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2023 Aston Martin DBX 707 vs. 2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT


From the December 2022 challenge of Automobile and Driver.

As soon as it was established that high-performance SUVs weren’t an oxymoron, there was just one path to go: up. Extra velocity, faster acceleration, better grip, extra tenacious braking, and—most of all—larger costs. At Porsche, the development of high-test variations with extra horsepower and compound badge extensions has led to the 2022 Cayenne Turbo GT, a veritable sport-utility weapon able to superb issues on the observe, as much as and together with the vaunted Nürburgring.

Different high-end carmakers have joined in—even Ferrari with its upcoming Purosangue. Aston Martin entered the fray a few years in the past with its DBX. We’d surmise, nonetheless, that the beastly 2023 DBX 707 was within the mannequin plan from the outset.

These Cayenne and DBX fashions make a wonderful pairing, and never simply because our samples had been painted focus-group white to forestall coloration bias from creeping in. Ferocious twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 engines vigorously propel each, with the Porsche’s 3996-cubic-centimeter powerplant producing 631 horsepower and the Aston wringing 697 horsepower from a mere 3982 cubic centimeters. Past that, each automobiles have all-wheel drive and experience on air springs augmented with electronically managed dampers and energetic anti-roll bars. Each characteristic high-stance terrain modes of doubtful relevance, they usually additionally command sky-high costs. The evenly optioned Porsche in our check goes for $189,090, whereas the glitzier Aston Martin instructions $290,086.

2nd Place: Aston Martin DBX

If we decided a champion based mostly on onlookers’ consideration, the Aston would take this win, arms down. Individuals stopped us at gasoline stations, eager to know what it was and snapping images. While you view the automobiles side-by-side, this is smart. The 707 has presence. Its recent, trendy styling is festooned with intriguing particulars, though the diffuser’s fiddly spoiler is one we may do with out.


HIGHS: Undeniably quick, rorty soundtrack, gorgeous design.
LOWS:
Unbearable infotainment, eye-watering worth.
VERDICT: If cash had been no object, we wouldn’t object.


The identical is true inside, the place the DBX comes throughout as attention-grabbing and layered. The seats and dashboard look as if some design capital was spent on them, and the carbon-fiber middle console is much extra intricate and deliberate than the perfunctory stuff tacked onto the Porsche’s door panels. However, as on the skin, the design would come off higher if it had been reeled in about 5 p.c.

Underway, the Aston delivers the crushing efficiency its aggressive seems suggest. It rushes to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds, reaches 100 mph in 7.6 seconds, and runs an 11.4-second quarter-mile at 121 mph. Its keen nine-speed computerized helps it rip 30-to-50-mph passing maneuvers in 2.6 seconds and 50-to-70 ones in three seconds flat.

The Aston is an adept hustler within the twisties too. Exact steering response and robust brakes permit you to push as onerous as you dare, with the V-8’s kick, superb wail, and upshift crackle accessible once you boot it upon nook exit.

The Aston is an adept hustler within the twisties too. Exact steering response and robust brakes permit you to push as onerous as you dare, with the V-8’s kick, superb wail, and upshift crackle accessible once you boot it upon nook exit. Regardless of some 5138 kilos of British engineering, the chassis feels lithe and balanced, and the energetic anti-roll management ensures that physique lean is held to a minimal as you stream into the following nook. The brake engagement level is a bit decrease than the Porsche’s, and barely extra turn-in lock is critical as a result of the Aston’s steering ratio feels a tad slower, however you’d by no means choose these nits with out aggressively driving these two back-to-back. On the observe, huge 23-inch Pirelli P Zero PZ4s assist the Aston file 70-mph stops of 155 ft and a wholesome 0.97 g of orbital stick.

The Aston is a gradual and calm interstate cruiser, with a {smooth} experience and a steering system that imparts a clairvoyant sense of straight forward by means of its properly contoured wheel. However we did miss a head-up show on this driving situation, and over time the enticing seats proved to be much less comfy than they seem, with obtuse side-bolster and lumbar controls we by no means got here to grips with. However the largest gaffe must be the infuriating infotainment system, which is managed solely by a touchpad or a half-hidden knob that’s completely inaccessible in the event you truly use the cupholders. Maybe Aston ought to transfer them forward of the controller and add a bona fide touchscreen to present the motive force selections. What’s extra, telephone mirroring requires a cable, though the middle console’s helpful open basement incorporates a wi-fi charging pad.

In the meantime, these seated within the rear might be completely satisfied as clams again there. Area is ample, and climate-control vents are mounted within the middle console in addition to attractively set into the door pillars. On the finish of the day, the largest factor holding the Aston again is its near-$300,000 price ticket. When you’re in a position to scoff at that sentence, properly, don’t allow us to cease you from making a purchase order.

1st Place: Porsche Cayenne

In contrast with the Aston, our white Porsche’s rounded-off styling suggests a used bar of cleaning soap, with a grille opening that appears like a hockey participant’s broad grin with dentures out. Tellingly, an influencer snapping photos of our DBX framed the Cayenne out of his photographs.

However the Turbo GT has received it the place it counts, making it a superior sleeper. Regardless of having 66 horsepower much less, the Porsche bolts out of the gate tougher, reaching 60 mph in a mere 2.9 seconds and sustaining that 0.2-second benefit by means of 100 mph and throughout the road on the quarter-mile in 11.2 seconds at 120 mph. The extra highly effective Aston begins to outrun it after that, but it surely’s a close-run factor in a velocity realm that has zero each day relevance. Again on earth, the nonetheless delivers heady passing efficiency and advantages from a smooth-shifting gearbox.


HIGHS: Quick management response, grip for days, cheaper price leaves room for choices. LOWS: Forgettable styling, flintier experience, seats solely 4.
VERDICT:
The Porsche of haul-ass SUVs.


The Porsche’s 30-to-50- and 50-to-70-mph passing instances path the Aston by a tenth and two-tenths, respectively. That’s most likely as a result of fewer ratios of its eight-speed computerized, however the GT nonetheless delivers heady passing efficiency and advantages from a smooth-shifting gearbox.

Within the mountains, the Turbo GT’s commonplace rear-wheel steering and energetic roll management workforce as much as make fast work of tight hairpins, flowing esses, and lengthy sweepers alike. The steering response is laser sharp, and the brake pedal feels fast and intuitive. You simply take into consideration doing issues they usually get achieved. It’s a oneness the Aston can’t match. There’s additionally grip for days, and that’s not simply in our head; a monster 1.03 g’s across the skidpad proved it.

However there’s a catch—one which possible accounts for the launch benefit, the fast turn-in response, and definitely the lateral grip, however curiously no important stopping-distance superiority. The Turbo GT’s Pirelli P Zero Corsa PZC4 tires have a scant 80 treadwear ranking (the Aston’s are 280). That’s so excessive, they wouldn’t be authorized at an SCCA autocross. Tire Rack classifies them as Streetable Monitor & Competitors tires, and we doubt they’ll final 10,000 miles. Nonetheless, maybe from the angle of the completely satisfied aspect of a $100,000 worth hole, chucking a variety of them on the Porsche feels reasonably priced.

That “sure, however” theme continues on the open street, the place the Turbo GT’s commonplace Alcantara steering wheel looks like, as senior editor Elana Scherr put it, “an aged cat, all bones and fur.” Relaxation assured, there’s a extra comfy (and heated) wheel on the sometimes in depth Porsche choices record. The identical will be stated of the dual-zone local weather management, which will be upgraded to 4 zones with a relatively modest spend (the DBX has an ordinary three-zone setup), and our Porsche’s lack of adaptive cruise management. The usual eight-way sport seats are comfy over the lengthy haul, although, they usually do a lot to take the sting off rougher roads. That stated, you may additionally improve to 18-way chairs.

What you’ll be able to’t choice away is the marginally much less compliant experience, the four-place seating, and the 1-mpg-worse EPA mixed fuel-economy ranking, which relates again to the gummy tires and the cog-deficient eight-speed computerized. However there are 100,000 the reason why this doesn’t matter, and there’s no denying that the Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT is the stronger and rewarding sport-utility weapon. Plus, if that influencer is any indication, the native constabulary will possible direct their consideration to the Aston as a substitute.

Specs

Specs

2023 Aston Martin DBX 707
Automobile Kind: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback

PRICE

Base/As Examined: $239,086/$290,086
Choices: Satin Lunar White paint, $8900; darkish grille, $800; rear privateness acoustic glass, $1900, smoked tailights, $1200; gloss 2×2 twill carbon fiber higher package deal, $9200; 23-inch cast satin black, diamond-turned wheels, $5100; Encourage Sport Duotone inside, $7600; Blue Haze Metallic leather-based, $2800; 2×2 twill carbon fiber with darkish chrome jewellery, $3400; gloss 2×2 twill carbon fiber trim inlay, $4500; Darkish Knight 720gsm carpet, $1900; lime inexperienced distinction stitching, $2100; black chrome badges and script, $1600.

ENGINE
Twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct gasoline injection

Displacement: 243 in3, 3982 cm3

Energy: 697 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque: 663 lb-ft @ 2750 rpm 

TRANSMISSION

9-speed computerized

CHASSIS

Suspension, F/R: multilink, air springs, energetic anti-roll automotive/multilink, air springs, energetic anti-roll bar

Brakes, F/R: 16.5-in vented, cross-drilled ceramic disc/15.4-in vented, cross-drilled ceramic disc

Tires: Pirelli P Zero PZ4

F: 285/35ZR-23 (107Y) A8A, R: 325/30ZR-23 (109Y) A8A

DIMENSIONS

Wheelbase: 120.5 in

Size: 198.4 in

Width: 78.7 in
Top: 66.1 in

Passenger Quantity: 110 ft3
Cargo Quantity, behind entrance/rear seats: 54/23 ft3
Curb Weight: 5138 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
30 mph: 1.1 sec
60 mph: 3.1 sec

100 mph: 7.6 sec
150 mph: 19.7 sec

1/4-Mile: 11.4 sec @ 121 mph
Outcomes above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.

Rolling Begin, 5–60 mph: 4.5 sec

High Gear, 30–50 mph: 2.6 sec

High Gear, 50–70 mph: 3.0 sec

High Velocity (mfr’s declare): 193 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 155 ft

Braking, 100–0 mph: 315 ft

Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.97 g 

C/D FUEL ECONOMY

Noticed: 14 mpg

EPA FUEL ECONOMY

Mixed/Metropolis/Freeway: 17/15/20 mpg

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2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT
Automobile Kind: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback

PRICE

Base/As Examined: $182,150/$189,090
Choices: PCCB with high-gloss black calipers, $900; consolation entry, $940; 22-inch GT Design wheels in Satin Deep Sea Blue, $600; lane change help, $950; LED Matrix Design headlights in black with PDLS+, $580; smartphone compartment with wi-fi charging, $690; head up show, $1720; Porsche brand on aspect, $560.

ENGINE
Twin-turbocharged DOHC 32-valve V-8 aluminum block and head, direct gasoline injection

Displacement: 244 in3, 3996 cm3

Energy: 631 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque: 626 lb-ft @ 2300 rpm 

TRANSMISSION
8-speed computerized

CHASSIS

Suspension, F/R: multilink, air springs, energetic anti-roll bar/multilink, air springs, energetic anti-roll bar

Brakes, F/R: 17.3-in vented, cross-drilled ceramic disc/16.1-in vented, cross-drilled ceramic disc

Tires: Pirelli P Zero Corsa PZC4

F: 285/35ZR-22 (106Y) N0
R: 315/30ZR-22 (107Y) N0

DIMENSIONS

Wheelbase: 113.9 in

Size: 194.6 in

Width: 78.6 in
Top: 64.4 in

Passenger Quantity: XX ft3
Cargo Trunk Quantity, behind entrance/rear seats: 52/19 ft3
Curb Weight: 4972 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
30 mph: 1.0 sec
60 mph: 2.9 sec

100 mph: 7.4 sec
150 mph: 19.8 sec

1/4-Mile: 11.2 sec @ 120 mph
Outcomes above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.

Rolling Begin, 5–60 mph: 4.5 sec

High Gear, 30–50 mph: 2.7 sec

High Gear, 50–70 mph: 3.2 sec

High Velocity (mfr’s declare): 186 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 154 ft

Braking, 100–0 mph: 312 ft

Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 1.03 g 

C/D FUEL ECONOMY

Noticed: 14 mpg

EPA FUEL ECONOMY

Mixed/Metropolis/Freeway: 16/14/19 mpg

C/D TESTING EXPLAINED

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