Introducing the Aston Martin DB11
The 'DB' moniker has been a strong presence in Aston Martin's history and recognises businessman, David Brown, who bought Aston Martin and Lagonda in the late 1940s. In essence, Brown transformed the British car maker into the desirable worldwide brand they are today.
Models, such as the iconic DB5 and original DBS, were all born during Brown's period of ownership. And although Brown sold the company in the early 1970s, his name was revived when Aston Martin released the DB7 in the 1990s. The success of the DB7 warranted an heir, which came in the form of the utterly sensational DB9.
In 2017, Aston Martin released the natural evolution of the DB9, which resulted in the creation of the DB11. Bridging the gap between the agile Vantage and the muscular DBS Superleggera, the DB11 continues the 'DB' story in truly spectacular fashion.
The 4.0-litre V8 offers an incredible amount of power, with 503 bhp that propels the Aston Martin DB11 to 62 mph in only 4.0 seconds and onto a top speed of 187 mph.
The V8 engine is 115 kg lighter than the V12 unit that can be selected. The engine has been mounted as low as possible to achieve a lower centre-of-gravity, which enhances an already dynamic driving experience.
At first glance, the glorious DB11 V8 shape looks to be near identical to the V12, but a few minor styling cues let you know it's a V8. Gazing at the front of the car, you will notice the V8 bonnet contains only two vents, whereas the V12 uses four. Unique alloy wheel designs are adopted on the V8, along with darker headlight bezels.
DB11 V8 Volante
The main difference between the Volante and the normal DB11 is the addition of a canvas roof. At the touch of a button, the roof will lower itself in 14 seconds and can close again in just 16 seconds. This can be achieved at speeds of up to 31 mph.
The roof consists of eight thick layers of fabric, which convincingly drowns out road noise at a variety of speeds. The Volante has reworked rear suspension that has been stiffened to ensure the car retains its sporty characteristics.
V8 Volante shares the same silky smooth 4.0-litre V8 as the coupe. The real performance reveals itself in the sheer amount of torque produced; regardless of what gear the car is in, there is immense pulling power, making the Volante an effortless drop-top GT car.
Under the bonnet is a 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine that produces a potent 600 bhp and 516 lb/ft, which is enough to launch the DB11 to 62 mph in just 3.9 seconds. Impressively, the car will keep pulling all the way to the 200 mph mark with ease. Making swift progress is incredibly easy thanks to the 8-speed automatic gearbox.
As you would expect from a modern Aston Martin, refinement is class-leading. Regardless of the speed you are doing, the interior is silent. The V12 engine is completely unstressed at any speed, and the incredibly smooth chassis irons out any imperfections on the road.
The interior is a fantastic place to be, with plush materials featuring prominently throughout. The stunning 8-inch multimedia setup is crisp and efficient, making for a welcome companion on any long-distance escapade.
DB11 V12 AMR
The undisputed King of the DB11 range. This model utilises an upgraded version of the regular V12 and produces a staggering 630 bhp. Headline figures are strong; 0-62 mph takes 3.5 seconds while the top speed is 208 mph.
To accommodate the hike in power, firmer bushes have been used in the rear subframe, while the dampers have been stiffened by ten per cent on all corners. Despite the changes made that have transformed the DB11 V12 into a more sporting car, it has not lost the qualities that make it a class-leading grand tourer.
The quality inside is in a league of its own. The brogue leather on the door, unparalleled stitching quality, and copious amounts of sound deadening all contribute towards making the AMR a sensational place to spend time; essential for cross-continental adventures.
Explore the Aston Martin DB11
The 'DB' name is a central part of Aston Martin's heritage that defines what they are today. And in countless ways, it is endearing to see that the British marque still create cars that wear the iconic 'DB' badge.
However, it is also fantastic to see that the current DB11 captures the essence of what made the original cars so utterly brilliant. In short, DB11 is more than worthy of the name Aston Martin have bestowed on it.
If you wish to explore the Aston Martin DB11, then please contact your nearest Stratstone Aston Martin retailer to arrange a test drive.