2023 Aston Martin DBX 707

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An SUV that leaves you both Shaken and Stirred
With Porsche's success with its nimble Cayenne and Macan crossover SUVs and even Rolls-Royce getting into the act with its $350K Cullinan, the stage was set for a famous British luxury sports car brand to pump up a family-friendly version of its iconic spymobile. Think of the Aston Martin DBX as the car James Bond drives on his weekends at home with the fam. Unlike the race-ready Vantage grand touring car, the DBX actually has a usable back seat and 22.5 cubic feet of cargo space, 54 cu. ft. with the rear seats stowed.

Luxurious, Powerful & Lush

Aston Martin calls it the world's most powerful luxury SUV and they could be right. With its twin-turbo V8, the sultry SUV will take you from zero to 60 miles per hour in 4.3 seconds. Not fast enough for you? Perhaps you'd prefer the all-new 2023 DBX 707 variant with performance upgrades that will handle the same task in an epic 3.1 seconds. Yes. It's an SUV that can blast you from zero to 60 mph in just 3 seconds and change. Zero to 100 mph happens in 7.4 seconds. It stops just as quickly thanks to standard carbon-ceramic brakes.
This is a car that is as luxurious inside as its sports car brothers but wearing an SUV tuxedo. The DBX debuted in 2020 and now adds the faster, more powerful 707 to the stable. The twin-turbo V8 produces 697 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque married to a nine-speed automatic transmission with a wet-clutch pack.
Inside the lush cabin, the DBX 707 features an updated center console with a rotary gear selector and drive-mode buttons. You can personalize your spy speeder thanks to Aston Martin's Q Customization Service. Yes, James Bond's Quartermaster is on hand to make sure your DBX is uniquely your own. This online configuration feature displays various appearance packages including sexy wheel options and interior specs with things like leather and suede Sport Plus seats. The throaty Sport Exhaust is a nice option.

Under the Bonnet

The standard DBX comes with a 4-liter V8 with twin-turbochargers put together by Mercedes-Benz AMG. It produces 542 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque and is paired with Mercedes' nine-speed tranny. The 707 version features a revised version of the AMG motor that bumps up the power to 697 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque. The transmission utilizes a wet-clutch pack rather than the standard torque converter. A center transfer case sends torque where it is needed and a limited-slip rear differential allows you to tow up to 5,940 pounds. Your choice of six drive modes includes GT, Sport, Sport+, Individual, Terrain, and Terrain+ taking you from plush and comfy to extremely responsive and agile. The EPA rates the Aston at 14 miles per gallon in the city and 18 mpg on the highway. Not exactly what you'd call a very fuel-efficient vehicle for family hauling, but then, when did James Bond care what he pays at the pump?

Inside the Cabin

Though it is a crossover SUV, the DBX 707 shares some of the look and feel of its grand touring heritage. You'll find high end stitched leather and soft-touch panels. The headliner is super soft microsuede. You can customize the interior ambient lighting to your taste, enjoy heated front seats, and fiddle with the three-zone climate control.

A large 10.2-inch infotainment screen is controlled through buttons on the steering wheel (no touchscreen is available). You'll find GPS navigation, Apple CarPlay, and controls for the 14-speaker stereo. Driver assist features include front and rear parking sensors, 360-degree cameras, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, forward collision warning, and blind-sport monitoring. Several USB ports and a 12-volt charging outlet are at your fingertips to keep you connected and charged.
Options include ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and more refined interior materials. For the first time in an Aston Martin, there is plenty of room in the back seat. Even headroom for six-footers. Cargo volume goes from 22 cubic feet in the back, up to 54 cubic feet with the rear seats stowed away.

DBX 707 Details

Changes to the 707 version of Aston's SUV include a different front grille that is 27 percent larger than the standard DBX as well as additional air intakes. This allows for better airflow to cool the mightier engine. You'll also find an added carbon fiber front splitter, revised skirting, air deflectors in front of the wheels, an extended rear diffuser, and longer rear spoiler. Mirrors are available in carbon fiber or black to match the hood vents and roof rails.
The 707 has different turbochargers than the standard model. The induction and exhaust systems have been redesigned and the engine control unit has been reprogrammed for more oomph! All this and more is provided for under the steady hand of Ralph Illenberger of Mercedes AMG to tweak the most horsepower out of the 4-liter V8. The 707 even comes with a Race Start launch-control. Not only is this SUV blisteringly fast, but it has a top speed of 193 miles per hour. It is without a doubt the fastest gas-powered SUV you will ever drive. After all, it has shift paddles for heaven's sake, and its an Aston Martin!

Wrap it up
For those with the dineros to purchase a DBX 707, you'll find that wearing this car is much like slipping into a pair of fine Italian loafers. Everything fits perfectly. While the standard DBX is plenty quick, the high performance 707 variant rockets you into the stratosphere with mind-bending speed. It is sure-footed and agile and is one of the best-looking SUVs anywhere. Aston Martin predicts that the 707 will be more popular for well-heeled consumers though it costs $50K more than the standard model. And that's a lot considering that the base model DBX has a starting MSRP of $188,986 and the 707 will set you back $239,086. Machine guns and ejector seat not included.