- Aston Martin DB11

Aston Martin DB11: A Timeless Classic

The DB11 is the latest in a long line of exquisitely beautiful Aston Martins- so what makes it so different?

Aston Martin know how to design a car- just look at the DB9, or the Vantage. But I think the DB11 might just be their greatest piece of work yet- in fact, for my money, it's the second most beautiful car in the world. Armed with either a 5.2 litre V12, or a 4 litre V8, this 600hp machine is no slouch. Obviously, the V12 gives it more grunt- 0-60 in 3.8 seconds, and a top speed of 200mph compared to 4 seconds flat and 187mph with the V8. It's not heavy either, with a kerb weight of 1875 kg for the V12, and 1760 kg for the V8.

Aston Martin DB11, V8 version

Aston Martin DB11, V8 version

In fact, in addition to the regular coupé V8/V12 DB11s, Aston Martin have also produced the Volante, a convertible model- which, as you can imagine, is gorgeous. The Volante, however, only comes with the V8, and is a shade slower to 60 than the original, at 4.1 seconds- not too shabby for a car that weighs 110 kg more.

Aston Martin DB11 Volante.

Aston Martin DB11 Volante.

And if all that wasn't enough, in 2018 they released one final model of the DB11 called the AMR- an even quicker version of the V12, at 0-60 in 3.5 seconds (!), and a top speed standing at a staggering 208mph.

Aston Martin DB11 AMR.

Aston Martin DB11 AMR.

So this car is quick, extremely beautiful, and fairly light. Downsides? Some may pick a bone with its interior, but I personally like it. Though in truth, interior wouldn't be my top priority if choosing a car. It is also sad to think that due to global warming, V12s may soon be consigned to the history books- removing an integral piece of the DB11's personality along the way. So let's enjoy it while we still can.

Ultimately, my view of the DB11 is that in 20/30 years time we will see this car as an all-time classic- elegance and luxury personified. I am also of the opinion that its successor, the DBS, has failed to live up to the high bar set by the DB11- which goes to show just what a magnificent car it is. A piece of art that would not look out of place in the Louvre alongside other great masterpieces.

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