Aston Martin’s current lineup of cars is undoubtedly showing its age, with some of their models nearing over a decade old, such as the DB9. But have no fear or worry, as its placement is finally here. Meet the all-new, still sexy-as-ever, Aston Martin DB11.
As expected from a replacement for the DB9, the new DB11 is more a grand tourer than a hard-edged sports car, like its smaller and less expensive siblings. But this shouldn’t be noted as a drawback since the DB11 still retains its good looks. This is thanks to heavy inspiration from the one-off built specifically for James Bond, the DB10 coupe, and the insane Vulcan.
But the DB11 isn’t all about show with no go, as Aston claims this is the most powerful and the quickest DB model ever made.
With a statement like that, we shall look at the specs. Sticking with Aston’s desire to keep the 12-cylinder alive, the DB11 still employs the sort, though this time, Aston gave its new V12 the ability to displace 5.2L of forced-induced internal combustion, thanks to two new turbochargers.
The result is 600hp and a nicely supportive 516 lb-ft of twist and a 0-62 time of just 3.9 seconds and a top speed of the usual 200 MPH deal. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic with a mechanical limited-slip differential.
In addition to the new force-fed 12-cylinder, the DB11 also gets a significant rework underneath, from a new chassis and suspension design netting in a pretty sizeable weight reduction over the previous DB9. The new DB11 weighs 3,902lbs with 51/49 front/rear weight distribution. It sounds a bit porky, but in comparison to the DB9’s original 4,058lbs, it’s a decent amount lighter.
The body also features special design bits, such as specially placed gills in the wheel wells to reduce aerodynamic drag around the wheel arches and reduce lift at the front axle. There are some similar treatments at the back, such as the company’s patented “AeroBlade,” which basically is a fancy name for the “virtual spoiler effect” coming from the air intakes uniquely placed at the base of the C-pillars for better downforce.
Prices are expected to start at $211,995 here int he US, though deliveries wont’ commence until the end of the this year.
– By: Chris Chin