Aston Martin DB11 Unveiled: Bigger, Faster, More Powerful

James Bond has a new car. The successor to the iconic Aston Martin DB9 -- and the one-off DB10 -- has been revealed at the Geneva Motor Show, and the DB11 is a significant redesign; a new twin-turbocharged V12 engine, and a lighter aluminium bodyframe, mean that the company's newest car is simultaneously its most powerful and most efficient.

The DB11 is longer, wider and slightly taller than the DB9, but that means more room inside -- wider door entry space, more headroom and legroom, and even mounting points for two child seats in the rear. There's that distinctive Aston styling across both the outside and inside, but like many of its luxury competitors the DB11 has stormed into the information age with a fully digital 12-inch LCD for the instrument cluster, as well as an 8-inch display in the centre of the dash for in-car satellite navigation and media.

There's an extensively redeveloped engine under the DB11's bonnet -- last year's 5.9-litre naturally aspirated V12 has been ditched in favour of a 5.2-litre, twin-turbocharged V12 developing 447kW and 700Nm of torque at maximum evolution, making the DB11 Aston Martin's most powerful production DB-model vehicle ever. The car will sprint 0-100km/h in 3.9 seconds, and will head to an electronically limited top speed of 320km/h. It's also the first Aston with electric power steering, as well as torque vectoring for equal power distribution between the rear wheels.

It's efficient, too, with stop-start for the engine in traffic and on-demand cylinder deactivation during light-duty driving, effectively cutting power and fuel consumption on half the V12's cylinders down to an inline six-cylinder. That trend of effiency continues, too, with smarter aero bodywork both in the curlicue near the front wheels -- which disperses high-pressure air and keeps the front of the car planted -- and a "virtual spoiler" in the rear fed by intakes behind the rear side windows which Aston Martin calls the AeroBlade.

Price? Not cheap, but not outrageous -- Aston Martin is forecasting £154,900 in the UK, €204,900 in Germany and US$211,995 in the United States, with deliveries starting in the fourth quarter of this year.



    I think it looks awesome, much more shape than the DB9 which I felt was pretty but a little bland. I'm still warming to the back when viewed in profile though, where the C pillar meets the body with that two-tone colour and then the very F-Type looking section rearward of the back wheel.

    @Campbell Simpson: if you guys get to review one of these I'd love to hear some audio of the new turbo V12 ;) The outgoing N/A V12 will be hard to match.

    I also really want to see some research on these LCD instruments that are in fashion now, particularly in relation to eye strain over extended periods and in various conditions, inc. night time driving. And contrasted to traditional instruments in the same tests.

    0-100 time is not amazing considering its a v12-twin-turbo and costs probably around $300,000 Australian. I know austin martin is more about refinement but still..

      3.9sec & 320km/h aren't exactly slow... but also not troubling a Ferrari F12 either so I understand your point.

      This car, like the DB9 it replaces, is built as a GT car, something comfortable for cruising along European highways on your way to a Château while still being sporty enough to enjoy some interesting backroads.

      There will be a smaller, sportier, model, like the current V8/V12 Vantage, and I'm sure a faster version of the DB11 platform too, like the the DBS & current Vanquish were to the DB9.

        This car is half the price of an F12 so no-one would expect it to be as fast. That said, 3.9s for a RWD car is blisteringly fast. In a flying lap it would be very, very hard to beat.

          Maybe a few years back, 3.9 was quick but these days my little $50k GolfR with a tune can scrabble to 100 in under 3.9 (best is about 3.7) admittedly its 4WD.

            The gen7 gti golf does it in 6.5. A tune shaves 2.8 seconds off?

              The gti and the R are very different beasts. bigger turbo, different head, different injectors, 4 wheel drive and i think somewhere in the realm of about 15-20% more power and torque plus a hefty dose of extra killograms to house all that stuff.

              Not exact figures but that gives you an idea of the difference in time between the two cars in a straight line.

                I do stand corrected 4.9 for the R version.

                  Yes 4.9 stock, but pretty much any stage 1 tune GolfR can hit 100 under 4 seconds. No modifications other than the plug in tune.

                  3.7 seconds 0-100 is what the best cars with just the tune can do, stock tyres, no mods.

            "... with a tune"? A standard Golf R is 5.0 seconds flat. You are not going to get 1.1 seconds off with a tune. Maybe with a whole new ECU and some brilliant programming, although I'd be sceptical, but certainly not just with a tune. After all, the AMG A45 has 60kW more than a Golf R, yet it only manages 4.4s.

            In any event, I was very specific about RWD, not AWD. Of course an AWD car is going to do well from a standing start but that is hardly a useful measure of a car's real speed. Your Golf R is a slug of a thing, easily bested by an SS Ute for ten grand less.

    Looks very heavy

      Of course it's heavy, it has to contain a V12. 1770kg is about par for the course.

    @Campbell Simpson, not that I don't appreciate your reviews and articles, but are there any plans to roll-out an Australian Jalopnik?

    It is by far my favourite site on the web, with a great community but it is pretty US -centric. Would even be great if you guys cross posted on it sometimes, like we get US Giz articles here.

    Last edited 03/03/16 2:27 pm

      We're always considering new opportunities from the Gawker family! Jalopnik is an amazing site, I spend a lot of time on it myself -- but if and when we do bring it over, we'd have to spend a lot of time and effort making it relevant and interesting for an Aussie audience. It's not a decision we'd make lightly :)

        Considering the Aussie market isn't as big as the US, it'll be hard. But yeah, it would be awesome if you guys can pull it off. I'm sure you can find a couple of good writers. I'm happy for reposts but rewrite it with your language (which makes Jalop a great read, the author's wording shenanigans and adventures).

        P.S. I think Campbell is one of the best things to happen to this site.

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