Aston Martin DB11 AMR: The GT goes racing
Time to say goodbye to the Aston Martin DB11 V12. Here is its replacement, the more focused DB11 AMR.
Well that was short! After only two years on the market, the DB11 V12 is being replaced by... a new V12 DB11. This is not a facelift, but a technical evolution. In 2018, Aston Martin introduced a new sportier line in their range dubbed AMR, for Aston Martin Racing. Based near the Nürburgring in Germany, this special department normally focused on race cars, up until Aston Martin decided they could also tweak their road-going vehicles, just like BMW's M division. Here we have it then, the DB11 AMR.
You are now probably asking yourself this question: Why not keep both the DB11 V12 and the DB11 AMR in the catalogue at the same time? Apparently the V8 and early V12 DB11s were too similar in terms of performances, hence the improved V12. Now the engine produces 639 horsepower, will reach a top speed of 335 km/h and will go from 0 to 100 km/h in only 3.7 seconds. These are big numbers and the performance figures are undoubtedly a big improvement compared to the prior version. The big GT has put its sports pants on!
We would like to thank Aston Martin Geneva and Pegasus Automotive Group for providing us with this beautiful Aston Martin DB11. Without them, this article would have never been possible. Aston Martin Geneva has one of the most beautiful dealerships in Switzerland. From "regular" Aston Martins to One-77s, Zagatos and more vintage cars, they seem to have it all. And did we forget to mention that there is a part of the showroom dedicated to Rolls-Royce and Koenigsegg?
Back to the Aston Martin DB11 AMR. When we first saw this DB11, we immediately thought that the overall exterior design of the car was very similar to the one of the prior version. And that's a positive thing because the DB11 is arguably one of the most beautiful cars on the road today. It's all about sportiness and classiness. Some elements like the exhaust tips, wheels, aero blades and headlights have been finished in black to make it look meaner. Overall, I think the DB11 still looks amazing after two years on the road. Same story inside, where it is pretty much like the "old" DB11. Yet, you get reminded, here and there, that this car received the special "AMR" treatment thanks to embroideries on the seats and a nice little plate on the door sills. I also like how this particular car has been specced with forged carbon fibre on the dashboard and on the doors. Certainly, it is not to everyone's liking, and some have mentioned that it looks marble, but I think that it suits the sporty philosophy of the car rather nicely. Additionally, there is extensive use of Alcantara, especially on the steering wheel which, again, makes you feel like you are in a true sports car. The infotainment has always been an Aston Martin's weakest point, but thanks to a little help from Mercedes-Benz it is now up to standards. Unfortunately, the German carmaker doesn't provide Aston Martin with its latest tech, therefore you get stuck with the prior generation. The result is a system that works just fine but feels a bit old compare to what you would find in a Porsche 992, for example. Moreover, the dashboard barely has any physical knobs on it. Which is fascinating since I would assume that most of the people who will buy this car are part of the older generation who might get disoriented by such technologies. I am a 90's kid, but even for me, I found the whole dashboard to be a bit overcharged and counterintuitive. There is a CD slot though.
With the DB11 AMR, it's not only about having more horsepower, the car had to be better. With this AMR, Aston Martin wanted to create the performance flagship of the DB11 brand. You get quicker gearbox shifts from the revised transmission, the new exhaust tune brings more crackles and pops (extremely fun and addictive) and the handling is on point. Yet, you would be wrong to think that this car is like the 911 GT3 RS of Aston Martin. Here, the name AMR is here to show that the car is sportier and it clearly brings more credibility to the brand. We do not really know where Aston Martin is taking AMR, but the future looks promising. I bet a track-oriented stripped out version of the DB11 would be fun. But for the moment, we stick with a car that just has a bit more character.
But thinking that this is just another old rich man's lazy GT would be totally wrong. The DB11 AMR likes to have fun. Push the gas pedal too optimistically and the rear will start to dance and show you what it means to lose control. Yes, it's amusing, but you still need to respect the car. It's true that the plush interior makes you kind of forget that you are in a car that can go from 0 to 100 km/h in only 3.7 seconds and reach a top speed of over 330 km/h, but that's also the beauty of it. Learn how to tame it and you will discover an amazingly balanced car that has excellent driving dynamics. We mainly took the car on small windy mountain roads and we found the DB11 AMR to be pretty agile. Astonishing for such a big and heavy car (4.74 meters long for 1870 kg, it's a GT after all...).
To conclude, we wanted to talk about the price... $241'000 base price. This particular car has over $40K of options, and it seems that, even for a press car, they did not go crazy with the specs. Yes, it's expensive but this is Aston Martin's world, what did you expect? The car is finished in this superb Hammerhead Silver Metallic paint that is purely British and the interior is all about the colour black. Personally, I think I would have gone more crazy with the colour scheme if I had to configure my own but I could not complain about the car I received. The black accents on top of that silver paint superbly showcase the sporty character of the DB11 AMR. It is always complicated to find downsides about Aston Martins. Especially, when they are as beautifully conceived as the DB11 AMR. Once again, Aston Martin are showing us that they can do cool stuff. It seems that they have successfully broken away from the "grandfather's car" image. Now, they want to go racing and show the world what they are capable of. With the DB11 AMR, it is only the beginning and we can't wait to see the rest.
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I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Aston Martin Geneva and Pegasus Automobile Group, situated in Nyon, for giving me the opportunity to review and shoot this car. Website: www.astonmartingeneva.ch and www.prestigemotorgroup.ch. Instagram: www.instagram.com/astonmartingeneva/
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