Check out the new and improved 600hp Aston Martin DB11!

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 3, 2016

Aston Martin has finally unwrapped at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show its first product under its ‘Second Century’ plan – the new Aston Martin DB11. Powered by a new 5.2-liter twin-turbocharged V12 engine that Aston Martin designed in-house, the DB11 is able to provide the much desired acceleration and speed level.

With the V12 engine able to develop up to 608 PS (600 Bhp) of output and up to 700 Nm of torque, the new Aston Martin DB11 could accelerate from a standstill to 62 mph in just 3.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 200 mph. With this amount of power at its disposal, the new DB11 is simply the most dynamic and most powerful vehicle that Aston Martin has built so far.

Complementing this power are technologies that help improve the engine’s fuel efficiency like intelligent bank activation and stop-start technology. Of course, there is a need to modify and adjust certain elements – like chassis, steering, suspension and electronics.

The brand also infused a number of new vital technologies to make sure that the new twin-turbo V12 engine could go all out when needed. Transmitting power to the wheels of the new Aston Martin DB11 is an eight-speed automatic ZF transmission. Moreover, engine response could further be intensified by multiple driver-selectable dynamic modes - GT, Sport and Sport Plus.

Aston Martin also worked to make the adaptive damping firmer to create a greater sense of agility. All of these – along the new electric power steering and Torque Vectoring by braking – allow the new DB11 to provide a driving experience that fuses true sports car agility and potency with outstanding ride comfort.

Recommended Retail Price from £154,900 in the UK2, €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.

Exterior Design

Featuring a new stronger and more space efficient yet lighter bonded aluminum structure, the new Aston Martin DB11 comes with a new distinctive design language. It features a series of fresh design signatures that reinterpret the connection between form and function.

For instance, the front end of the new DB11 dons a front-hinging clamshell bonnet, accentuated lines of the Aston Martin grille, and unique LED headlights. The new DB11 also features an impressive profile, courtesy of the roof strakes flowing incessantly from the A-pillar to the C-pillar.

The rear, meanwhile, features clean lines as well as a sloping decklid that seamlessly fuses into the sculpted taillights. Moreover, the new Aston Martin DB11 comes with a number of elements that are not simply for decoration, but also play a good part in managing the aerodynamics of the vehicle. These elements ingeniously manage airflow both over and through the bodywork to boost stability while at the same time preserving the vehicle’s neat surfaces.

For instance, the gill-like Curlicue helps reduce front-end lift by releasing high-pressure air from inside the wheel arch through a hidden vent within the side-strake.

On the other hand, the Aston Martin AeroBlade -- a virtual spoiler sustained by subtle air intakes at the base of each C-pillar – helps reduce rear-end lift by ducting air through the bodywork and then venting as a stream of air from the opening in the rear decklid.

Interior Design

Meanwhile, the new Aston Martin DB11 is very space efficient, and has enough room to be called a true Grand Tourer. In fact, the new DB11 boasts of improved occupant space, especially head and leg rooms in the rear.

Ingress and egress have also been made easy with wider door apertures. Child safety is also well considered as the DB11 comes with fully integrated rear ISOFIX mounting points for two child seats. It also features a luggage compartment that could easily accommodate two large holdalls as well as carry-on baggage.

Customers are given the choice to further customize their Aston DB11s to suit their personal taste by picking from a wide selection of colors and an array of detailing options.

The cabin of the DB11 also features Nexus quilting and Celestial perforation as well as ornate leatherwork like the brogue detailing – all contributing to interior aesthetics. Luxurious comfort and convenience inside the cabin of the DB11 have been boosted by an array of latest technology developed with technical partner Daimler AG.

For instance, the DB11 features an all-new instrument cluster that employs a full-color 12-inch TFT LCD to display primary vehicle information. Moreover, the DB11 features an infotainment system that makes use of a second centrally mounted 8-inch TFT screen, thereby allowing intuitive rotary control.

Customers could avail of an optional touchpad that enables character recognition, multi-touch and gesture support. DB11’s infotainment system also allows drivers to operate its auto-park assist feature and 360-degree birds-eye view camera – both helpful when the vehicle is maneuvering at slow speeds.

The system likewise features new satellite navigation and an improved audio system that are now easier to operate. With these elements on hand, the new DB11 is set to become the new figurehead of the well-admired “DB” bloodline.

Press Release


A new chapter in Aston Martin’s history began at the 86th International Geneva Motor Show with the unveiling of the DB11. The first product launched under the company’s ‘Second Century’ plan, DB11 is the bold new figurehead of the illustrious ‘DB’ bloodline and an authentic, dynamic sporting GT in the finest Aston Martin tradition.

The DB11 showcases a fresh and distinctive design language, pioneering aerodynamics and is powered by a potent new in-house designed 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine. Built upon a new lighter, stronger, and more space efficient bonded aluminium structure, DB11 is the most powerful, most efficient and most dynamically gifted DB model in Aston Martin’s history. As such, it is 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.”

Heralding a new design era for Aston Martin, DB11 is the latest landmark in a remarkable aesthetic journey; one that gave us icons such as the DB2/4, DB5 and, most recently, the DB10 developed specifically for James Bond. DB11 re-imagines the relationship between form and function with a series of fresh design signatures. Foremost amongst these are the front-hinging clamshell bonnet, distinctive LED headlights and accentuated lines of the iconic Aston Martin grille. The profile is equally dramatic, thanks to the roof strakes that flow uninterrupted from A-pillar to C-pillar. The 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.

Innovative aerodynamics play their part in this aesthetic revolution with clever management of airflow both over and through the bodywork aiding stability while preserving the DB11’s uncluttered surfaces. 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. Meanwhile, 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.

Like every Aston Martin, the heart of the DB11 is found beneath the bonnet, though unlike any Aston Martin before it, the DB11’s heart 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. Naturally, it’s the most dynamic and most accelerative too, with a top speed of 200mph1 and a 0-62mph time of just 3.9sec1. Thanks to intelligent bank activation and stop-start technology that potency is matched by greatly improved efficiency.

To exploit the advantages of its new body structure and harness the immense performance of the new twin-turbo V12 engine, the DB11’s chassis, suspension, steering and electronics have been re-imagined and key new technologies embraced. Multiple driver-selectable dynamic modes - GT, Sport and Sport Plus - progressively intensify the response of the engine, 8-speed automatic ZF transmission together with the new electric power steering and Torque Vectoring by braking while increasing the firmness of the adaptive damping for a greater sense of agility. The result is a driving experience that combines exemplary ride comfort and true sports car agility, for an extraordinary breadth of dynamic capability.

As a true 21st century Aston Martin the DB11 combines the very latest technology developed in conjunction with technical partner, Daimler AG, with 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.

With wider door apertures, significantly increased occupant 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, the DB11 is a genuine Grand Tourer. Thanks to an inspiring palette of colours and a vast array of detailing options, its interior can be perfectly in-tune with your unique personal style. From calming, carefully co-ordinated tones to sharp contrasts in hue and texture, your choices are virtually limitless. Nexus quilting and Celestial perforation add layers of beautiful complexity and intrigue, while ornate leatherwork, such as intricate brogue detailing, creates areas of visual and tactile delight.

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”.

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