With a hybrid hypercar, a mid-engined supercar and a luxury SUV all waiting in the wings ready to alter our perceptions of what an Aston Martin is and what it can be, the arrival of the brilliant – and brilliantly traditional – DBS Superleggera could hardly have been better-timed.

This car is a big, powerful, elegant, front-engined, 12-cylinder, blood-and-thunder GT alike in concept to so many we’ve known and loved from Aston. But it’s also such a stunning one to behold, and so stellar to drive in its singularly enriching and enticing, occasion-cherishing long-distance mould, that it sets a new standard for its maker.

Matt Saunders Autocar

Matt Saunders

Road test editor
Effortlessly fast, intoxicating to drive: the big Aston is better than ever

While there is clearly room for Gaydon to absolutely perfect this car over the next couple of years, by better disguising the DB11-derived roots of its cabin, by fettling its gearbox and, dare we suggest, even by making it a bit more ‘leggera’ here and there, it can do that knowing that nothing of real import needs changing one jot. This is already an outstanding super-GT and represents a rejuvenated British car maker at its absolute best.

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