V12-powered Aston Martin DBX S rumoured for 2023 release

Aston Martin could be introducing a V12 to the DBX…

A flagship Aston Martin DBX S has been rumoured to adopt the firm’s V12 mill as a source of power. This rumour comes after a test unit sporting this engine was spotted doing the rounds at the Nurburgring.

According to Autocar, this unit also shows off unique air intakes and an exhaust note that is strikingly similar to the V12 DB11. It’s understood that this new flagship model would be just a small part of a notable expansion to the range given the success the badge has seen since it was released. Based on the styling changes noted on this car, it’s also believed that the model is due for a mid-life facelift.

Understood to be badged as the Aston Martin DBX S, the new offering could boast a more dynamic design, sporty suspension and upgraded brakes. There’s no word on what power it could deliver but for the sake of reference, the twin-turbopetrol 5,2-litre V12 mill found in the DB11 AMR currently offers 470 kW and 600 N.m.

While it was spotted testing with this engine, it’s noted that there is a possibility the Aston Martin DBX S will do without the 12-cylinder powerplant and opt for an uprated V8 instead.

As mentioned above, last month, a rumour suggested that the DBX range was due for a model expansion to capitalise on its high sales figures.

Starting off this Aston Martin DBX offensive this year will be a hybrid model that is likely to employ AMG’s twin-scroll turbocharged 3,0-litre straight-six engine with the EQ Boost motor. This will be followed-up by a high-performance model sometime next year that intends to take on the Lamborghini Urus.

“There is room for improvement in regards to performance because other competitors have a higher level of engine performance,” Moers says.

Despite it being a performance model however, Moers insists that it will not bear the brand’s AMR moniker. “In all honesty, we’re not going to use AMR as a brand because there is no need for a sub-brand because Aston Martin is a performance brand,” Moers says. “Aston Martin is supposed to be the performance brand when it comes to ultra luxury. That’s the mission and that’s the strategy.”

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Nikesh Kooverjee

Journalist for CAR Magazine since 2015. Doing my best to navigate the ever-changing landscape of the automotive sphere while keeping you up-to-date of any noteworthy stories.

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