The 2017 Aston Martin DB11 is a GT Unlike Anything Before
The new Aston Martin DB11 is an absolute beast. In fact, Aston Martin managed to couple extreme luxury with amazing performance in a way that’ll make you think twice before buying any other GT. From the sound, the looks, the engine, and just about every aspect of the car, it’s quite possibly become the ultimate grand tourer.
There’s Something Special Under the Hood
The Aston Martin DB11 has an all new twin-turbocharged V12 under the hood. Now I know you’re asking yourself why they didn’t put a naturally aspirated engine under the hood. We thought that same thing when we took our first look at the car. Amazingly, Aston Martin managed to keep the V12 growl from the engine despite the turbos. We feel that this makes up for getting rid of natural aspiration.
This English V12 makes 600 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque and is fitted with a fantastic 8-speed automatic transmission. The DB11 has a curb weight of 4,080 lbs – but don’t think the hefty weight will cripple performance, because Aston Martin thought of that.
Another cool aspect of this V12 is how it saves gas. When in GT mode (not sport) and cruising, the car will automatically shut off 6 cylinders so it’s only running on 6. This really helps that big V12 to save gas, though it’s still only rated for 22 MPG on the highway.
She has a 0-60 sprint of about 3.9 seconds with a max speed of 200 mph (C/D estimates). All of this is partly in thanks to the amazing aero system Aston Martin ingeniously implemented into the body. There’s louvres in the front on the car, but it comes in through the wheel well and exits on the side of the car. There’s also an intake in the back which pushes air in and through the trunk, resulting in the same effect a spoiler would have. All of this results in helping the car stick and grip through the corners.
The best part of this aero system is how Aston Martin implemented it in the DB11. It’s done in a way that looks absolutely beautiful and doesn’t stick out unnaturally. But honestly, the whole car is a work of art, so we’re not exactly surprised.
A Luxurious Interior to Put Rolls-Royce to Shame
I can’t lie – the Aston Martin DB11 has one of the most luxurious interior’s I’ve ever seen. It has some crazy features that I’m not sure are even in any other cars currently available on the market. Though I guess this is something to be expected with a base MSRP of $214,820.
For Instance, the car can detect where the sun is mostly shining on the passenger and driver. Based on this, the car will adjust the air conditioning to blow cooler air in that specific spot on you or your passenger. It will detect the sun, the suns position, your seating position, and how tall you are. This is in aim of giving the most comfortable riding experience for those in the car, and it’s just a really cool feature to have.
Next, the Aston Martin DB11 has an interior (almost) entirely made by hand by the men and women at the Aston Martin factory. The only thing not hand made are the seats, which are made by Recaro. Everything is lined in nicely stitched leather or has carbon fiber.
Even the center console is something to be impressed with. Instead of a latch or handle to open it on a hinge like in most cars, it’s powered. There’s a little button right in front of the lid, and all you have to do it pull it to open the leather wrapped console. To close it just push that button forward. It’s something simple that adds an extremely elegant feel to the car.
Wrapping It Up
The Aston Martin DB11 was never intended as a car to take to the track. The great thing is it’s still a car you could take to the track and have an amazing time in. But more than anything, this is a comfortable GT cruiser that you’d want to take your wife out in. It’s something you’d want to take out on a nice day for a relaxing drive.
From the factory, the Aston Martin DB11 has a growl to compete with the likes of a Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R. It sounds like a car that should have an insane 0-60 time and kill you from a stiff suspension. So when you get in the drivers seat and start driving, you don’t expect to be floating on a cloud – but you basically are.
I’m extremely impressed with the Aston Martin DB11 and what has been accomplished with it. It couples performance and luxury in a way that’s very rare to see, and has a beautiful sounding V12. This car has made me excited to see what Aston Martin has in store for the future.