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Aston Martin’s ‘Super Tourer’ DB12 Delivers 500kW From A V8

The natural successor to the DB11, the newcomer drops the cylinders and ups the power, maxing out at 325km/h.

By Tanisha Angel
Mon, Aug 7, 2023 7:50pmGrey Clock 3 min

Seeking to bridge the gap between supercars and grand tourers, Aston Martin has expanded the DB bloodline with the release of the DB12. Billed as the “world’s first Super Tourer”—debatable!—the new Aston Martin DB12 does away with the twin-turbo 5.2-litre V12 of its predecessor. Under the hood is a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 that delivers 500 kW of power and 800 Nm of torque — an increase of 53 kW and 100 Nm from the DB11.

All in all, that equates to the DB12 racing from 0-100km/h in 3.5 seconds with a top speed of 325km/h.

The V8 feeds power to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission, with the addition of a new electronic limited-slip differential. Aston Martin claims its new rear differential “can go from fully open to 100% locked in a matter of milliseconds,” promoting more precise and consistent handling.

Aston Martin’s ‘Super Tourer’ DB12 Delivers 500kW From A V8

Under the skin, structural stiffness has been increased with the aluminium structure upping torsional stiffness by seven percent as a result of changes made to the engine cross brace, front and rear undertrays, front crossmember, and rear bulkhead. The resultant effect allows for gains in suspension performance as well as steering feel and overall driving pleasure.

The newcomer is unmistakable as anything other than an Aston Martin, with the low-and-wide proportions and two-door design a signature of the British marque. Taking on an athletic, aggressive stance, the Aston Martin DB12 is equipped with a more muscular physique befitting of its powertrain.

Aston Martin’s ‘Super Tourer’ DB12 Delivers 500kW From A V8

An upsized grille dominates the front end, which also sees the addition of a new lighting signature and surface detailing on the swept-back headlights and smaller frameless wing mirrors. On the nose sits the newly revised Aston Martin wings logo, with the DB12 the first production car to bear the badge. 21-inch alloys complement the wide design while optimising the aerodynamic profile of the vehicle.

Aston Martin’s ‘Super Tourer’ DB12 Delivers 500kW From A V8

Step inside and you’ll find an entirely redesigned interior. The newcomer does away with the Mercedes-Benz infotainment system of its predecessor. In its place is an in-house—a first for the marque—system with dual 10.25-inch screens and Aston Martin-designed switchgear. Rounding it out is surround sound audio designed by leading British auditory icon Bowers & Wilkins.

The cabin itself takes on an opulent tone, designed with long journeys in mind. There’s the option for full Bridge of Weir leather or Alcantara upholstery; each outfitted with a new quilting pattern introduced for the DB12.

Aston Martin’s ‘Super Tourer’ DB12 Delivers 500kW From A V8

The release of the Aston Martin DB12 coincides with the marque’s 110th anniversary, as well as 75 years of the DB line.

“The latest addition to Aston Martin’s most illustrious bloodline, DB12 exemplifies the brand by boldly moving forward,” says Marek Reichman, Chief Creative Officer of Aston Martin. “Emphatically fresh yet unmistakably Aston Martin, DB12 defines the new breed of Super Tourer.”

First deliveries are slated to begin in Q3, 2023. While Aston Martin is yet to release pricing, it’s a safe bet to assume it’ll be a step up from the DB11, which starts at $382,000 (before ORC).


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David Charette has teamed up with CIRCU Magical Furniture to design spaces that capture the essence of childhood wonder.

Tue, May 21, 2024 4 min

This collaboration between David Charette, founder and principal of Britto Charette, and CIRCU Magical Furniture aims to stimulate the imaginations of children, encouraging them to invent their own tales of adventure. Drawing on his extensive travels, Charette believes that journeying through different cultures can spark creativity in young minds.

His latest venture uses a mix of luxury elements and magical themes, incorporating products from CIRCU, Covet House, and other vendors to create unique, enchanting children’s rooms. These spaces are designed to reflect the excitement and mystery of exploring new worlds.

The Sleeping are:

David Charette has transformed a Montreal residence into a magical sleeping area where time seems to pause, and adventures await. Known for its long, cold winters and short days, Montreal served as the perfect backdrop for Charette’s vision of a space that remains warm and bright throughout the year.

Central to the design is the concept of “light and bright,” brought to life using de Gournay‘s hand-painted wall coverings in fresh mint, decorated with flying butterflies. These elements beautifully complement the original shapes of the KOKET Nymph Wall Lamp and the organic curves of the CIRCU Tristen Bed.

Charette’s attachment to the Tristen Bed stems not only from its youthful appeal but also from its ergonomic design, which makes it easy for children to climb in and out of, enhancing both its functionality and charm.

The Bed:

Charette paired the modern lines of the bed with the unique design of the Boca do Lobo Wave Nightstand and the funky style of Delightfull’s Billy Table Lamp. By blending these contemporary pieces with the classic elements in the decor of this luxury kids’ room, Charette has crafted a unique space that breathes a natural breeze of inspiration into any child’s environment.

This combination not only adds aesthetic appeal but also stimulates the imagination, making the room a perfect sanctuary for creativity and dreams.

The seating area:

The room also includes a cozy seating area perfect for young readers. Centred around the CIRCU Dainty Armchair, this space is tailored for kids, with the chair’s delicate structure and elegant design enhancing the room’s charm. Its pink velvet upholstery adds a vibrant pop of color, enriching the room’s palette. To distinctly separate this reading corner from the rest of the sleeping area, Charette chose the Boca Do Lobo Gold Folding Screen from Covet House, which not only adds an element of privacy but also contributes a touch of sophistication to the space.

The Play and Study area:

David Charette aimed to create a space with an “Out of Africa” vibe to spark a child’s imagination and inspire a passion for lifelong adventures and travels. Drawing from fond memories of camping during his own childhood, Charette incorporated a Teepee Tent into the room’s design, allowing children to feel as they are camping in a forest right within their own bedroom.

This nature-inspired theme is beautifully complemented by the Fornasetti wall coverings from Cole & Son and the Filigree Cricket Wall Lamp, which are insect-shaped sconces by Boca do Lobo.

Adding to the ambiance, Charette notes, “The clouds on the ceiling further the idea of camping (in this case “glamping”) and dreaming, and the Circu Cloud Suspension lamps add to the dreamy camping vibe.”

To maintain this adventurous theme, Charette selected the CIRCU NODO Suspension Chair. It not only brings a hint of outdoor fun indoors with an elegant flair but also offers a comfy spot for kids to unwind and lose themselves in their favorite stories.

In his design, David Charette, of Britto Charette, focused on enhancing the sense of freedom and sparking children’s imaginations in their own space. He chose one of his favorite pieces from CIRCU, the Sky Desk, for its playful design and inspirational form. Shaped like an airplane, this desk not only becomes the central feature of playtime but also transforms homework into an exciting adventure. The unique design aims to captivate and motivate young minds, turning everyday tasks into a flight of imagination.

David Charette designed this luxury children’s room with the hope that it would inspire children to dream, play, and develop a deep respect for nature as they embark on their own adventures.

He crafted the room to be “transitional,” capable of evolving with a child from toddler years into adolescence. This design approach not only aims to create a lasting, imaginative space for children but also to show parents the value of investing in unique, high-quality pieces like those from Circu. These carefully chosen items stand out from mass-produced children’s designs, offering both aesthetic appeal and long-term utility.


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