The DB11 is the first new car to be launched in Aston Martin’s ‘Second Century’ plan, and is reputed to be ‘the most significant Aston since the introduction of the DB9 in 2003′.
Aston’s CEO, Andy Palmer, said: ‘DB11 is the absolute embodiment of what an Aston Martin should be and we have worked tirelessly to ensure that DB11 combines both exceptional design with the latest technology throughout.
‘A brand new bonded aluminium platform, clever aerodynamics, a new characterful twin-turbo V12 and class-leading infotainment systems are just a few aspects which make this the sports car that will proudly spearhead Aston Martin’s second century plan.’
Deliveries of the new GT will start towards the end of 2016 and it’ll set you back £154,900.
Understandable. Its looks likely won’t come as a huge surprise, primarily because a snapshot of the upcoming GT – taken at what looked to be a private event – had already revealed its front-end styling. Evident was the DB11’s heavily chiselled nose and LED daytime running lights.
The new pictures, however, show off the new V12-engined GT in full. It again presents a long-bonnet, cab-backward stance, allowing the car to accommodate its 12-cylinder engine. Other styling features include a jutting front spoiler, headlamps ‘bleeding’ back over the edges of the wings and highly sculpted and blistered rear wheelarches.
Also on display are elegant LED tail-lights and a black strake between the rear pillar and the wing which creates a floating roof effect. The DB11 also has a clamshell bonnet, which hinges forwards, offering improved access compared to the DB9’s conventional set-up.
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There’s lots of aerodynamic trickery at work, too. Front-end lift is reduced by concealed vents within those distinctive side strakes – and at the back a cool ‘AeroBlade’ spoiler serves to cut lift at the tail. It takes air from the base of each C-pillar, then vents it from a slot in the rear deck – helping keep the tail down, without ruining the Aston’s lines.
It’s an in-house designed twin-turbocharged 5.2-litre V12. Alas, it seems like the naturally aspirated twelve-cylinder era is over at Aston, as the company strives to meet tightening emissions requirements and economy considerations.
The all-aluminium V12 produces a stout 600bhp and 516lb ft, which is sent to the rear wheels via a rear-mounted eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox. Peak power is produced at 6500rpm, while peak torque is usefully on offer from 1500-5000rpm.
It’s got a host of modern features, too, including cylinder deactivation and stop-start technology – all of which should serve to boost its economy and cut emissions further. Helping make good use of the power are new driver assistance systems, including torque vectoring and electric power steering.
Whether it’s an all-new engine or not remains to be seen; Aston has a lot of experience with its current V12 powerplant, though, and it would be surprising if it was ditched in its entirety.
Aston Martin claims the DB11 will sprint from 0-62mph in 3.9sec and hit a top speed of 200mph.
There’s more cleverness in the roof. There’s another ‘strake’ there, that runs continuously and seamlessly the length of the car. It’s extruded, bent, pressed, laser cut and then polished and anodised (though that’s optional, and the jury’s out for us). What’s not optional is the AeroBlade, which does away with an ugly big rear spoiler by feeding air across the boot panel and rear deck via channels hidden in the C-pillars. It reduces lift, while allowing the designers to have their sloping rear end cake and eat it (though a relatively tiddly spoiler does still deploy at high speed). Aston has patented the idea, and it’s proof that the company is developing impressive aero know-how.
Over to Minards: ‘Miles [Nurnberger, Aston’s exterior design head] said, “I don’t want a big spoiler, what can you do?” and the AeroBlade was the result. We don’t need big committees to get things done. We have an amazing ability to free-think. The AeroBlade is a good example of that.’ ‘Working alongside Design, we’ve created not only a cleaner and more beautiful shape, but also an incredibly effective and efficient aerodynamic instrument,’ Aston’s aero boss Darren Coe adds.