DBX Dealer Presentation

DBX Dealer Presentation

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KevinBird

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575 posts

152 months

Friday 23rd August
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4.0 V8 twin turbo uprated to 550ps
. 9 speed auto
. Performance stats not nailed down - 0.60 in 4.5secs or less – top speed 175mph +
. All wheel drive with the ability to feed 100% of power to the rear. It is essentially rear-wheel drive bias most of the time, feeding power to the front as is required

. Runs a rear e-diff
. Triple air suspension – the highest spec suspension in comparison to anything on the market. I'm know this is a good set up but unclear exactly why as yet. I can tell you that it is one better than double air suspension though!
. Highest grade of active anti-roll system
. Will have a wafty comfortable suspension mode up to a pretty hardcore setting
. Largest brakes (steel) ever fitted to an Aston Martin. Ceramics were avoided because they don’t mix well with mud/grit etc
. Weight distribution – 54:46
. Can tow 2.7 tonnes (tow bar will be an option)


Standard spec includes (but is not exhaustive):

. 22” wheels (the only size option)
. Larger infotainment screens
. Apple Car Play and Android
. Adaptive Cruise
. Panoramic Glass Roof (does not open but has an electric blind)
. Power tailgate
. Blind spot monitor
. High beam assist
. High grade Caithness leather
. Noise insulating glass
. 360 deg camera and parking sensors
. Heated, memory seats

soofsayer

900 posts

80 months

Friday 23rd August
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Is that engine, gearbox, suspension, and tech from mercedes?

Ken Figenus

4,481 posts

62 months

Friday 23rd August
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I don't know what triple air suspension is - but it sounds good as air on these beasts is a very good thing for ride quality (esp on 22"s). My Macan on (single?) air sus and huge rubber on 21" wheels gives an excellent ride - far better than the Rapide I'm sad to say. 9 gears to paddle through though eek

Its a good spec.

MO55

1,965 posts

112 months

Friday 23rd August
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avinalarf said:
No good for you Bob, how you going to trailer your DBR1 ?
That'll be with one of these Stevie,,,,,

. Can tow 2.7 tonnes (tow bar will be an option),,,,

PS: Agree Ken,,, why so many gears. confused



Edited by MO55 on Friday 23 August 18:54

V8V Pete

1,846 posts

71 months

Saturday 24th August
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MO55 said:
Agree, why so many gears. confused
It'll be something to do with emissions etc. Won't matter anyway. 99% of these will be driven in Auto 99% of the time and the driver will neither know nor care what gear they are in.

Jon39

6,161 posts

88 months

Saturday 24th August
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V8V Pete said:
MO55 said:
Agree, why so many gears. confused
It'll be something to do with emissions etc. Won't matter anyway. 99% of these will be driven in Auto 99% of the time and the driver will neither know nor care what gear they are in.

Mercedes-Benz cars have gradually increased the number of gears in their auto (torque converter I think) boxes.

My understanding of the reason, is that when they were fitting 5 speed boxes, you could very slightly feel the jolt of the gear changes.
With more gears each ratio is closer to the adjacent ones, so any feeling of each gearchange is almost imperceptable.



MO55

1,965 posts

112 months

Saturday 24th August
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Jon39 said:

V8V Pete said:
MO55 said:
Agree, why so many gears. confused
It'll be something to do with emissions etc. Won't matter anyway. 99% of these will be driven in Auto 99% of the time and the driver will neither know nor care what gear they are in.

Mercedes-Benz cars have gradually increased the number of gears in their auto (torque converter I think) boxes.

My understanding of the reason, is that when they were fitting 5 speed boxes, you could very slightly feel the jolt of the gear changes.
With more gears each ratio is closer to the adjacent ones, so any feeling of each gearchange is almost imperceptable.


Pete I think you're right. Even 7 gears (DBSs) on the paddles is plenty. The DBX far less likely to be driven on the paddles, I include myself.

Ken Figenus

4,481 posts

62 months

Saturday 24th August
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The Rapide has 6 and I always drive it on the paddles unless in stop start traffic. No one know which gear to to be in better than me wink

I have given up doing manual on the missus 8 speed car though and 9 gears would break my heart! 6 gears are perfect for a linear majestic V12! Drive is too lazy for the econ figures and Sport just never knows what I want - assumes I'm about to overtake all the time!

No I dont want a big left calf car either wink

old phart

381 posts

55 months

Sunday 25th August
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More gears! I fancy a comedy skit where the driver is constantly shifting up or down the whole trip to the store and back. Won't have time to mess with his/her Apple or Android. Pulls up to the store covered in sweat as the Tesla driver steps out cool and refreshed.

LooneyTunes

3,783 posts

103 months

Sunday 25th August
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Things are looking up if it’ll pull 2.7t... that’s enough for most people.

Nbgring

34 posts

68 months

Sunday 25th August
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Can the insiders comment on the gear box, specifically the supplier, please?
According to my very limited knowledge ZF is producing the 9-speed box for the RR Evoque - which is a front transverse application, not compatible with a longitudinal V8-engine.
Therefore the guess is that AML is buying engine and gear box from Mercedes. Mercedes is combining its proprietary 9-speed MCT-box with the AMG-V8 in several cars (AMG GLC 63, AMG GT 63S, AMG E 63). In this gear box a multi-clutch-pack replaces a conventional torque-converter, enabling faster shifting times, less weight and computer controlled shifting strategies as well as launch control. This multi-clutch-pack auto-box should not be confused with a dual-clutch-two-drive-shaft-box (Porsche 911 and Cayman) or with a two-plate-clutch (V12VS). The MCT is simply an advanced auto-box in which a computer controlled multi-clutch-pack replaces a conventional torque-converter - therefore very suitable for a SUV or other high torque applications.
So, is that one coming from Mercedes?

Cold

7,285 posts

35 months

Sunday 25th August
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LooneyTunes said:
Things are looking up if it’ll pull 2.7t... that’s enough for most people.
I was wondering why it had such a low towing weight and not the full 3500kgs.

petop

1,686 posts

111 months

Sunday 25th August
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Was in Porsche Bristol yesterday and 75% of the cars in the showroom were SUV's of various guises. If the DBX is as good as say the Macan and can justify its price then it may have a chance. Shame as i do like the DBX looks of what i have seen but would not want to see the nearest AM dealer full of DBX's with the more sportier relegated to online or back of the dealers.
One thing i did notice in AM Bristol down the road from Porsche was lack of 2nd hand "old school" Vantages compared to new-kid-on-the-block ones. Aside from the handful of GT8/12's there was not too many 4.7/4.3's

LooneyTunes

3,783 posts

103 months

Sunday 25th August
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Cold said:
LooneyTunes said:
Things are looking up if it’ll pull 2.7t... that’s enough for most people.
I was wondering why it had such a low towing weight and not the full 3500kgs.
As I understand it, there’s a weight component associated with what you can tow. With cars getting lighter not many are allowed to drag the full 3.5, even if they have sufficient power.

V8V Pete

1,846 posts

71 months

Monday 26th August
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Nbgring said:
Can the insiders comment on the gear box, specifically the supplier, please?
According to my very limited knowledge ZF is producing the 9-speed box for the RR Evoque - which is a front transverse application, not compatible with a longitudinal V8-engine.
Therefore the guess is that AML is buying engine and gear box from Mercedes. Mercedes is combining its proprietary 9-speed MCT-box with the AMG-V8 in several cars (AMG GLC 63, AMG GT 63S, AMG E 63). In this gear box a multi-clutch-pack replaces a conventional torque-converter, enabling faster shifting times, less weight and computer controlled shifting strategies as well as launch control. This multi-clutch-pack auto-box should not be confused with a dual-clutch-two-drive-shaft-box (Porsche 911 and Cayman) or with a two-plate-clutch (V12VS). The MCT is simply an advanced auto-box in which a computer controlled multi-clutch-pack replaces a conventional torque-converter - therefore very suitable for a SUV or other high torque applications.
So, is that one coming from Mercedes?
I have no insider knowledge but my immediate assumption was that it would be the Mercedes 9-speed box. I'm sure the original agreement with Mercedes was for use of engines, gearboxes and electrical tech. Which made the decision to use a slush box in the Vantage rather than a Merc Dual Clutch box somewhat odd as however good the ZF 8-speed is, most people would expect a full on sports car to have a Dual Clutch rather than a slush box.

Nbgring

34 posts

68 months

Monday 26th August
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The Mercedes dual clutch box cannot handle the torque of the V12 in the DB11. And less so in the DBS. Therefore the new generation cars DB11 and DBS had to start with an automatic box. The ZF boxes are suitable for transaxle setup. And AML has a long experience with the ZF boxes in the Vanquish, Rapide, DB9 and certainly want to minimize the technical variants in their products and work shops?
Since the Vantage is a derivative of the DB11 it needs to have the same gear box. It simply developed this path...

V8V Pete

1,846 posts

71 months

Monday 26th August
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Nbgring said:
Since the Vantage is a derivative of the DB11 it needs to have the same gear box.
I don't think AML would describe the Vantage as a derivative of the DB11. It shares a "platform" but that doesn't mean it has to have the same gearbox. It shares an engine and layout with the AMG GT and could have shared its gearbox which is a DCT. Yes, using the same gearbox as the DB11 is the cheaper option but the Vantage is hardly a cheap car.

LordBretSinclair

3,952 posts

122 months

Monday 26th August
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Jon39 said:
My understanding of the reason, is that when they were fitting 5 speed boxes, you could very slightly feel the jolt of the gear changes.
With more gears each ratio is closer to the adjacent ones, so any feeling of each gearchange is almost imperceptable.
Maybe they should try something like this then laughlaugh


XXXAngelXXX

1,628 posts

173 months

Monday 26th August
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I never use paddle shifting in my Range Rover Supercharged with the 8 Speed ZF gearbox - it is simply boring. beer

I wonder if they will ever be able to retrofit Apple Car play in my DB11....

RobDown

3,555 posts

73 months

Monday 26th August
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I think Aston Installations can put Apple CarPlay into a DB11 next time you’re over