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Aston Martin DBS Superleggera at Aston Martin Chicago

Available for order and sale as a convertible Volante or a hardtop coupe, the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is one of the world's most exciting supercars. Best of all, it's on sale today at Aston Martin Chicago.

What's so special about the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera?

The Aston Martin DBS is a luxury sports car that technically seats four. But honestly, the rear seats are better suited to be the stash hole for a day's worth of shopping on the Magnificient Mile in Chicago. Heck, slip the doorman a Benjamin and he'll park it up front. It's one of those vehicles that will almost instantly attract a crowd.

The Aston Martin DBS is a Superleggera model, which stands for "Super Light" in Italian. It is a custom-built vehicle that comes from the A-M factory in Gaydon, Warwickshire, UK. But in reality, it isn't all that light. But it certainly is super. Powered by a hand-built 5.2-liter twin-turbocharged V12 engine, the DBS manages to produce 715 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm. It produces 663 lb-ft of torque @ 1,800 rpm and manages to hold all the way up to its top speed of 211 mph.

The V12 engine is a piece of working art, and like any example of fine art, it includes a signature from the artist, er, engine builder. The engine has been set back and laid as low as possible to provide as close to a 50:50 center of gravity as possible. The engine is mated to a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission and limited-slip differential, which sends its power to the DBS's rear wheels. The suspension is a driver-controlled sport-tuned adaptive suspension with a double-wishbone kit in front and a multi-link independent rear suspension which is just the way you want it for precise corner cutting whether you are on the racetrack or a curvy backroad.

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How does the DBS look?

Sophisticated and stylish. Fast and refined. Those are four adjectives that clearly describe the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera. Almost cat-like, its carbon-fiber body appears ready to pounce in a way that few other cars can. Form definitely follows function on the DBS: A large front grille draws in as much air as possible to cool the big V12 twin-turbocharged powerplant with hood vents to release any pressure build-up from underneath.

As a coupe, it features a sweptback roofline that appears to float in space. Large ducts cool the platter-like brake rotors that bring the Aston back to rest after a spirited romp. Trademark side vents carry on the tradition of Aston design, but they are functional and release air trapped inside. A sinuously sexy body that looks better than any car has a right to leads rearward to a subtle tail spoiler that helps to impart downforce over the rear wheels. The under-bumper diffuser kicks out the turbulence from underneath and helps in the same way a spoiler does. And in case you didn't notice, the Aston Martin DBS Superlegerra looks good even while standing stationary.

What about inside the Superleggera?

The inside of the DBS Superleggera does its best to surround you pleasantly, in form-fitting seats that hold you in place, especially when negotiating the tightest of curves in your neighborhood. Hit the pushbutton starter and the engine whirs to life as though it was using the small four-cylinder engine from an import to start the big V12. The sound is pure intoxication, depending on which drive mode it's in (GT, Sport and Sport+).

Leather-wrapped power-adjustable seats are standard, and the interior can be covered with Ash trim, carbon-fiber or satin chrome. The Aston's infotainment system is equipped with an 8-inch display screen which includes navigation controlled by a click wheel and touchpad on the center console. A pretty stellar nine-speaker audio system is standard, but buyers can step up to an available Bang & Olufsen unit instead.

From a safety standpoint, the Aston Martin DBS doesn't leave you hanging out there. In addition to airbags, front and rear parking sensors are standard, as is a 360-degree exterior camera system and electronic stability control.

Behind the wheel of the Superleggera

Push the starter and the engine roars to life. Seven hundred fifteen ponies can stir up quite a racket, especially through a pair of tuned tailpipes. Push the gear-selector buttons on the console to catch reverse gear and gently back up. Then hit D and we're off.

Sheer power comes through with a gentle stab of the accelerator. But gentle is a relative term here, and the pushback into the seats will feel as though you are space-bound on the tip of a rocket launching from Kennedy Space Center. Speed comes relentlessly on its way to 211 mph. The thing that surprises us is how quiet the cockpit of this high-performance GT cruiser is as it reaches its way toward terminal velocity.

Contact NASA because the only thing this Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is lacking is a spacesuit. It's on sale today at Aston Martin Chicago.

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