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Aston Martin DBX In Arden Green
A celebration of Aston Martin’s glorious racing heritage
◙ By Phil Foo
Should you ask a Brit, what’s the significance of the colour green to Britain’s motoring journey? The answer is racing. Green has long been linked to racing in Britain. Green is in fact Britain’s national racing colour. Many British car makers with racing in their veins have green in their stable. Aston Martin certainly has; most famously when they won Le Mans in 1959 with the awesome DBR1, in green.
To celebrate Aston Martin’s rich and glorious racing heritage, Aston Martin has bestowed upon the motoring world a colour called the Arden Green; a subtler hue with a grey-green hint. The Arden Green has strong associations to Aston Martin’s classic and glorious racing history. Now, it adorns the awesome and handsome Aston Martin DBX, Aston Martin’s answer to the realm of exotic SUVs (Sport Utility Vehicles).
“Styling and design generally speaks to the visual part of the motoring enthusiast’s mind. But what differentiates the enthusiasts from the aficionado?”
Aston Martin has been handcrafting cars for 108 years. Founded by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford in 1913, Aston Martins have not only been racing but have also brought down a good number of villains in TV screens and cinemas. 007 aka James Bond, the world’s most famous spy has driven a number of Aston Martins in his time and has done so in style. I hear that he will be driving another one really soon. Care to guess which one?
The beautiful Aston Martin DBX designed by Marek Reichman – Chief Creative Officer at Aston Martin, and team. The DBX retains the design cues and looks that Aston Martins are known for.
Talking about style, Aston Martin definitely knows styling and craftsmanship well. Aston Martin combined the elegant shade of Arden Green with a traditional Tan interior. Fusing these colours to the Aston Martin DBX’s muscular and sporty lines makes it a stunning, head turning piece of motoring art.
Styling and design generally speaks to the visual part of the motoring enthusiast’s mind. But what differentiates the enthusiasts from the aficionado? While the styling and design alone will blow the minds of the enthusiasts, aficionados demand more. The aficionado not only immerses himself or herself in the design and styling, but also what the car has to say, and the songs that it sings. Ok, I am talking about sounds.
Aston Martin is renowned for sophisticated sound quality of its powertrains, giving it a voice that is truly British. The DBX’s exhaust has been carefully tuned for those who enjoy the sounds emanated from deep within its heart. It delivers a sound that is unique to Aston Martin. A sound without the unwanted volume and bark. A sound that delivers a linearly building crescendo that flows through the body of the DBX to the driver for the most engaging drive, as the pedal moves towards the floor.
From here comes forth the glorious sounds that is uniquely Aston Martin DBX Arden Green.
One of the best places to enjoy the sounds of the DBX’s exhaust is in a tunnel with the windows up, and then down; just to hear a different sound. Put pedal to the metal and the beast awakes. In this performance driving mode the DBX opens up its active exhaust valves that is nestled within its exhaust system; singing a full bodied note, and making its presence known to all.
“Awesome aesthetics and glorious sounds will certainly satisfy the aficionado. But what about the connoisseurs?”
The DBX is not just about singing in tunnels and making itself heard. It can be a silent cruiser just like a wolf on a prowl. On relaxing drives where the engine is not pushed, the powertrain takes on a quiet and discrete demeanor, humming a relaxed exhaust note while providing luxurious and comfortable drives.
Comfortable, stylish, and sporty; this is what the Aston Martin DBX Arden Green looks like inside.
Awesome aesthetics and glorious sounds will certainly satisfy the aficionado. But what about the connoisseurs? Visual satisfaction and audio pleasures merely tickles the fancy of the motoring connoisseur. Connoisseurs demand more. They revel in history, heritage, characteristics, and values; values that makes the brand, the car, and the team behind it all.
“The DBX goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds, with a top speed of 291 km/h…”
For the connoisseurs Aston Martin has aligned its racing heritage; the Arden Green colour tones and acoustics that is above that of the standard DBX. This special masterpiece is the Aston Martin DBX Arden Green. The DBX Arden Green comes with re-profiled exhaust gas routing offering a deeper, more aggressive, sporty exhaust note that is louder than the standard DBXs that are fitted with the standard exhaust acoustic profile.
The rear cabin section of the Aston Martin DBX Arden Green. Personally I prefer being in the driver’s seat especially in the DBX.
What is a car these days without the ability for us, the modern people of the internet age to connect our devices to? Not everyone is contented to listening to whatever radio stations play. Well, maybe there are. But for those who don’t the DBX comes with an infotainment system with Apple CarPlay; linked to an 800-watt sound system that stimulates your audio senses via 14 strategically placed speakers.
Aston Martin DBX’s infotainment system with speakers sitting securely within leather speaker covers.
Let’s Talk About Power And Other Features
Sitting under the hood of the Aston Martin DBX (and DBX Arden Green) is a M177 4.0 litre bi-turbo V8 engine by AMG that produces awesome amounts of power. 550 PS (405 kW; 542 bhp) and 700 Mn of torque according to Aston Martin. The DBX goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds, with a top speed of 291 km/h. The DBX comes with 9-speed automatic transmission.
As for safety, the DBX comes fitted with six airbags, Electronic Stability Control, ABS and Driveline Traction Control, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, forward collision warning and rear cross traffic warning, blind spot warning, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, tire pressure warning, automatic high beam, etc.
Aston Martin DBX LED Daylight Running Lights that is also the front signal or indicator lights. That is not all. These lights surrounds a functional hole that allowes air in to cool the brakes.
Convenience is definitely important. Aston Martin DBX’s Convenience pack features power tailgate with gesture control, park assist, and touchpad control. Power tailgate with gesture control enables opening or closing of the tailgate with a simple, effortless swipe of the foot under the rear bumper, aiding loading when hands are full, such as when carrying items, carrying children or holding pets. Other features include Park Assist where the DBX detects and self-parks in parking spaces automatically in parallel, perpendicular and parallel park exit scenarios.
The curvaceous rear of the Aston Martin DBX.
Every Aston Martin comes with a wing badge. These badges are not merely plastic badges or metal badges made in a factory somewhere unheard of. I am not saying that these kinds of badges are not good. What I am saying is that Aston Martin pays so much attention to detail that even their wing badges are made by a 200-year-old company sitting in Birmingham, England. That company is Vaughtons Ltd.
The Aston Martin wing badged on nose of the DBX Arden Green.
At Vaughtons, Aston Martin’s wing badges go through a fiery process. They are forged at 1,472 degrees Fahrenheit (about 800 degrees Celsius). This heating process makes them softer. They are then pressed into shape, bringing out the details of the badge. These badges can go through the press up to 14 times before they are cleaned using ultrasound, and an electrolytic process. They then go through a plating and finishing process. The complete badges are sent to Aston Martin’s factory to be fitted onto cars.
The Aston Martin wing badged at the rear of DBX Arden Green sitting above the ASTON MARTIN name; so well placed.
With all said and done, let’s talk about dollars and cents, or rather Ringgit and cents. What figures would one have to tell the one’s accountant to be prepared with should one fall in love with the Aston Martin DBX Arden Green? While the Aston Martin DBX starts at a price of RM818,000.00, the DBX Arden Green is priced from RM1,072,000.00. Both the DBX and DBX Arden Green prices stated do not include duties and taxes.
Aston Martin DBX Arden Green Specification
Engine 4.0-litre, all-alloy V8 twin turbo, 32v with variable timing, quad camshaft with start/stop, cylinder deactivation
Transmission 9-speed automatic gearbox, All-wheel drive with active centre transfer case and electronic rear limited-slip differential
Power 405 kW (542 bhp) at 6500 rpm
Torque 700 Nm (516 lb ft) at 2200 rpm
Acceleration 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.5 secs
Maximum Speed 181 mph (291 km/h)
Color and Trim
Exterior Arden Green
Interior Obsidian Black/ Oxford Tan
Headlining Black Alcantara
Carpet Primary Black – 600gsm
Convenience – 360 Camera
Infotainment – Aston Martin Premium Audio
Exterior Badging – Aston Martin Black Wings and Script
Convenience – Blind Spot Monitoring
Brake Calipers – Dark Anodised
Seating – Heated Seats
Front Grille – Gloss Black
Bonnet Vents – Matte Black Mesh
Convenience – Aston Martin Key
Convenience – Keyless Entry
Mirror Caps – Gloss Black Painted
Window Surround Finisher – Matte Black
Sports Pedals – Satin Chrome
Seatbelts – Black
Side Vent – Body Colour
Sill Plaques – Anodised Aluminium with Aston Martin Wings
Seating – 12 Way Electric Front Seats With Memory
Side Gill – Gloss Black
Steering Wheel – Sport – Monotone
Exterior Pack – Body Colour Lower
Trim Inlay – Piano Black Wood Veneer
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
Adaptive triple chamber air suspension
All-wheel Drive (AWD)
Ambient lighting – configurable
Apple iOS CarPlay ®
Automatic High Beam (AHB)
Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)
Blind Spot Warning (BSW)
Door Exit warning (DEW)
Electric Active Roll Control (eARC)
Electric limited-slip rear differential (eDiff)
Lane Keep Assist (LKA)
Panoramic glass sunroof – fixed
Rear seats – 40:20:40 folding
Surround camera system (with deploying rear camera)
Paint – Contemporary
Exterior Badging – Aston Martin Black Script and Wing Badging
Detailing – Embroidery – Aston Martin Wings
Exhaust – Sport Exhaust Upgrade
Wheels – Space Saver Spare Wheel
Interior Jewellery Pack – Satin Dark Chrome
Stitch – Contrast
Pack – Convenience
Tail lights – Smoked
Exterior Pack – Gloss Black
22 Inch Ribbon – Satin Black and Bronze Diamond Turn
*Photos courtesy of Aston Martin Kuala Lumpur
*Source – Aston Martin Kuala Lumpur
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