It’s winter in England. The roads are a bit slippery with the usual mixture of rain-soaked leaves and mud. It’s a good time to test a Land Rover. But I’ve joined the traffic leaving Jaguar Land Rover from the company next door, Aston Martin, and I’m joining the greasy roads in a car that pushes 900Nm through its rear wheels. I have a soft spot for the last-generation Aston Martin DBS. But as much as I am fond of the last one, the new one — the one bearing the Superleggera badge on the bonnet, is something entirely different. Based on the DB11, it remains a GT car but one that has more of the soul of a sports car, much like the new Vantage. At its soul is still a hand-built V12 — in this instance, a 5.2l twin-turbo V12 pushing out 533kW and 900Nm through an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. Aston claims it will hit 100km/h in 3.4 seconds and go on to a top speed of 339km/h, at least until such time as the European Commission legislates for speed limiters. Testing its dual nature...

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