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The big news in Formula One this week is that four-time World Champion and Aston Martin racing driver Sebastian Vettel will retire after this season. But now that he’s giving up single-seaters and saying he wants to spend some time with his family, there is one Aston Martin SUV that will seat five but still has the power that a guy who is used to driving 200 miles per hour will appreciate. We’d expect an Aston Martin DBX707 to show up in Vettel’s German garage soon.

How much will the Aston Martin DBX707 cost?

A Blue 2023 Aston Martin DBX707
2023 Aston Martin DBX707 | Aston Martin

Hold your breath for a second: the Aston Martin DBX is a $239,000 SUV. For a multi-millionaire race driver like Sebastian Vettel, that’s chump change. However, that puts this SUV in some rare and expensive company, with the Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus. Though it carries the premium Aston name, it’s actually about the same price as a Urus, but more powerful. The 707 is surely designed to compete with Ferrari’s new SUV.

What is the DBX707 based on?

2022 Aston Martin DBX
2022 Aston Martin DBX | Aston Martin

The “normal,” if you can call a $185,000 SUV normal, DBX is a stunner. But the DBX707 takes the DBX and adds a bunch of performance upgrades. The 707 gets a new turbo engine, nine-speed wet-clutch gearbox, and giant carbon brakes (like an F1 car). Aston says it upgraded the engine “to liberate more power and torque,” but added an electronic differential to make sure that power gets to the asphalt, along with a new suspension.

How much horsepower does DBX707 have?

2023 Aston MArtin DBX707
Aston Martin DBX707 | Aston Martin

The name says it all for the DBX707: it has 707 metric horsepower, or PS. That number is used by many European manufacturers and in most cases, PS and hp numbers are about the same. But, as the numbers get bigger that means the difference does, too. So, the DBX707 has about 697 American horsepower, but that still means it’s the most powerful SUV you can drive off a dealer lot. Aston is delivering first DBX707s to owners now.

This Aston has a Mercedes AMG engine

The 2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG SL 55 luxury performance roadster European Spec. model
2022 Mercedes-AMG SL 55 Roadster | MBUSA

Though the DBX carries the Aston Martin name, it hides a 4.0-liter V8 built by Mercedes Benz, according to Car and Driver. The new engine makes 155 more horsepower than the V8 in the already impressive DBX thanks to new turbos “liberating” power from the V8. While many expected Aston to drop a V12 in the DBX, like in its fancy sports cars, the V8 allows for better balance.

Sebastian Vettel announced his retirement this week

Sebastian Vettel with his F1 race car and a vintage Mercedes.
Sebastian Vettel of the Aston Martin F1 Team poses for a photo with his 2022 Aston Martin AMR22 Mercedes and the 1922 Aston Martin TT1 | Clive Rose Getty Images

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Vettel made his F1 debut in 2007 and with Red Bull he won the World Championship in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. He then raced for Ferrari until 2021 when he switched to Aston Martin. At Aston and Ferrari he never saw the success he did at Red Bull, but he did become a mentor to many younger drivers on the grid.

“The decision to retire has been a difficult one for me to take and I have spent a lot of time thinking about it; at the end of the year I want to take some more time to reflect on what I will focus on next” Vette said in a statement on the Aston Martin F1 team site. “I want to spend more time with my family. But today is not about saying goodbye.” It certainly sounds like he needs a DBX707 to carry the family.