Grand tourers are what Aston Martin does best, and as we found out in our First Drive, no Aston Martin model does grand touring better than the new DBS Superleggera. Senior features editor Jonny Lieberman argues that car is the most beautiful Aston ever, and he may be right. But we’ll let you be the judge. Let’s take a look at the new super GT alongside its predecessor, the Aston Martin Vanquish, a car we recently called “achingly beautiful. “
The DBS’ front end is similar to that of the related DB11, but it gets unique headlights, a wider grille, more prominent lip, and large intake openings in the front valance. The hood is also more contoured and sports two large vents. Meanwhile, the Vanquish resembles the DB9 up front with its slender grille and sharp, angled-in headlights. The Vanquish S, which served as the swan song for the model, evolved the look further with a front splitter and hood vents made of carbon fiber.
From the side, both cars look sleek and sexy, but the DBS’ profile is exceptionally so. The windshield is raked at an extreme angle, giving the car an incredibly a low roofline and narrow greenhouse opening. Just like the DB11, the DBS has a vent that stretches from the front wheel well all the way to the door, but here the vent is larger and more recessed. It’s a subtle design trick, but it gives the impression that the car is barely there from the side—communicating lightness. The Vanquish’s front fender vent isn’t as in your face, but it does serve as the starting point for a character line that sweeps across the door.
The DBS Superleggera continues to look amazing from the rear. The car’s broad shoulders and bulging fenders give it an athletic stance, while ultra-slim LED taillights help the rear end stand out from other recent Astons. The rear valance is highlighted by four round tailpipes mounted flush with the edge of the rear bumper. The Vanquish, on the other hand, gets C-shaped taillights, an integrated spoiler, and quad round exhaust tips. The S model builds on that look with a carbon-fiber rear valance with integrated diffuser.
Inside, the DBS Superleggera shows off Aston’s vastly improved interior game with its generous use of quilted leather, high-quality trim materials, and Mercedes-based infotainment system. The Vanquish’s cabin is almost as snazzy, but the design looks a bit dated in comparison.