Everyone knows that Aston Martin is one of the finest automotive brands to come out of England. The marque gets associated with prestige, style, and high-performance motoring. One of the newest models to combine all three of those features is the DB11.
First unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the DB11 is the firm’s most notable model since the DB9 model. Before the motor show unveiling, there were months of speculation over the new car. Some people were even lucky enough to spot test “mules” in the wild.
Today, the Aston Martin DB11 will be available to buy and drive home in a few months’ time. I had the privilege of taking out one of these new models for a test drive. Here’s why I think you will fall in love with this sporty GT:
It’s not a rehash of the DB9
All Aston Martin fans out there will know that the DB9 model first got unveiled in 2004. The DB11 is the model’s successor, as you may already know. But, one striking difference between the two models is the styling direction.
When you look at both cars from the front end, you might think they look similar. But, walk around the DB11 and it offers different styling to the outgoing model. Aston Martin is keen to refresh its design language after almost a decade. Let’s face it. All good grand tourer manufacturers won’t stick with the same styling. Aston Martin is no exception to that rule.
What that means for you, as a potential buyer, is that you end up with something new and fresh. Aston Martin wants people to know that the DB11 is the firm’s hottest model yet. Exploring the car’s exterior, it’s easy to see why many people agree with them.
The Aston Martin DB11 is no slouch
What’s lurking in the engine compartment of the Aston Martin DB11? The answer is simple: 600 horsepower derived from British engineering! The Aston Martin DB11 is the fastest and most powerful model the company has ever produced.
Designed at the firm’s headquarters in leafy Warwickshire, the engine is a twin-turbo V12. They say the car will do zero to 60 mph in a mere 3.8 seconds. Having performed the same controlled test myself, I can confirm this fact is correct.
One of the innovative features of the DB11’s V12 engine is cylinder deactivation. As you can imagine, you don’t need to use all twelve cylinders when you’re driving around town. Cylinder deactivation is a feature that helps cars save fuel and lower CO2 emissions.
So, not only is this a 200mph car, but it’s also an eco-friendly one too! Most carmakers are looking at ways to give their high-performance models the green treatment. Aston Martin is clearly setting a promising trend here with the DB11.
The Aston Martin DB11’s V12 engine gets coupled with an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox. These days, most sports cars and high-end models no longer come with manual transmissions. Today’s automatics are more efficient and still give drivers plenty of freedom and choice. They just don’t need to use archaic 19th-century technology to do so.
One thing I love about the ZF gearbox is that it offers a plethora of driving modes. It’s an electronically controlled unit. That means one can adjust the gearbox to their driving style.
It boasts improved handling over the DB9
In the past, I’ve driven a few DB9 models. One thing that becomes apparent with the DB11 is the better road handling setup. For a start, it features some grippy car tyres and lightweight alloy wheels. The suspension is perhaps the component that offers the biggest improvement.
As standard, the Aston Martin DB11 comes with dynamic torque vectoring. It also features a new electric power steering system. What does that all mean for you as a driver? Well, steering decisions are more precise and razor-sharp. Plus, you can go around corners at high speed without fear of the rear end sliding out!
It’s a refreshing alternative to German grand tourers
Brands like Audi and Mercedes-Benz offer an array of coupes for the discerning motorist. But, as much as I rate them, there’s one thing that annoys me about German cars. They just seem to copy each other in one way or another!
For me, one of the big selling points of the Aston Martin DB11 is that it offers a refreshing alternative. And that is something the British car brand hopes will tempt motorists over to the marque!
Be sure to check out the Aston Martin DB11 at your local dealership when it goes on sale.