Aston Martin’s brand-new DB11 has touched down in Australia. The 447kW twin-turbo V12 coupe, which is being called the most important car in the brand’s storied 103-year history, will retail for $428,032 plus on-road costs when it goes on sale here later this year… if you can get hold of one.
“A thousand orders have been taken on this car before its launch,” said the regional manager of Aston Martin Asia Pacific Kevin Wall, who also underlined the British carmaker’s determination to get the DB11 – the first of a new generation of Astons known as Second Century cars – right first time.
Aston Martin boss Dr Andy Palmer will drive the £155,000 beast up the famous 1.16-mile Goodwood hillclimb course. The DB11, the first model launched under Aston Martin’s ‘Second Century’ programme, was first unveiled at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.
Also tackling the hillclimb course during Festival weekend will be Aston Martin Racing works driver Darren Turner, firstly in the lightweight 4.7-litre V8-powered Vantage GT8 – the £165,000 limited edition which has already seen all 150 examples sold – and then in the track-only Aston Martin Vulcan.
Meanwhile, the Vantage GT8 will be on display in the Supercar Paddock during the main Festival of Speed weekend.
Inspired by the company’s GTE race car programme, only 150 examples of the £165,000, 4.7-litre GT8 will be built and all have already been sold.