From DB7 to DBX

Aston Martin and BILSTEIN: A Success Story

Our long-standing collaboration with Aston Martin dates back to the 1990s. At that time, as part of our development cooperation with the company based in Warwickshire (England), we produced the shock absorbers for the legendary DB7, which revived the traditional type designation DB at Aston Martin. A track record: The Aston Martin DB7 was the most successful model of the sports car manufacturer until the V8 Vantage.

BILSTEIN Key Account Manager Norbert Müller still remembers the beginnings of the cooperation: “Driving on English country roads with an Aston Martin developer for the first time was a great experience”. The engineer has worked for us for around 30 years and has been the central contact person for all matters relating to Aston Martin right from the very start.

After a creative break, we succeeded in relaunching Aston Martin with a technological innovation in 2007. “With Aston Martin’s wish for an adjustable shock absorber, we were back in,” recalls Norbert Müller with some pride. Our adjustable shock absorbers BILSTEIN DampTronic® I – at that time the first choice for sports cars due to their integrated, continuously adjustable damping system – were used in the DBS (from October 2007), the V8 Vantage (from January 2008) and the DB9 (from March 2008). Since then we are supplier for all vehicles of Aston Martin.

“It is a very, very pleasant cooperation at arm’s length, a genuine partnership,” Norbert reveals. When asked why the cooperation between Aston Martin and BILSTEIN is so successful, the engineer has a concise but convincing answer: “We have the right product, we can always react flexibly to customer requirements and see ourselves as a partner for the customer”.

At the end of 2019 a new era is dawning for Aston Martin. The British sports car manufacturer will launch its first SUV on the market. The “DBX” is also the first Aston Martin with air suspension. Thus, the specialists for exclusive and particularly noble sports cars are breaking new ground with the SUV. We are proud to be able to support them with our BILSTEIN DampTronic® sky shock absorbers – our high-performance solution in the range of the adjustable shock absorbers.

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