Aston Martin has officially taken the covers off the new Aston Martin DB11 at the Geneva Motor Show 2016. The new sports car marks the first product released under a new company plan. It comes with a new aluminium engine, a fresh design and interior.
The Aston Martin DB-series has always been about front engined Grand Tourers and the DB11 is no different. The bodywork includes a front-hinged clamshell bonnet, LED headlights and wider door openings. The design is tighter than ever before, although the distinctive Aston Martin shape remains clear to see. The design lines are sharper and the two-tone roof gives the DB11 a distinct look.
The rear-end gets an Aston Martin AeroBlade- a virtual spoiler fed by discreet air intakes at the base of each C-pillar. The spoiler directs air to the rear decklid, reducing lift. The rear lights are also worth pointing out, inspired by Aston Martin’s Vulcan project no doubt.
The Aston Martin DB11 gets an in-house designed 5.2 litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine. Power is rated at 608 hp and 700 Nm of torque. Quite simply, the Aston Martin DB11 is the fastest DB-series model ever built. Performance is in line with the power figures, the DB11 manages 0-100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds with a top speed 320 km/h. Efficiency is improved with stop-star and cylinder bank shut down technology.
The Aston Martin DB11 gets multiple driver-selectable dynamic modes – GT, Sport and Sport Plus. The steering is electric and torque vectoring help increase agility. The gearbox is the familiar 8-speed automatic ZF transmission.
Inside, Aston Martin’s technical partnership with Daimler is clear with a full-colour 12 inch TFT LCD display and an all-new instrument cluster key components. A second centrally-mounted 8 inch TFT screen takes control of the infotainment while the rotary control and optional touchpad are also Daimler sourced. The DB11 gets an auto-park assist feature and 360-degree birds-eye view camera too.
Compared to the DB9, the DB11 gets more occupant space including rear head and legroom. ISOFIX mounting points are a key feature in the rear while the luggage compartment is large enough to accommodate two large holdalls. Interior options include Nexus quilting and Celestial perforation with ornate leatherwork, such as intricate brogue detailing also possible.
The Aston Martin DB11 will be delivered to customers during the fourth quarter of 2016. Its recommended retail price is £154,900 in the UK, €204,900 in Germany and $211,995 in USA.