What with Bond’s appetite for the marque on the increase (there will be no less than four appearing at the 25th James Bond movie) and a wealth of thoughtfully executed collaborations this year, big news seems to be emanating from the Aston Martin camp on almost a monthly basis right now. And this – the unveiling of its £158k SUV – is a biggie.
The first car to be built in Aston’s new factory in St Athan, Wales, its basic specs – four-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 engine that DB11 and Vantage drivers are familiar with; 542-horsepower and 516 ft.-lb of torque; top speed of 181 mph; 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds – are impressive for a vehicle in its class. But the aesthetes among us will be drinking in how Marek Reichman, Aston Martin’s Chief Creative Officer, has gone about incorporating his design ethos for the marque – “Shouting Without Being Loud” – into a vehicle class so different to its usual output.
“I’ve always followed the principle that proportion and beauty are related because of the golden section,” he tells Robb Report. “Our biggest advantage and capability here is that we have defined and designed the platform, the architecture, the layout ourselves – it’s not VW Audi or a BMW in the case of Rolls Royce: every single millimetre is where myself and Matt Becker from a dynamics perspective want to have the car.”
For what it’s worth, we reckon it’ll seriously enrich the luxury SUV pool, and can’t wait to get behind the wheel. See below for more pictures.