The British exotic sports car manufacturer is fighting hard to save itself from close to extinction financial issues – and part of the strategy includes the use of Mercedes-AMG produced engines.
Aston Martin may be well known for its sweeping designs and V12 engines, but it has also lived up to modern times by nailing a partnership with Daimler some time ago in which the Stuttgart company will get a minority stake in the automaker in exchange for providing technological support. The first herald of the new era is the DB11 model, first seen with a 5.2-liter V12 under the hood – but now also available with a 4.0-liter biturbo V8 option that trades horsepower for weight. It also comes fairly more accessible than the V12, starting at $198,995, which is saving $17,500.
The Mercedes-AMG biturbo 4.0-liter V8 is of course familiar – the exact same power of 503 hp as in the AMG GT S is delivered to the DB11. It seems Aston Martin engineers did get to fiddle with the calibration, reprogramming, and all the other ECU-related things. While trading almost 100 hp, the V8 comes with just about the same quantity of torque – 513 pound-feet versus 516 – and is just a tenth of a second slower to 60 miles per hour than the V12. Maximum speed did come down considerably – from 200 mph to 187 – while the DB11 V8 also cuts 253 pounds of fat. Design distinctions come in the form of darker headlamp bezels, a unique alloy wheel set as well as just two hood vents instead of four – while the interior for the two models is identical.