The next generation of James Bond’s preferred car has arrived in the shape of the Aston Martin DB11, finally revealed at the Geneva Motor Show.
Longer, wider and taller than the DB9 it replaces, with superior interior space, the ‘evolutionary’ styling, so described by Aston Martin, presents a new, sharper and more athletic appearance.
There’s certainly some muscle about the rear three-quarters and the standard 20-inch alloy wheels are stunners.
Note the air-vents in the C-pillars which actually duct air to the spoiler on the trailing edge of the boot, providing - according to Aston Martin - sufficient downforce that a rear wing isn’t required.
Inside the DB11 shows-off a modern aesthetic with the usual Aston Martin glamour – and some obvious touches from the collaboration between the British company and Mercedes-Benz.
Familiar to ‘Benz owners will be the 8.0-inch free-standing screen atop the centre stack (operated via a rotary controller or as a touchscreen) and the single control stalk for indicators and wipers.
The driver scores all-new instruments in a 12-inch binnacle and a sporty flat-bottom leather-wrapped steering wheel.
The Aston Martin DB9 was powered by a 429kW/620Nm 5.9-litre V12 engine, and, while the DB11 adopts a smaller capacity V12 (5.2-litres), thanks to twin turbochargers, output rises considerably – 447kW/700Nm to be precise, making this the most powerful DB production model so far.
Drive is to the rear wheels via a transaxle with an eight-speed automatic transmission and mechanical limited-slip differential with torque-vectoring.
Mix all of that with an all-new bonded aluminium platform (also destined for other models) and aluminium panels – taking weight down to 1770kgs – and the Aston Martin DB11 is marginally faster than the DB9, covering zero to 100km/h in a mere 3.9 seconds.
Other good news is reduced fuel consumption thanks to cylinder de-activation when cruising which sees the Aston Martin DB11 effectively run as an in-line six-cylinder.
Underneath is a new multi-link rear end and Aston Martin’s first electronic power steering.
Expect this stunning new Aston in dealerships by the end of this year or early 2017.
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