Making its debut entry in at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the Aston Martin DB 11 is the replacement to their outgoing DB9. The DB11 also became the first vehicle for the manufacturer’s ‘Second Century’ series of vehicles. Although the vehicle is essentially a premium buy for an average car buyer, the technology that drives Aston Martin branded vehicles ensure that you get utmost value for each penny that you have spent. The DB11 is a major departure from the DB9’s design but still borrows several of its cues from the outgoing vehicle so it certainly feels like a successor rather than being a totally new model.
The DB11 being a high powered Grand Tourer, underpins a monstrous 5.2-litre V-12 engine that churns out 600 bhp @ 6500 RPM. The engine was built by hand in the Aston Martin workshop and delivers its magnanimous power to the rear-wheels providing the car with a top speed of 322 kmph. The engine also marks the first time that the manufacturers have equipped their vehicle with a self-produced drivetrain. The power of this herculean powertrain is controlled via a 8-Speed ZF automatic gearbox that ensures a highly comfortable drive while enhancing fuel-efficiency. There are some news about a V8 version showing up later on, but it hasn’t been officially confirmed by the British manufacturers as of now.
Exterior form a major portion of a vehicle’s ‘eye catching’ quotient, and this is especially true when it comes to a manufacturer as fine as Aston Martin. Known for their elegant and iconic vehicular design, the British automakers have certainly created a vehicle that will immediately win favor among onlookers. The front features a signature Aston Martin grille with LED headlamps that sit seamlessly inside the hood scoops on the sides. The rear also looks mesmerising with thin clusters for the LED tail-lights. The dual exhausts at the rear complete the sports car aesthetic that is fitting for the monster under the DB11’s hood. The aerodynamic cuts on the sides are extremely functional in reducing drag resistance along with the ‘Aeroblades’ on the wings that directs all the oncoming winds to the vehicle’s sides.
Although it is pretty obvious that an Aston Martin brand car will have some of the most luxurious interiors that money can buy, people still love to get surprised. The larger body dimensions have certainly worked in favor as the interiors feel far more spacious as compared to its predecessors. The steering wheel looks extremely elegant and ergonomic with several controls for convenience. The instrument cluster also contains a single circular digital speedometer, along with digitized display for other information. The dashboard also looks neatly sculpted with an insane looking centre console with tons of advanced looking features and controls. The 8-inch display screen can be used for entertainment, navigation or for viewing feed from the 360 degree camera. The upholstery also looks totally upmarket and yell out the word ‘Premium’ in bold caps.
Safety is never a concern when it comes to Aston Martin vehicles. The new body frame is claimed to be their strongest ever that ensures passenger safety in the worst case scenarios. Apart from the ‘collision resistant’ body, the DB11 GT is equipped with all the advanced safety features such as ABS, EBD, Stability control, 360 degree camera, Cruise control, lane departure, brake assist, collision prevention and many more to provide maximum safety to the occupants. The rear braking is provided by two ventilated discs (being a rear-wheel drive) and same is the case with the front wheels.
There’s no doubt that a legendary automaker such as Aston Martin will not create an abomination, especially when it comes to the DB9’s successor. The turbocharged V12 engine along with the spellbinding exterior design will ensure that people won’t be able to resist looking at it twice.