When you hear the name Aston Martin what comes into your mind? Power, class, performance, gorgeous looking, style, quality, panache or maybe even James Bond? Well apart from the latter, the new DB11 has all the other attributes and more. Aston Martin has really moved into the 21st century with their latest model.
As a company, Aston Martin has had its fair share of problems, particularly in the financial area. It is the only independent car manufacturer left in Great Britain, and now it is looking for stability. This will include the introduction of new models and even the use of new technology with electric propulsion planned for the future.
While the company is going through this transition, it has created the very latest in the DB series, and this car pushes out 600 horsepower that is developed from a twin turbo V12 engine. The car has been totally redesigned and is a far cry from previous DB series models. The architecture of the car is now aluminium, which makes it stiffer and lighter, so handling is vastly improved. The design, as always, is very striking.
Under the clamshell hood is the power plant that delivers all of the performance. A 5.2 liter, V12 engine with 516 lb – ft torque that has been designed in house and is twin turbocharged. These turbos are the very first to be installed on a production Aston Martin. The engine is coupled with an automatic eight speed transaxle.
When the DB11 is cruising it will run as a straight six which is much better for fuel economy. It cycles the active cylinder bank so that catalytic convertor temperatures are maintained. The performance of the car is very impressive, with a 200 miles per hour top speed and a 0 – 60 mph time of just 3.9 seconds.
New Aerodynamic Enhancement
To make the Aston Martin DB11 more stable at speed, there are a number of new aerodynamic enhancement features that are hard to see on the surface. At the base of the C Pillar, which is where the roofline meets the body, there are air intakes which channel air to a slot which is on the top of the deck lid, and there is a small Gurney flap which will be raised after 90m mph is reached.
The new aerodynamic system is called "AeroBlade" and it is really a virtual spoiler, which is designed to reduce any lift when moving at high speeds. This is typical of the Aston Martin approach; other manufacturers would just have added a large wing and left it at that
Inside The Car
Aston Martin have an ongoing partnership with AMG, and because of this the interior of the car is very “Benz” looking. Not that this is a bad thing of course. The center console and switchgear as well as the infotainment system are all borrowed from AMG. They certainly look the part though. Everything is much improved on the old British auto electrics standard.
The interior is covered in leather which smells just great. The seats are really comfortable and the upholstery is really fine. There is a motorized central arm rest and motorized storage bin lid.
The instruments in the car are TFT and there is an 8 inch display screen located in the middle of the dashboard. You can have automated parking as an option and a 1000 watt audio system from Bang and Olufsen as well.
This is one of the most glamorous models that Aston Martin has produced. The new DB11 is two inches longer than its predecessor and the wheelbase is 2.6 inches longer and an inch wider than the DB9 model
There is a low roof that has a graceful dip into the rear fenders which are flared. When you see the car it looks like it has big hips, but it is really stylish. It has a fastback silhouette that is clean looking, and the long hood and strong lines complete the cars beauty.
What About New Aston Martin DB11 Prices?
The base price of the new DB11 will be a cool $214,820. If you want customization and extras then be prepared to shell out quite a bit more. It shouldn’t be too difficult to find an Aston Martin for sale. The new Aston Martin DB11 for sale in the USA will be much sought after, so you had better get your order in quickly.