ASTON MARTIN DB11 REVIEW

aston martin db 11 review

The English Revolution

 

Since the beginning of its glorious history, Aston Martin has always been synonymous of elegance, refinement and high performance. After producing great sport cars for years, maintaining a coherent traditional design, Aston Martin decide for the first time to be bold and to break away from its legacy. No longer a Bond-esque car, with its sinuous lines that are sporty but never excessive.  The new Aston Martin looks extreme, sounds extreme and it is extreme. It is a new chapter for this company.

Overview

The DB11 comes with two different engines:  a 600bhp twin turbo 5.2 litre V12 engine and a “calmer”  503 bhp 4.0 litre twin turbo V8 engineered with the collaboration of Mercedes AMG. Both versions come with an eight-speed paddle shift automatic gearbox.

 

On the outside, the car is made of a new aluminium chassis that is a joy to look at. The car is slightly bigger than the DB9 and i guarantee you that if you ever see one in person (the Skyfall Silver color is gorgeous) you will be impressed by its presence on the road. It has a massive hood, the largest single aluminium pressing in the car industry. Aluminium is used for the doors and the roof as well.

The DB11 launches as a Coupe, but lately Aston Martin introduced a Volante soft-top model too.

The car flies from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds (4.0 seconds for the V8 model)

The price is £161.900 for the V12, 147.900 for the V8.

 

On the Road

 

The driving experience will change according to to which model you’ll choose. The V12 is heavier and doesn’t feel like a sport car, it’s very fluid but not very accurate in tight corners. It definitely feels like a classic Gran Turismo.

The V8 on the other hand, feels like a sport car. it’s 115kg lighter, it turns quicker and it encourages the driver to hit the gas like there’s no tomorrow. The engine too sounds more aggressive than the V12.

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The Inside

 

Aston Martin is also famous for its top quality fabrics used for the interiors of its cars. The Aston Martin DB11 is no exception. There is bogged leather on the doors and stitchings around the sat nav screen. Everything is carefully crafted to look, sound and smell perfect. The driving seat is low but the visibility is still decent and, honestly, you can’t expect great visibility from a sport cars.

The online configurator on the Aston Martin’s website gives you countless options to build your dream car with countless customisations.

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Owning an Aston Martin DB11

 

 The new Aston Martin DB11 is not a car you buy to outperform your friend’s sport cars. It is a rare jewel that you buy to feel special. It has all the heritage and the quality of a classic Aston Martin plus the modern design, the new engines and the updated technology.

There are two back seats but they are very tight and the boot is small and difficult to use. There is also an umbrella strapped into the boot, just a little interesting quirk.

 

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Final Verdict

 

The Aston Martin DB11 is definitely the best car Aston Martin made in years. The V12 and the V8 have different characters and there is no doubt in our mind: the V8 is definitely the better option for its price.

 

ASTON MARTIN DB11

 

PROS:

  • Gorgeous styling
  • Gorgeous interior
  • Great Handling
  • A huge leap forward

CONS:

  • V12 lacks the character of its predecessor
  • Paddle placement debatable

EXTERIOR: 9 / 10

 

INTERIOR: 9 / 10

 

DRIVING:  8 / 10

 

OWNING:  8 / 10

 

FINAL SCORE:  8.5 / 10

 

Specification:

 

Transmission 8-speed automatic
Drivetrain RWD
CO₂ emissions N/A
Engine V12 5,2 l
Power 600 hp @ 6,500 rpm (447 kW)
Torque 516 lb·ft @ 1,500 – 5,000 rpm (700 N·m)
Induction Turbocharged
Bore 89 mm
Stroke 69 mm
Fuel type Premium
Vehicle type / Category
Vehicle type Coupe
Category Sports Car over $100,000
Assembly Gaydon, GB
Generation 1

 

 

Steering rack and pinion, electrical variable assist
Traction control yes
Stability control yes
Seat belts 4
Airbags 6
Front suspension independent, double wishbones
Rear suspension independent, double wishbones
Front brakes disc (ABS)
Rear brakes disc (ABS)
Front tires P255/40ZR20
Rear tires P255/40ZR20
Dimensions / Weight
Length 4,739 mm (187″)
Width 1,940 mm (76″)
Height 1,279 mm (50″)
Wheelbase 2,805 mm (110″)
Front track N/A
Rear track N/A
Weight 1,770 kg (3,902 lb)
Weight distribution (front-rear) 51% – 49%
Capacities
Passengers 4
Fuel tank 78 l (17 gal)
Trunk 270 l (10 cu ft)
Towing capacity N/A
Performance
Power to weight ratio 252.5 W/kg
0-100 km/h 3.9 s (manufacturer)
80-120 km/h N/A
Top speed 322 km/h (200 mph) (manufacturer)
Braking distance N/A
Warranty
Base warranty 3 years/unlimited
Powertrain warranty 3 years/unlimited

 

 

 

 

 

 

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