First test of Aston Martin’s blistering new £225,000 211mph DBS Superleggera

After a few miles breaking myself in gently with Aston Martin’s new 211mph flagship super grand tourer, I judged on a nice long straight stretch of beautifully smooth road that the time was right to open her up.

Pressing down hard on the accelerator of the new £225,000 DBS Superleggera, I felt a surge of jet-like G-force push me back into the sportily supportive seat as two words shot involuntarily from my mouth. One of them is unrepeatable in family circles.

For bless me, it really is fast. 

DBS Super-fright: Daily Mail motoring editor Ray Massey got a shock when he took to the wheel of the latest 211mph Aston Martin  The DBS Superleggera is Aston Martin's new super grand tourer It costs from £225,000 (before options) Ray Massey quickly notices that there isn't much to see in his rear-view mirror as he races the super-potent British GT car through the German and Austrian Alps The DBS Superleggera - or superlight - is powered by a mighty 5.2 litre twin-turbo V12 petrol engine developing 725 horse-power Ray Massey says you can drive in supreme comfort and refinement at modest speeds. But once you put your foot down the DBS becomes a difficult animal to tame The DBS Superleggera replaces the Vanquish S as the British brand's flagship GT model One of its best credentials is how well it handles tight and twisty alpine roads - like this one The V12 powerplant has gas-guzzling fuel economy averaging 22.9mpg and CO2 emissions at 285g/km - you’ll need deep pockets to keep it fuelled As you might expect, the soundtrack produced by the quad exhaust pipes in a match for the beautiful looks The sports-plus seats offer firm support and comfort for long distance drives Treat it with respect: Ray Massey says the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera isn't a car you should take lightly when you're at the wheel Speed read: The 250 Art Edition volumes of Ferrari — which include a bookstand evocative of a Ferrari 12-cylinder engine — are priced at an eye-watering £22,000 Vintage vehicle fan Peter Waller, now 85, diving his ERA R9B at the Prescott HillClimb in the Seventies Vintage vehicle fan Peter Waller, now 85, diving his ERA R9B at the Prescott HillClimb in the Seventies

Vintage vehicle fan Peter Waller, now 85, diving his ERA R9B at the Prescott HillClimb in the Seventies

This weekend, about 250 pre-war racing and sports cars — including MGs, Bentleys, Bugattis, Austins, Alvises and ERAs — take on the steep 880-yard course at Gotherington, Glos.

Tickets at the gate £25 per day, £40 for the weekend. Under 16s free. Visit vsccprescott.co.uk

Demise of diesel hastened by ‘political confusion’   

Diesel’s death is premature but its demise has been hastened by politicians ‘sowing the seeds of confusion’.

Mike Hawes, of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, said reports that diesel and petrol cars would be banned by 2040 were harmful — and it took ministers a year to clarify that electrified hybrids wouldn’t be affected

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