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We speak to the man in charge of crafting the exterior of Aston's 715bhp supercar

Prior to the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera's reveal, we caught up with exterior design chief Miles Nurnberger to find out where the car's design comes from, and where it fits amid Aston Martin's growing range of cars.

Where does this car sit in Aston Martin’s line-up? 

“It’s a much more focused place in that GT-but-still-comfortable territory.”

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What are you doing to differentiate each new Aston Martin?

“A lot of it comes from the grille and the lights, the eyes of the car. We looked back a bit to cars like the DB3 and DB4: we never want to be retro, but we want to capture that spirit.”

What’s the focus of the DBS Superleggera?

“I describe my job as taking words and defining 3D shapes out of them. We define cars as characters, and they have to fit in the Aston Martin ‘story’. This is the ‘brute in suit’: if you look at the form and muscle on the bonnet, there’s that Incredible Hulk stretch going on under the skin.”

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Did you take any design cues from the original 1960s DBS Superleggera?

“It’s more the spirit than the style. The name looks fantastic on the hood of our cars, and the meaning was there. We want to be romantic but never retro.”

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James is Autocar's acting magazine editor. Having served in that role since June 2023, he is in charge of the day-to-day running of the world's oldest car magazine, and regularly interviews some of the biggest names in the industry to secure news and features, such as his world exclusive look into production of Volkswagen currywurst. Really.

Before first joining Autocar in 2017, James spent more than a decade in motorsport journalist, working on Autosport,, F1 Racing and Motorsport News, covering everything from club rallying to top-level international events. He also spent 18 months running Move Electric, Haymarket's e-mobility title, where he developed knowledge of the e-bike and e-scooter markets. 

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TheSaintmobile 27 June 2018

This has to 007 next Car in

This has to 007 next Car in Bond 25.

Speedraser 26 June 2018

4) Autocar, get your history

4) Autocar, get your history straight: there was no "original 1960s DBS Superleggera." Superleggera construction already ended by the time the DBS arrived (the DB6 had only a little of it). Also, since in another article Autocar wrote that the Superleggera name was reserved for high-performance models, please know that is completely untrue.

Speedraser 26 June 2018

1) The mouth is too big.

1) The mouth is too big.

2) PUT THE WINGS BACK ON THE BACK AND GET RID OF THE LETTERING. What a stupid thing to do -- is this change for change's sake???

3) I hope it's great to drive.