Yes, yes yes, MotorMartin prides itself with concentrating on ‘real life’ motoring news but there comes a time when you see a car and it is so beautiful that it just takes your breath away. And so it was when Aston Martin’s latest news arrived in the desk at MotorMartin Towers.
Aston have clearly been working extremely hard and are proud to be able to announce that a new chapter in Aston Martin’s history began last week at the 86th International Geneva Motor Show with the unveiling of the simply stunning, DB11. The first product launched under the company’s ‘Second Century’ plan, the DB11 is the bold new figurehead of the illustrious ‘DB’ bloodline and an authentic, dynamic sporting GT in the finest Aston Martin tradition. I defy anyone out there to suggest that they haven’t been successful!
The DB11, MotorMartin has been told, 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, the 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 shared with MotorMartin the following when he said: “We aspire to make the most beautiful cars in the world. The 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.”
I suppose that for Aston fans Worldwide the previous line up was becoming a little ahem long in the tooth and to MotorMartin’s eys, a little difficult to distinguish between. The new look then is a triumph in that it takes traditional Aston Martin styling cues and turns them into something new, future proof and truly exciting. I’m thinking about that grill right from the off…
Heralding a new design era for Aston Martin MotorMartin was told that, “The 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. The 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.”
Aston have also let it be known to MotorMartin that the 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. James Bond would be very impressed.
One of the difficulties that companies involved with supercars face is the constant balancing act between size, power, economy and emissions and so Aston’s engineers have found themselves working night and day to produce an engine that meets current legislation whilst retaining the character and essence of all previous Astons. 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, so Aston say, is a driving experience that combines exemplary ride comfort and true sports car agility, for an extraordinary breadth of dynamic capability. And who is MotorMartin to argue with that.
As we all know, a DB series car is not just about the engine but also involves an interior that you can comfortably cross continents in before stepping into a casino on the Côte d’Azur and so, as a true 21st century Aston Martin, the DB11 combines the very latest technology. Developed in conjunction with technical partner, Daimler AG, it includes 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.
Aston Martin are equally proud of the less glamorous aspects of their DB11 as they have highlight details such as wider door apertures which 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. These are the kind of details that help create a Supercar, rather than just a car.
Finally, Dr Andy Palmer shared that: “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”. And you can’t really argue with that. So it’s a MotorMartin well done to Aston Martin and let’s hope that it’s the success its looks and engine deserve.
For the lucky few, the recommended Retail Price is from £154,900 in the UK, €204,900 in Germany and $211,995 in USA with first deliveries of the DB11 car scheduled to begin during the fourth quarter of 2016. If you’ve put your order in then send in the photos of the happy day when the keys are handed over.
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