The Aston Martin DB11 has been unveiled at the 86th International Geneva Motor Show. This is the first new car created under the company’s ‘Second Century’ plan, a dynamic sporting GT in the finest Aston Martin tradition!
The DB11 showcases a fresh and distinctive design which includes pioneering aerodynamics and is powered by a new in-house designed 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine. Built upon a new lighter, stronger and more space efficient bonded aluminium structure, the DB11 is the most powerful, most efficient and most dynamically gifted DB model in Aston Martin’s history, making it the most significant new Aston Martin since the introduction of the DB9 in 2003.
Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer, Dr Andy Palmer said: “We aspire to make the most beautiful cars in the world. DB11 is the absolute embodiment of what an Aston Martin should be and we have worked tirelessly to ensure that DB11 combines both exceptional design with the latest technology throughout. A brand new bonded aluminium platform, clever aerodynamics, a new characterful twin-turbo V12 and class-leading infotainment systems are just a few aspects which make this the sports car that will proudly spearhead Aston Martin’s second century plan.”
This new design from Aston Martin includes the front-hinging clamshell bonnet, distinctive LED headlights and accentuated lines of the iconic Aston Martin grille. If you look at the profile you will see the roof strakes that flow from A-pillar to C-pillar. These clean lines continue at the rear, with a sloping decklid that smoothly blends into boldly sculpted tail-lights to create a new and unmistakable graphic.
Front-end lift is reduced by the gill-like Curlicue which releases high-pressure air from inside the wheel arch via a concealed vent within the redesigned side-strake – reminding us of the TVR Sagaris!. Rear-end lift is reduced by the Aston Martin AeroBladeTM; a virtual spoiler fed by discreet air intakes located at the base of each C-pillar. Air is ducted through the bodywork, before venting as a jet of air from the aperture in the rear decklid.
As with the DB9 the DB11 also has a V12 under the bonnet, although unlike any Aston Martin before it, this engine is a 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged V12. Designed in-house this new engine develops 608PS1 (600BHP1) and 700Nm1 of torque, making DB11 the most powerful production DB model ever. It has a top speed of 200 mph and a 0-62 mph time of just 3.9 seconds.
This new twin-turbo V12 engine and the DB11’s chassis, suspension, steering and electronics can all be modified through multiple driver-selectable dynamic modes – GT, Sport and Sport Plus. These settings progressively intensify the response of the engine, 8-speed automatic ZF transmission, the new electric power steering and Torque Vectoring by braking while increasing the firmness of the adaptive damping for a greater sense of agility.
You’ll find the latest technology in the Aston Martin the DB11 developed in conjunction with technical partner, Daimler AG. The cabin provides a environment of the finest quality and hand craftsmanship. Using a full-colour 12” TFT LCD display, the all-new instrument cluster presents primary vehicle information with absolute clarity, while a second, centrally-mounted 8” TFT screen is dedicated to infotainment.
Controlled via an intuitive rotary control, with an optional touchpad offering character recognition, multi-touch and gesture support, the new satellite navigation and audio system have never been more effective, sounded better or been easier to operate. A newly implemented auto-park assist feature and 360-degree birds-eye view camera helps provide safe maneuvering at slow speeds and is also operated via the car’s infotainment system.
The DB11 has wider door apertures, significantly increased passenger space, especially head and legroom in the rear, fully integrated rear ISOFIX mounting points for a pair of child seats plus a luggage compartment large enough to accommodate two large holdalls plus carry-on baggage.
Dr Andy Palmer said: ““This is not only the most important car that Aston Martin has launched in recent history, but also in its 103-year existence. The DB11 rightfully places Aston Martin once again as a leading brand in the luxury automotive market”.
Recommended Retail Price from £154,900 in the UK including a 5-year servicing plan, €204,900 in Germany and $211,995 in USA. First deliveries of the DB11 car are scheduled to begin during the fourth quarter of 2016.