After what feels like years of hints, teasers and leaks, the new Aston Martin DB11 has finally been unveiled in all its glory.
And it is glorious. Well, we think so. And unmistakably an Aston Martin. But it isn’t just a pretty face. There’s some very clever aerodynamics at work, too. The side strakes, for instance, conceal a vent that releases pressure from the wheelarches. And intakes at the base of each C-pillar feed air to a vent in the bootlid which creates the same effect as a spoiler.
The DB11’s styling and aero trickery sets the template for the entire next generation of Astons. They will also use various iterations of the DB11’s all-new, bonded aluminium platform. According to Aston, the chassis, suspension, steering and electronics have been “re-imagined,” it’s believed with input from technical partner AMG.
Electric power steering, adaptive damping and torque vectoring by braking feature, while the driver can switch between GT, Sport and Sport Plus driving modes. Aston claims the DB11 provides “exemplary ride comfort and true sports car agility.”
Aston does acknowledge input from Daimler on the interior. The new and deeply handsome dashboard architecture houses a 12in TFT instrument/vehicle info display and an 8in TFT infotainment system in the centre console. Mercedes’ touchpad controller is available as an option – it also supports gesture control.
There’s more interior space, particularly for rear occupants. It’s reasonably practical too, with a 270 litre boot and ISOFIX child seat mounts. Driver aids include park assist and a 360-degree birds-eye view camera.
Power comes from a new 5.2-litre, twin-turbo V12 engine – designed and built in-house – producing 600bhp and 516lb/ft. Enough to tear chunks of Tarmac from the road. 0-62mph takes 3.9secs, while top speed is a round 200mph.
It was thought the DB11 would be available with a manual gearbox, but the information we have so far specifies an eight-speed ZF automatic. Maybe a manual option will come later.
“This is not only the most important car that Aston Martin has launched in recent history, but also in its 103-year existence,” said Aston boss Andy Palmer. “The DB11 rightfully places Aston Martin once again as a leading brand in the luxury automotive sector.” We won’t argue the point.
Deliveries are due to start towards the end of this year. Prices start at £154,900.
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By Only Motors