Aston Martin has confirmed the all-new Aston Martin DBX will use a permanent all-wheel drive system, but there are now hints a 'drift mode' could be fitted to help differentiate it from its competitors.
Speaking exclusively to CarAdvice, Aston Martin senior manager of vehicle dynamics, Ian Hartley, suggested the brand is looking into implementing a feature like drift mode to give the DBX a competitive edge.
"It's not a difficult question really," he said, asked about drift mode for the DBX.
"It's a 'never-say-never' thing... Who wouldn't want to see a drift mode? I am all for drift mode."
While Hartley wouldn't confirm what engine the DBX will use, we know it's likely to be the twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine currently used in the Vantage.
Shared with Mercedes-Benz, the Aston Martin version of this engine produces 375kW of power and 685Nm of torque, and will likely be mated to a permanent all-wheel drive system capable of varying torque splits.
"It's four-wheel drive, but we might be able to vary rear, or front to rear," Hartley said.
This comment suggests that the brand will be able to employ an adjustable all-wheel drive system potentially capable of sending all its power to the rear axle, backed by a mechanical or brake-based torque vectoring system.
Despite the popularity of drift mode in hatches and sedans, we're yet to see a system like this implemented in an SUV – could Aston Martin be the first?