Aston Martin’s DB11 is said to be the most significant new model since the launch of the DB9 in 2003.
Aston Martin has huge expectations on the DB11. This is the vehicle, according to CEO Andy Palmer, that will “spearhead Aston Martin’s second century plan.” The car is, Palmer says, not just “the most important car that Aston Martin has launched in recent history, but also in its 103-year existence.” The goal? Stay competitive with the likes of Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren. Let’s take a closer look.
The new 5.2 litre is complete blank-sheet redesign. With the help of a pair of turbos, the V12 produces an even 600 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. Look for future DB11 variants to produce even more power.
Floating roof arch
It’s an aluminum extrusion that allows the customer to have a black, body colour or bright upper body, and that really changes the car’s character.
Designed by Bridgestone, the tyres go by the codename of S007. They asked me what I wanted to call them, so I said 007. It’s one of my favourite things.
The DB11 is the replacement for the Vanquish, which was built on the company’s VH platform. The VH chassis was first used by the DB9 way back in 2004. Likewise, the V12 is new too. It replaces the previous V12, which was developed while Aston was part of Ford’s Premium Auto Group, and was basically two fused-together Ford V6s.
The grille is definitive and is as distinctive as the DB5’s, while the bonnet is a simple one-piece pressing. The clamshell design hinges forward and by using the side strakes we have been able to reduce the number of shutlines – so fewer lines to interrupt the form and the beauty.