For the first time in many years, we find ourselves in front of a new new Aston Martin. Not an old new car like we're usually used to. It marks a brand new chapter for the iconic British brand, 13 years after the DB9. Through the years, the DB9 had a numerous variances like the sporty DBS, the 4-door Rapide, the in-betweener Virage, the droptop Volante, or the final Vanquish. So we can expect the DB11's structure to persevere for more than a decade and go through all sorts of evolutions. But is the DB11 a good starting point? Or is the brand heading to chapter 11?
A brand new look for the 11
So this is the Aston Martin DB11. It's a brand new car, with a brand new structure and engine. Yet, the philosophy hasn't changed a bit. It looks like an Aston Martin but most importantly it drives like one. Just like its predecessor, the DB9, the DB11 is a GT. So it's main job is to go fast, be comfortable and make you feel special. We remember Evo magazine stating that the DB9 did not seem to be finished properly when it came out in 2003. Here, it is a different story. Immediately, you get a sense that this car feels more accomplished. The craftsmanship is, as always, superb and the interior is doubled-layered in leather. That's because it's an Aston Martin. For the first time, the infotainment is now provided by Mercedes-Benz. The system feels a bit old but it's a big step ahead for Aston.
Have they put a lot of effort into this car? The answer is yes. Let's start with the engine. The new 5.2 liter V12 is now fitted with two turbochargers. It develops 608hp and will accelerate from 0-100 km/h in only 3.9 seconds. As mentioned above, it is a very fast car, and you expect it to reach 322 km/h. So, great performances, but what's up with these turbochargers? You would really need a post-it on the dashboard to remind you they are here. The turbo lag is simply inexistent and even the sound of the exhaust camouflages them really well. The car weights around the same as the DB9 despite a design that looks like it has been shaped by the wind. The body features several functional air intakes that help channel the air through the car and provide down-force. Also, the chassis is probably one of the best Aston Martin has ever developed. Yet, it's not that sporty, and the dampers feel a little too soft. The result is a car more comfortable than the competition. So if you wanted something a bit more agile, go with an F12. All in all, the future looks bright for forthcoming sportier models. Finally, the price. Awww that's a painful one. The Launch Edition model can reach nearly CHF 300'000.-! Yeah, that's expensive.
Yes, this might be Aston Martin's most important car ever. It defines the future of the brand. Mercedes-Benz acquired 5% of the company, and the collaboration is going to go further than simply providing electronics. The DB11 is also equipped, since summer 2017, with a new V8 that directly comes from AMG. Don't worry, it still sounds like a proper Aston. But does this mean that we could expect the company to go in the same direction as Lamborghini? Having German engineering with an Italian passion? In the end, Lamborghini has never sold as many cars and their lineup works pretty well. We hope Aston Martin will manage to make the same move. Getting rid of the annoying little quirks while keeping the essence of the brand. A German reliability associated with British spirit, that might just be the destiny of Aston Martin.
Aston Martin DB11
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