If there is a car that’s getting everyone excited these days, it’s the Aston Martin DB11. It replaces the outgoing DB9 (the last 9 of those just rolled off the production line last month.)
But the DB11 is much more than a replacement. It’s the British automaker’s first all-new car in more than a decade. With it, Aston Martin will finally step into the 21st century and Aston is counting on it to reinvigorate the brand.
Here’s what you need to know about the new DB11, which rolls out this fall starting at $211,995.
It’s Aston Martin’s first all-new car in over a decade.
The DB11 is Aston Martin’s first all-new car in 13 years.
The next-generation sportster is built on an all-new lighter, aluminum platform. As such, it is the most important new Aston Martin since the introduction of the DB9 in 2003.
The DB11 is the first of seven cars Aston CEO Andy Palmer plans to roll out over the next seven years. It’s called the company’s “Second Century” plan.
It’s gorgeous, but doesn’t reinvent the wheel.
The DB11 looks more concept in style than its still slick, but more restrained, DB9 predecessor. But it is every inch an Aston Martin. Designers didn’t try to come up with something completely new, but they did give the DB11 its own personality.
The DB11 is swoopier, curvier and has a more dramatic floating roofline than the DB9. It has a new grille, clamshell bonnet and all-new LED head and taillights, too. The LED lights have an adaptive function at lower speeds to help with cornering.
The clamshell hood, by the way, is made from a single aluminum pressing.
It ditches a traditional spoiler for clever new aerodynamics.
The DB11 ditches a traditional spoiler for something more innovative.
It’s a new Aston Martin patented system called AeroBlade. Aston describes it as a way of flowing air through the DB11’s bodywork, without the need of an actual physical rear spoiler. The DB11 channels air coming across the side of the car through portals near the rear windows, bottlenecks it underneath the trunklid, and fires it back up through the deck to create a “virtual spoiler,” according to Aston Martin engineers.
The end result is of course improved downforce and stability.
It’s a beast under the hood.
The rear-wheel drive DB11 is the most powerful and efficient car in the brand’s history.
Under the hood, it’s powered by a potent new in-house designed 5.2-liter twin-turbocharged V12 engine paired to an 8-speed automatic. The new engine delivers 600 horses and an impressive 516 pound-feet of torque, available from just 1,500rpm. All of that equals fast. Aston says it’ll hit 0-62 mph in a mere 3.9 seconds on the way to a top speed of 200 mph.
It also comes with adaptive damping and electric power steering.
The interior is a clean sheet. It’s roomier than the DB9 and more luxurious, too, with a new digital instrument panel. It’s also the first Aston Martin to use a Mercedes-derived electrical architecture. That architecture includes a new infotainment screen, along with the engine management computers, switchgear, wiring harnessing and active safety systems.
The DB11 arrives this fall. You can check out Aston Martin’s latest DB11 video below.
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