We have driven the new Aston Martin DBS Superleggera, but you will have to wait until August to read our driving impressions of the new model due to an international embargo. But Marek Reichman, chief creative officer at Aston Martin, took us through his latest project at the international launch. Based on the DB11 V12 variant, the DBS Superleggera sits at the top of the current Aston range and is described as a Super GT aimed at the Ferrari 812 Superfast. One of the most beautiful modern cars to come from the stable, the DBS Superleggera (the latter means super-light in Italian) name originates from an Italian coach building company Carrozzeria Touring back in 1936. The Superleggera name not only means super-light, but also refers to a vehicle building process, which comprises the use of duralumin — a trade name for one of the earliest types of age-hardenable aluminium alloys. It originated in the Zeppelin industry prior to the First World War.

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