Aston Martin unveils DB12 in Sydney

At a series of events over the last few days, Aston Martin has unveiled the pre-production version of its DB12 supercar to its customers and the media. Exhaust Notes Australia was among those gathered to see the next generation of the iconic DB take centre stage.

Draped this time in silver, rather than the traditional green shown at its global reveal last month, the DB12 is powered by a 4.0-litre twin turbo V8 that delivers 500kW of power and 800Nm of torque.

It’s good for a 325km/h top speed, and 0-100km/h sprint in just 3.5 seconds. A meticulously honed chassis is perfectly matched to its high performance powertrain, engineered with a holistic approach in mind.

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Michelin Pilot Sport 5 S tyres made to Aston Martin’s precise specification wrap up the massive 21-inch silver and black forged wheels. A new suspension system features the latest adaptive dampers.

Control and connection are further amplified by an exceptionally precise and direct electronic power assisted steering system and an electronic rear differential.

Aston Martin DB12
Aston Martin DB12

A stability control system employs six-axis inertia measurement to predict available grip, giving the DB12 driver a choice of five pre-set driving modes. On the design front, the new Aston Martin model features a more muscular physique.

The track has also been increased by 6mm at the front and 22m at the rear. The new front end sports a larger, re-shaped radiator aperture and a re-shaped splitter. It’s framed by new LED headlights with a distinctive daytime running light signature.

The nose also features the latest evolution of the iconic Aston Martin wings badge, with the DB12 the first vehicle to wear the new logo. New smaller, frameless wing mirrors compliment the new design while also improving the aerodynamic profile of the car.

The doors, which feature inset door handles that pop out when you touch them, also lift as well as draw outwards when you open them, adding to the unique styling. Inside, the front seats are super cosy and surprisingly comfortable.

They hug the body tightly, as you might expect in a high performance car. There’s also a brand new infotainment setup, forming the centrepiece of the new interior.

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Inside the Aston Martin DB12

The whole space feels ultra-luxurious and yet still super sporty in this grand tourer by design (monikered as a super tourer by the car brand itself). The DB12 does indeed feature back seats too, although leg room makes the space child-friendly at best.

Deliveries are expected to commence in Q3 of 2023. Further information is available from your local Aston Martin dealer.

Mark Holgate
Mark Holgate
A journalist with more than 24 years experience, Mark Holgate has worked with a number of regional, suburban and metropolitan newspapers, as well as stints with motoring specific publications like Which Car? Motorsport News, Auto Action and Street Machine. He is also a contributor to DriveTribe.

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