The first brand new Aston Martin V12 in a long time has just gone into production at the British marque's engine plant in Cologne, Germany. The new car is Aston's most powerful ever, and propels the new DB11 to the fastest ever Aston top speed and with the fastest 0-100 time.
The Aston Martin Engine Plant in Cologne can produce up to 8000 engines per year with a permanent staff of 100, and will continue building the naturally aspirated 6.0-litre V12 and 4.7-litre V8 used in other Aston Martin models, but the new 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 is the most advanced the company has built.
While it uses the same bore as the 6.0-litre and a shorter stroke, the 600bhp (447kW) and 6516lbft (700Nm) engine is Aston's most powerful, but doesn't come at a weight disadvantage despite the extra plumbing associated with the twin twin-scroll turbochargers and intercooler -- the block itself is lighter, as are the exhaust manifold and crankshaft.
The DB11 is expected to be released in Australia during the final quarter of this year, with a recommended retail price of $428,032.