Pigs can’t fly, yet car companies keep insisting that SUVs can be sporty. It’s like insisting that a hippopotamus could win the Boston Marathon, or that, with enough lessons, a giraffe could become pretty good at chess. As far as automobiles are concerned, most “sporty” Sport Utility Vehicles — a nonsensical niche if ever there was one — just aren’t great.
Aston Martin, however, thinks it can do better. Hugging the cliffside roads of Sardinia, the British brand’s new DBX707 SUV really does seem like it might be capable of flight. It’s a large machine — a fact that you never forget because the glorious, burbling roar of the quad exhaust pipes sounds like it’s coming from very far behind you — but the DBX707 glides over bad roads and lunges into corners with balance, poise, and crisp steering.
Aston’s proper sports cars are more engaging, sure, but you could happily drive the 707 every day with the whole family aboard. It’s totally pinned down, yet comfy over bad roads. The leather and interior quality are exquisite (even if some of the tech inside is a bit old-school). The 707 is roughly $70,000 more than the standard DBX. For that, you get a stiffer body structure, a wider rear track, plus new dampers and retuned active roll control. Oh, and an AMG-sourced V8 tuned to make 697 hp and nearly as much torque — which, by the way, is more than you get in Lambo or Porsche SUVs.
We were skeptical about the DBX707, because we’ve been burned before by so-called “sporty sport utes.” We were wrong. Some pigs do fly. And, wow, is it ever beautiful.