Status obliges: DBX will receive a V12 engine

Status obliges: DBX will receive a V12 engine


There are no official announcements from Aston Martin on when we may see any new DBX variants, but they will definitely appear.

The UK brand’s first SUV, the 2022 Aston Martin DBX, may finally get some new engine options. Since the DBX was launched in 2020, Aston Martin has offered the US DBX with only one engine, a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 from Mercedes-AMG. It produces 542 horsepower and 700 Nm of torque, which is quite powerful, but not the best in its class.

Last month, spy shots from the Nurburgring showed the British automaker is working on a new hybrid powertrain for the DBX. It is currently unclear which engine the DBX hybrid will use. Aston Martin could downsize the AMG’s 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six, or perhaps adopt the 843bhp PHEV system. from the new GT 63 SE Performance. Recent spy shots from Green Hell suggest there may be a third, more powerful version of DBX in development.

We previously saw a white DBX test mule with hybrid decals, but recently we spotted a black prototype with some clear differences. Unlike the hybrid, which looked mostly like a production DBX, this latest test mule has a much larger grille, different air intakes, and more camouflage to hide the changes. Obviously, in this case, Aston Martin is testing a more powerful DBX. This car sounded louder than the existing DBX. Perhaps this DBX will be equipped with a V12 engine and will be called DBX S.

Aston Martin currently offers its 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12 engine in the DB11, DBS and Limited V12 Speedster. This engine is tuned to produce 630 hp. for DB11, 690 hp – for V12 Speedster and 711 hp – for DBS. Presumably the V12 DBX will be closer to 630bhp. This will be a significant leap in power and will make the DBX more competitive over high-performance SUVs like the Lamborghini Urus.

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