2019 Aston Martin DB11 – A new Aston Martin. Not really. It is the beginning of a new chapter for the company with a new rigid aluminum chassis, slightly inflated dimensions over the DB9 and new engines. Not just one, but two.
The DB11 was launched in 2016 with a new 5.2-liter dual-turbo V12 engine and 600bhp, while in 2017 it joined a 4.0-liter 50-liter double-turbo V8 with 503bhp. Both drive the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
There is a clean leaf style-there are signs of old DB9s, but the look is very cool-and a new electronic architecture supplied by Mercedes. And begins a new and exciting phase in Aston’s history: seven cars in the next seven years, including a new Vantage, Vanquish, DBX Crossing, multiple Lagonda halls and a hipercar Valkyrie, plus, according to sums, a return to profitability.
The DB11 is launched as a coupe, but will be offered as a soft-top steering wheel in a short time. None will be as sharp as some rivals in the same stadium as £ 150k (Audi R8s, Porsche 911s, McLaren 570s), but the DB11 extends to both sides of the high performance cars like those and the Bentley and Merc GTs.
Price : £147,900 – £174,995
2019 Aston Martin DB11 – Most of the things you touch have a handmade quality, such as burnished leather on the doors and seams around the satellite navigation screen. Slide the metal paddles with your fingernails and you’ll get a “ting, ting” comforter. A group of digital instruments updates the car, but also reduces it a bit, we would prefer a physical disk with more details for our more than £150.000, at least for the tachometer.
You feel low, but the visibility is still good, in addition to the thick pillar A when you exit the side roads. But look, it’s an Aston, it’s wrapped in expensive materials and now the information and entertainment system on board, also rose from Mercedes and is completed with an eight-inch central screen and 360-degree cameras as standard, is up-to-date and really Works. We’d call that a victory.
Visit the Online configurator and you can also go crazy with the options. Check the gallery on the first page to get a close look at some of the most interesting color options.
2019 Aston Martin DB11 – All of this depends on which one to buy. Get the V12 and, a few miles away, it’s obviously not a sports car. It feels wider than your lane and rolls too much so you can accurately place it in the closed curves. It can reaffirm things by marking adaptive cushions through three modes, GT, S and S +, and the body control becomes noticeably stricter without disturbing the gait. You have to handle the weight, brush the steel brakes a touch earlier than you think, slow, fast, but time everything to perfection and there is a effortless flow towards their movements.
The new 5.2-liter double-turbo V12 generates 600bhp and 516lb ft, so for something that weighs 1, 770kg dry (10kg more than the DB9), 0-62 mph in 3.9 seconds and 200 mph to the brim is quite impressive. It does not have the same auditory depth as its natural aspiration predecessor of 6.0 liters, but in terms of performance, it is a big step. On the freeway does not care much if your cruise at 50 mph or 150 mph, is activated quietly, without any stress. On a fast B-road, you find yourself mounting the torque and instinctively requesting the next gear of the ZF eight-speed box at approximately 4500 rpm.
The V8 is a totally different proposal, it feels much more like a sports car, especially because it is 115kg lighter. While your engine provides nearly 100 BHP to the V12, and the maximum speed is 13 mph lower, it feels louder and sharper, and will actually be the fastest car in the real world simply because it forces you to drive it harder.
It gets faster, it’s easier to put your rear axle into action and, in a nutshell, it’s a lot of fun if you’re in a good mood. And the engine is thundering in delivery and sounds properly cruder than the V12 while it is in it. This is a worse GT, as it requires a lot of attention on winding roads to keep pointing the right way, but it is reassured if you re-mark your driving modes and continue to navigate at full speed if you wish. You’ll just be much more inclined to leave the freeway and avoid driving it in a boring way.
Costs and Reliability
The move towards the turbos increases efficiency, but you will have to drive like your grandmother to reach the 25 V12 PMP (or nearly 29 mpg on the V8). But that doesn’t make sense: owning a big GT like this is about feeling special and the DB11 is full of sense of the occasion.
On the right track, you can get virtuous performance, but the rest of the time you swallow whole countries or isolate them from jams and cracked surfaces on the trip. Whichever way you measure it, it’s an important step of the DB9 it replaces.
There are two rear seats, though only for very little ‘ uns. And the boot is small and oddly difficult to use. You have to crouch down and leverage things carefully, and you’ll have to use bags or cases that are neatly selected if you take it on a long trip. There is an umbrella attached to the boot, mind, so there are some concessions to practical life.
If we have to talk about money, then neither V8 nor V12 are a bargain. The first, in a row of less than £145.000, is £13.000 cheaper, although in markets outside the UK, the size of its 4-liter engine will widen the gap much more. In the UK, Aston expects sales to be 50/50 between the two engines.
2019 Aston Martin DB11 – The best car Aston did in years? Almost certainly. The choice of both V8 and V12, each with its own distinctive character, means that it is a good enough thing, more than the DB9 it replaces. Our inclination would be to bet on the sportiest hooligan of the V8, as you can still act the GT if you wish.
But there is also something imperious about the V12, an irresistible luxury that only offers an oversized and powerful engine. You really can’t make a bad choice, but the V8 will always give you more leeway for options in the Configurator.