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Aston Martin revives DBS Superleggera name for new flagship Super GT

Written by: Neil

Aston Martin has given its naming structure a 21st-century shake-up by reviving the DBS Superleggera name for its flagship Super GT.

In a nutshell, this means the replacement for Aston’s flagship front-engined V12 ‘Super GT’ – the Vanquish – will be called the DBS Superleggera.

This also makes it the first model to wear the DBS nameplate since Aston’s DB9-based successor to the first-generation Vanquish that emerged in 2007. The term ‘Superleggera’ is a nod to the original DBS of 1967, which translates as ‘super-light’ in Italian, and its use hints at the car’s more extreme focus.

Meanwhile, the Vanquish nameplate will be reserved for Aston’s forthcoming mid-engined supercar that will rival the Ferrari 488 GTB and McLaren 720S from 2021.

With the DBS Superleggera, the brand completes its ambitions to replace each of its existing two-door sportscar models as part of its ‘Second Century Plan’. Sitting at the pinnacle of the sportscar line-up, DBS Superleggera will feature the highest levels of performance, craftmanship and design.

Aston Martin’s chief creative officer Marek Reichman commented: “When you hear the name DBS Superleggera, you know what it is.

“It’s the definitive Aston Martin Super GT. It’s an icon, a statement and this one will be no different. We’ve pushed the boundaries of performance and design to give this car a distinct character and ensure it’s worthy of the heritage and weight that this name carries.”

Further details on Aston Martin’s highly-anticipated super GT will be revealed in the second quarter of 2018, ahead of its unveiling at the end of June.

Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, comments: “Any new car from Aston Martin is a reason to smile, but the revival of the DBS Superleggera nameplate is especially exciting.”

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