The Next Great Aston Martin Is Here: The DB11

Aston Martin DB11 car of the year

We don’t think we’ll be going out on a limb to say the new Aston Martin is definitely one James Bond would want in his garage.

Tuesday, the automaker introduced its most powerful DB model yet, the DB11.

Three years in the making, the automaker calls it the most significant new Aston Martin since the introduction of the DB9 in 2003, and we don’t disagree. It’s a stunning sportster every way you look at it with some big changes under the skin.

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The DB11 is the first Aston Martin launched under the company’s ‘Second Century’ plan. As such, it gets the first turbocharged engine in the DB lineup. It’s a 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12 engine that delivers 600 horses. The engine is mated to a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and a mechanical limited-slip differential. The DB11 can hit a top speed of 200 mph and zoom from 0-62 in 3.9 seconds.

The DB11 is also built upon a new bonded aluminum structure which makes it lighter and stronger. It comes with a new suspension, a new cabin and a Mercedes-Benz-based electronic architecture.

Enhanced aerodynamics are also a huge part of the new package. Aston Martin says it’s used “clever” management of airflow both over and through the bodywork. For instance, cutaways behind the front wheel and hidden ridges in the bodywork help control airflow and reduce lift from the wheel wells. There’s also a “virtual” trunk spoiler, which takes high pressure wind flow from the back of the rear window, pushes it through the rear of the trunk and jets it up into the air stream traveling over the car to reduce rear lift.

The DB11 is priced just under $212,000 and the first deliveries are expected late this year. The company’s already received 1,000 advanced orders from customers. CEO Andy Palmer also says he’ll personally inspect every car before it’s sent out for delivery.

Last year, Aston Martin rolled out the DB10, but it was exclusively for the James Bond movie Spectre.

Photo Credit: Aston Martin
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