2023 Aston Martin DBX707 First Test Drive: Right Over the Top

Usually a quick blast from corner to corner on a well-kept road is enough to show you what the car can really do. That wasn’t the case in the Aston Martin DBX707, a car with plenty of power and still running out of space. It is very different from the standard Aston SUV I launched just two years ago – not only in power, but also in looks and style.

At the launch of the DBX707 in Sardinia, Aston’s new man at the helm, former AMG boss, Tobias Moores, was not hiding words when he spoke of his intention to move forward with Aston Martin: It would be more performance-biased, more agile and would almost certainly upset the manufacturer who chime in with “Smorsche” in a much more straightforward way. But the producer has to be ready to do it, and Moores isn’t the type to let a pup leave the factory gates.

Acceleration to 62 mph takes 3.3 seconds.

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The DBX707 looks, in all respects, larger than the standard DBX. The new Moers trend means a more purposeful look across the board, but because the DBX707 has a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that makes 697 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque, it also needs a massive mouthful to keep the engine cool. It hits 62 mph in 3.3 seconds, which is impressive for a nearly 5,000-pound SUV, and its 193 mph top speed makes it the fastest SUV in the world. The car’s antenna is set up to keep things neutral at ridiculous speeds, and an optional set of carbon-ceramic brakes ensures you lose some of that tremendous speed when you need it to.

In addition to the new exterior, Aston gets new sport seats to keep everyone in their place when the driver decides to give the DBX707 a shoe, as well as a redesigned center console. There aren’t many overwhelming buttons out there anymore; There’s a new wheel for the drive mode selection, a big button for turning on the manual mode and plenty of carbon fiber.

To put all those horses together in the DBX707, Aston put a new set of turbines in there, a new induction system and a new engine tune. Find yourself a quiet stretch of road and hit the gas. It takes a moment for the snails to roll before booming – you’ve checked yourself through three gears and approached (or exceeded) the speed limit. The Tesla Model X might be faster on paper, but the turbo torque paired with the gritty V8 noise and quick gearshifting feels delicious old world here. Cars like the DBX707 will soon be a thing of the past, and Aston Martin seems to be enjoying sending out internal combustion efforts with great fanfare.

This interior is a touch screen far from grandeur.

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In GT mode, the DBX707’s daily setup, the car does well enough. The exhaust pipes are quiet after the bark has come to life, the new nine-speed automatic transmission glides softly from gear to gear and the cabin is silenced. Light steering, smooth driving – everything is very quiet. The DBX is still a cracked-up family car. However, the moment you press it, a noise occurs. The ridiculousness of the V8 is loud.

Put it in Sport or Sport Plus and the whole “707” thing will start to make a lot of sense. On top of more performance and a grumpier look, the Aston DBX707 gives the DBX707 a stiffer front suspension, softer rear suspension, new dampers, a reinforced and recalibrated differential, a shorter carbon driveshaft and recalibrated steering. The result is a DBX that handles great. Its ride isn’t harsh, no matter how angry you ask the springs. You will not be penalized for wanting a fast car in this case. The steering provides plenty of feedback, which makes moving the DBX from corner to corner somewhat entertaining. Manual mode on the new transmission is a blast. Pull the paddle and it will grip the gears like a proper sports car, giving you more control than you might expect from a “family” SUV. The changing paddles are satisfying to use as well.

While you’re there, try to control the launch. Activating is deliberately easy: activate Sport or Sport Plus mode, stand on the brakes, step on the accelerator, wait for a dash to tell you to raise and release the brakes. It’s a great display of how super fast the DBX707 can be.

This definitely puts the “sport” into the SUV.

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The 2023 Aston Martin DBX707 is a capable, entertaining and comfortable car. One wide too. There’s plenty of room for people in the back, and enough luggage space for the family to go away for a week and not want anything. The only real irritation in the cabin is the lack of a touch screen. While it does all the phone mirroring, you may want to, as standard Apple CarPlay And Android Auto, you cannot interact with any of them by touch. For a car that starts at $239,086 (including $3,086 for delivery), that’s a ball dropped, especially since the wheel of choice for navigating the menus isn’t the easiest to beat your mind.

It’s clear that Aston Martin’s new direction is promising. The same familiar appearance and impressive performance that worried the Germans, yet the cars are not without ease of use. You can feel the Moers-specific AMG influence in the car, albeit not so much. The DBX707 borrows from the best of what Aston and Moores has to offer, which makes for something rather cool. This SUV feels like a throwback to the days when Aston made ridiculously powerful cars for the hell of it, only this time it has an idea of ​​what’s going to actually sell for it. The DBX707 feels like one last sweet, a celebration of internal combustion that isn’t without fireworks.

Editor’s note: Travel costs related to this story were covered by the manufacturer, which is common in the auto industry. Roadshow Team’s judgments and opinions are our own and we do not accept paid editorial content.