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.
Later on, Aston Martin released the natural evolution of the DB9, which resulted in the creation of the DB11 you see here. Bridging the gap between the agile Vantage and the muscular DBS, the DB11 continues the 'DB' story in truly spectacular fashion.
The 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine generates an incredible amount of power, with 528bhp propelling DB11 from 0 to 62mph in only 4.0 seconds and onto a top speed of 192mph.
While the V8 may not have the same potency as the V12 (see below), it does benefit from weighing 115kg less. As a result, the V8 version of DB11 has a lower overall kerbweight, which aids handling. In addition, 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 handful of minor styling cues let you know it is 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 31mph.
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 coupé. 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.
Living beneath the bonnet is a twin-turbocharged 5.2-litre V12 petrol engine that produces a staggering 630bhp and 516lb ft.
This powerplant is combined with an 8-speed automatic transmission, which in-turn allows DB11 to complete the 0 to 62mph dash in just 3.7 seconds. Courtesy of the performance available, DB11 can achieve a top speed of 208mph.
With this much power available, DB11 is fitted with stiffened dampers on each corner compared to its V8 sibling, while firmer bushes feature in the rear subframe. Despite the enhanced suspension, DB11 does not compromise on its whisper-quiet driving experience.
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.
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 Coupe or Volante, then please contact your nearest Stratstone Aston Martin retailer to arrange a test drive.