But the new car comes at a price premium over the model it replaces. Aston Martin has confirmed the DB11 will be priced from $428,032 (plus on-road costs), $59,532 more than the current DB9 GT.
Although replacing the DB9 in Aston Martin’s range ,the DB11 is all-new and features a new chassis, new 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 engine and fresh styling. Aston Martin refers to the car as the first product of it’s ‘Second Century’ plan that will see the company benefit from a technical partnership with Mercedes-AMG for engines and electronics.
The one thing that double-money doesn’t buy here is a significant increase in power. Aston has given its venerable 4.7-liter V-8 the mildest of reworkings, so it now claims that the engine delivers 440 horsepower, just 10 horses more than in the standard car. Credit the freer-flowing exhaust. The GT8 can be had with either Aston’s automated single-clutch seven-speed or with the six-speed manual gearbox. Happily, the latter was fitted to the car we drove. Aston says buyers are split about 50-50 between the two transmissions; the manual seems to be bouncing back, at least among those with sporting intent.
Making its second appearance at Goodwood will be the track-only Vulcan. It should be a fitting return to form for the hypercar as the Vulcan made its world debut at the event last year, and Aston says it should reach speeds of 100 mph as its 820-hp V12 pushes it to the top. Unfortunately for the rest of us, all 24 of the carbon-fiber-laden beauties are sold out.