martin DBX707

There's no gearstick, there are buttons on top of the dashboard and you simply select drive, reverse, park or neutral. While a quick flick of the dial in the centre console changes your drive modes. There's a nifty button in the boot to lower the air-ride suspension when you're loading heavier cargo, and another button to automatically flip down the rear seats for more room. 

The automaker says the new powertrain now features ball-bearing turbochargers and a bespoke engine calibration to liberate more power and torque. Also new to their flagship high-performance SUV is a 9-speed 'wet clutch' automatic transmission. This means the SUV can manage much-increased torque loadings compared with a regular torque converter automatic, allowing this high-performance transmission outputs to be lifted to an immense 520kW/900Nm, an increase of a whopping 115kW and 200Nm over the 'baby' DBX V8.  

Aston Martin DBX707
Order books for the Aston Martin DBX707is now open in South Africa.

Further benefits include much faster gear changes, and the feel of the shift is more immediate and direct, which gives the driver an increased sense of control and responsiveness and a dramatic character change from the DBX. Gear-shifting is seamless, and launch capability is improved, resulting in a zero to 100km sprint time of just 3.3 seconds. 

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