There have been talks that a V8-powered DB11 will be debuting in the upcoming 2017 Shanghai Auto Show in mid-April, but sorry to burst your bubble, Aston Martin diehards. An Aston Martin spokesman has shut down and is claiming that indeed no V8 DB11 will debut in Shanghai.
The future success of the British Automaker powerhouse depends on the performance in sales of the DB11 as the company is aiming to modernize its releases. Aston Martin DB11 has debuted in Geneva last year and is already in the production line, and will be made available with the brand's V12 engine.
In a previous report, it was announced that the British powerhouse will only release a V12 powered sports car in the coming Shanghai auto show in the middle of April. However, there will be no V8 variant that will accompany the V12 in the said show. No reasons were released on why this will not happen. It was rumoured that the DB11 will arrive in the shores of Shanghai powered by Mercedes AMG-sourced 4.0 liter 8 cylinder bi-turbo motor intended to provide more than 530 hp (39 kW) of pure awesomeness. This will be considered as a British variant of the Mercedes AMG GT S, which also uses the identical engine.
Aston Martin is no stranger in producing dynamic engines. The brand has always enjoyed releasing the impressive horsepower figure that its cars can boast of having.
From the words of an engineer that has been seen participating in the DB11 project, the 600 hp is just an opener for future products to follow suit, and possibly a manual gearbox will someday be a part of the next-gen Aston powerhouse.
The V8 variant news was posted by a site called CarNewsChina. One more vehicle will be added to the DB11 line-up. It’s said to be the DB11 Volante, which will fully join the family in the latter part of the next year. But in other reports, it is ready to be unveiled to the public in the 2018 Geneva Motor Show with sales starting shortly after. The British automaker is planning a more powerful version of the V12 DB11, and will be bearing the S suffix.
It will still retain the akin 5.2 liter engine which will power up more than 600 hp (447 KW) and which offers a supposedly roaring, brutal sounding exhaust according to spy photographers. The DB11 S will follow suit, debuting after the DB11 Volante some time in 2018. The DB11 price tag stats at around $212,00 but can hit more than 300K if you like its options.
It's a shame that the V8 engine will not debut anytime soon. In fact, a trusted source commented that a V8 powered sports car debuting in China will make a lot of sense, since the capacity of the engine will categorize the automobile in the lower tax division. Keep your fingers crossed that Aston Martin will rethink this plan and that soon, we’ll get our hands on a V8 variant.