2019 Aston Martin DB11
More than Horsepower
The arrival of the DB11 with its optional V8 engine is proof that Aston Martin understands that the luxury sports-car market is no longer a simple matter of adding horsepower and leather trim in equal portions. While the V12 version of the DB11 continues, the V8 variant is aimed at those who crave a little more efficiency from their transport. So, while the 5.2-litre V12 model will attract the traditional buyer, the four-litre V8 (still with twin turbochargers) will appeal to a new type of Aston Martin fan-base.
Lighter & Faster
Not that the V8 engine makes this car any less than a fully-fledged Aston. With a zero to 100 km/h time of four seconds flat, the DB11 V8 is just a tenth of a second or so slower than the (heavier) V12 version. As well as 115 fewer kilograms to carry around (compared with the V12) the V8 also has slightly better weight distribution. And while it doesn’t have the V12’s distinctive soundtrack, the V8 has its own, sophisticated bellow with an exhaust system tuned for a snarl rather than a grumble.
Four Seat Flexibility
Like any DB11, the V8 version retains its four-seater status and while the rear seats are occasional only, it does give the car extra flexibility on a limited basis. Meanwhile, the interior of the V8 has picked up some ergonomic efficiency as a rub-off of the technology-sharing deal with Mercedes-AMG (which makes the engine, for instance) with a fresh, efficient look and use of space.
And don’t be fooled into thinking that Aston Martin simply plugged in the new AMG engine and left it at that. As well as the new exhaust, there’s a new intake system, recalibrated ECU and a new design of engine mount. Even the lubrication system has been converted to a race-proven dry-sump system for the DB11. This particular car is presented with delivery kilometres only and is finished in Hammerhead Silver which, with the silver slatted grille, is a classic nod to the Aston Martin driven by James Bond in the 1964 classic Goldfinger. Not to mention the perfect way to live out your 007 fantasies with a modern twist.
Features include: Diamond-quilted stitching on seats and headlining. Technology Pack (premium audio, blind spot monitoring, park assist, touchpad control), satin chopped carbon fibre interior trim, 20-inch diamond-turned alloy wheels, keyless entry and start, dual zone climate control, active cruise control, reversing camera, autonomous emergency braking, paddle shifters, electric front seats, navigation.