A substantial upgrade from the older 6.0-litre V12 which first catapulted the company’s rejuvenation in 2003, the DB11 now has the potential for more power than ever before. The brand-new V12 engine is not the only change to the DB11 however, as its construction has been combined with multiple design tweaks, some larger than others, to affirm it as Aston Martin’s greatest innovation since the introduction of the DB9.
All this news comes fresh off the back of Aston Martin’s recent success at the Car Design Award 2016, where the DB11 was heralded as Production Car of the year. And the more we see of the DB11, the more that claim becomes harder and harder to dispute. The luxurious interior is complete with top draw hand craftsmanship and ornate leatherwork, whilst a striking new clamshell bonnet works in conjunction with these internal niceties to create an external air of sophistication that adheres to Aston Martin’s traditional philosophy of combining both form and function. It truly is a pretty car.
Brian Fitzsimons, Aston Martin Chief Engineer, Powertrain, said, “To see this new engine go into full production at AMEP makes me very proud. Designing and developing the 5.2L twin-turbo power plant has been an all-consuming passion for me and my team. Knowing that the end result would be built with meticulous care in a truly state-of-the-art facility such as AMEP was an added motivation. It’s a hugely exciting time to be an engineer at Aston Martin, not least because this is just the beginning for the new twin-turbo V12.”
Designed in-house, the Aston Martin DB11’s V12 motor develops 600bhp and 700Nm of torque, making it the most powerful production DB model ever. With a top-speed of 322Km/h, it is also the fastest. Oh, and it can also go from standstill to 100Km/h in just 3.9 seconds.
Aston is keeping itself very busy at the moment. The new DB11 Volante will launch the same year as the new Vantage, with the Vanquish replacement and an electric Rapide due in 2018, and the exciting prospect of a Red Bull-sponsored hypercar designed by Adrian Newey scheduled for 2019.