Aston Martin DBX S Reveals High-Performance Modifications

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But what's under the hood?

We know that two new Aston Martin DBX variants are in the works: a plug-in hybrid and a high-performance SUV. Each will appeal to different types of buyers. The currently on sale "standard" DBX isn't too shabby itself thanks to its AMG-sourced 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with 542 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. It's still unclear what the hybrid will get but the even more potent purely combustion-powered DBX has the potential for greatness. Why?

It could pack the DB11's 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12 that produces 630 hp. Sources hint an output closer to 700 hp is possible. And now, our spy photographers have snapped fresh images of the DBX S (the name is not yet official) out testing at the Nurburgring with far less camouflage than before.

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This time, it's wearing a thin Aston Martin wrap with "DBX" written all over it. What gives away its high-performance capabilities are a few design modifications. First off, the new but still covered front bumper is hiding redesigned and bigger air intakes. Out back you'll find additional exhaust pipes for a grand total of four.

The rest of the SUV looks mostly the same as the V8-powered model but we expect new wheel designs, larger tires, and improved braking will be part of the final package. The question is, what if Aston Martin opted not to use its V12 for SUV duty?

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The only alternative that makes sense is a tuned version of that AMG V8. Without a doubt, Aston Martin must deliver the performance goods here in order to lure away potential Lamborghini Urus buyers. That SUV will also be due for a refresh relatively soon. And let's not forget about the upcoming Ferrari Purosangue.

The DBX is currently a hot seller and the hybrid variant will definitely expand its appeal, but high-performance is not being ignored. A DBX S reveal date remains unknown though we predict it will happen sometime next year.

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