Aston Martin’s Faster DBX “S” Caught Testing With Big Grille, Quad Tailpipes

Aston Martin promised that the DBX range would start expanding in the third quarter of 2021 and we’ve spied the brand testing a variant or two already. This latest model, though, seems to be the high-performance variant.

Sporting a few choice mods to aid its breathing, the camouflaged test car has a big grille with more air inlets to boot and a much more aggressive front splitter. That suggests that the new model will need a lot of air to cool its engine.

Around the back, twin tailpipes at either side of the vehicle also suggest that Aston Martin is planning a throaty burble for the model.

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Just how much more power this high-performance DBX will make remains a mystery, but the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S, which shares its engine with the Aston Martin makes 603 hp (450 kW / 611 PS) and 627 lb-ft (850 Nm) of torque, so a meaningful increase is by no means impossible.

The Aston Martin DBX is propelled by a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 that produces 542 hp (405 kW / 550 PS) and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm) of torque, so it’s not like the engine is underpowered. Any extra horses Aston Martin can squeeze out of it, though, will likely help it get to 60 mph (0-96 km/h) in less than its current 4.3 seconds.

Could It Have The DB11’s V12 Engine?

Rumors have also suggested that a V12 version could be on its way. The brand’s 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12 has been seen in the likes of the DBS Superleggera, where it makes 715 hp (725 PS/533 kW) and 900 Nm (664 lb-ft) of torque

The DBX has already helped the company increase its sales by 200 percent in 2020, so it’s no surprise that Aston Martin would be looking for ways to entice even more buyers into grabbing one for themselves. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait a little longer to know exactly what’s going on here, but if Aston Martin’s investor presentation is anything to go on, we should start hearing about them soon.

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