Aston Martin has featured the world premiere of the all new DB11 model during the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, which was one of the most anticipated introductions during the Swiss event.
The world premiere of the DB11 marks the offensive of the Gaydon brand’s “Second Century” expansion plan and the DB9 successor (the DB10 moniker has been used for a bespoke James Bond iteration) embraces the XXI century technology and features turbocharging. Under the gorgeous hood Aston Martin has slapped a newly developed biturbo 5.2-liter V12 engine churning out 600 horsepower (447 kilowatts / 608 PS) at 6, 500 rpm and a maximum torque of 516 pound-feet (700 Newton meters) from 1,500 rpm. This means we’re dealing with the most powerful DB model produced until now – and hence it will also be the quickest off the mark, reaching 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 200 mph (322 km/h). The mighty twelve-cylinder engine sends all the oomph to the rear wheels via an ubiquitous eight-speed ZF automatic transmission that has been mated to a mechanical limited-slip differential featuring active torque vectoring.
Comparing apple pies, the DB 11 is longer, wider, lower, and has a bigger wheelbase than the DB9 and tips the scales at 3,902 pounds / 1,770 kg (dry) with an almost perfect 51 percent front and 49 percent rear weight distribution. It has been clad with 20-inch ten-spoke wheels with a diamond turned finish and uses custom Bridgestone rubber. Courtesy of the circuit-exclusive Vulcan, the DB 11 also gains a gill-like vent sitting into the wheel arches to lower aerodynamic lift on the front axle. The rear of the car is also aerodynamically positive thanks to the virtual spoiler called “AeroBlade” which is assisted by subtle air intakes mounted at the base of the C-pillars.
The cabin is a leap forward compared to the outgoing model and is more spacious due to the bigger wheelbase – and also has the contemporary technological touches: 12-inch digital instrument cluster and a dashboard mounted 8-inch infotainment display. There’s a rotary control giving access to certain functions and an optional touchpad will also be offered. We don’t know if anyone is interested but the cargo capacity has been bumped up by 20 percent to 9.5 cubic feet (270 liters) compared to the predecessor. Other interesting amenities include an 1,000-watt Bang & Olufsen sound system, glossy black roof, ventilated seats, powered armrest, and power seat bolsters. Pricing details have also been revealed: the DB11 will set back future owners a cool 154,900 British pounds in the UK, 204,900 euros in Germany, and $211,995 in United States –with first deliveries slated for the fourth quarter of the year.