Aston Martins and V12 engines go together like chocolate and more chocolate, but there have certainly been some memorable V8 models as well. The next one could be the DB11, which debuted last year to considerable praise and aural 5.2-liter V12 delight, but is now slated to receive a 4.0-liter biturbo V8 option that delivers less horsepower, but also less weight. And with a starting price of $198,995, it's $17,500 less than a V12-equipped DB11.
If a biturbo 4.0-liter V8 sounds familiar, it should. We’ve known about the partnership between Aston Martin and Mercedes-AMG for some time now, and the DB11’s new powerplant is a direct result. This is the same engine you’ll find in a few Mercedes models, including the AMG GT S where it makes 503 horsepower. The output for the DB11 is identical, though Aston Martin says its engineers are responsible for the calibration, reprogramming, and all the other ECU-related items to give the AMG mill “the all-important feel and sound” that people associate with Aston Martin.
Compared with the V12-powered DB11, the new V8 gives up nearly 100 horsepower but offers almost the same amount of torque – 513 pound-feet versus 516. Also nearly identical is the V8’s performance, hitting 60 miles per hour in four seconds dead, just a tenth behind the V12. Aston Martin says top speed is down from 200 mph to only 187, but that still isn’t exactly slow.
Perhaps more importantly, the AMG-sourced V8 cuts 253 pounds off the DB11’s nose. Engineers designed new engine mounts that, combined with a slimline wet sump system, allow the mill to be mounted lower in the car. That all equates to a better-handling DB11, which according to the manufacturer has been exploited through retuned suspension to make it a bit more lively in the bends.
Inside, the DB11 V8 offers everything you’d find with the V12. Outside, the new model gets darker headlamp bezels, a unique alloy wheel finish, and a pair of hood vents instead of four.
“The DB11 is the most complete and sophisticated car Aston Martin has ever made,” said Aston Martin boss Andy Palmer. “Now, with this new V8 engine option we have broadened its appeal by offering a car that’s more affordable while still blessed with the exceptional performance and memorable character that sets Aston Martin apart from its rivals. I’m particularly proud that this car is the first to receive an engine supplied by our technical partner, Mercedes-AMG. Not least because thanks to the nature of our relationship with AMG we have been given complete freedom to tailor this exceptional power unit so that it meets the particular needs and demands of an Aston Martin.”
Should you fancy a bit of German chocolate with your British cake, the V8-powered DB11 is now available for order with deliveries expected to begin later this year. In the meantime, Aston Martin will debut the new car this weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Source: Aston Martin
Gallery: 2017 Aston Martn DB11 V8
SUBLIME CHOICES: DB11 NOW OFFERED WITH V8 ENGINE
DB11 now available with choice of twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 or 5.2-liter V12 engines
First Aston Martin model to receive Mercedes-AMG supplied power unit
All engine calibration and installation handled in-house by Aston Martin
New V8 delivers 503bhp and 513lb.ft of torque
28 June 2017, Gaydon: After its successful global introduction in 2016, Aston Martin’s definitive GT - the acclaimed DB11 - is now available with a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine. Perfectly complementing the DB11’s existing 5.2-liter twin turbocharged V12 engine, this new powerplant has provided the opportunity to reveal more of the DB11’s sporting character, while expanding its global appeal with a combination of exceptional performance and improved efficiency.
Producing 503bhp and 513lb.ft of torque, the V8 engine’s potency is beyond question, propelling the DB11 from 0-62mph in just 4.0sec and on to a top speed of 187mph.
The V8-powered DB11 is the first Aston Martin to receive an engine supplied by technical partners, Mercedes-AMG. The inherent qualities of this light, compact and characterful power unit make it the ideal choice to sit alongside the existing V12 engine. Aston Martin’s engineering team has been entirely responsible for the engine’s installation, tailoring it perfectly for its application in the DB11 with bespoke air intake, exhaust and wet sump lubrication systems.
Aston Martin has also been responsible for the electronic calibration of the V8 engine, creating new ECU software and reprogramming the engine and throttle mapping to ensure it possesses the all-important feel and sound for which Aston Martins are renowned.
With its rich reserves of effortless performance, the V12-engined DB11 already fulfills the role of consummate high-performance luxury Grand Tourer. This provided the ideal opportunity to explore the more dynamic side of the DB11’s character and capabilities with the V8-engine option.
To this end Aston Martin engineers designed new engine mounts, which together with the bespoke, slimline wet sump system enables the V8 to be mounted as low as possible for an optimised centre-of-gravity. The V8 engine is also lighter and more compact than the V12, which contributes to a saving of 253lb and a kerbweight of 3880lb.
With more of that mass centred within the wheelbase, the V8-engined DB11 has an increased sense of agility - a quality that has been fully exploited with detailed revisions to the suspension bushing, geometry, anti-roll bars, springs, dampers and ESP software. By carefully crafting its dynamic character to be distinct from that of the V12, the V8 appeals to those customers drawn to a refined and comfortable GT with a more sporting bias.
There are subtle visual differences between the two variants that include a unique alloy wheel finish, dark headlamp bezels and a pair of bonnet vents instead of the quartet featured on the V12. These vents come in a choice of black or titanium-finish mesh, again different from that fitted to the twelve-cylinder variant.
Inside, both V8 and V12 customers have the same standard equipment levels and the same extensive choice of colour and trim options. They can also elect to enhance the specification of their car via the same Option Packs and Designer Specification packages, plus a suite of Q by Aston Martin - Collection options.
Aston Martin President and CEO, Dr Andy Palmer said of the V8-engined DB11: “The DB11 is the most complete and sophisticated car Aston Martin has ever made. Now, with this new V8 engine option we have broadened its appeal by offering a car that’s more affordable while still blessed with the exceptional performance and memorable character that sets Aston Martin apart from its rivals. I’m particularly proud that this car is the first to receive an engine supplied by our technical partner, Mercedes-AMG. Not least because thanks to the nature of our relationship with AMG we have been given complete freedom to tailor this exceptional power unit so that it meets the particular needs and demands of an Aston Martin.”
Aston Martin Chief Technical Officer, Max Szwaj, commented: “As an engineer I find the DB11 a fascinating car. One with great depth of character and ability. Of course the V12-engined variant is an icon - an ultimate, if you like, but the V8 is very much its own car. One with a distinct and carefully crafted character that’s truly seductive. It has been hugely rewarding to put our stamp on this new engine - both in the way it sounds and performs - and to use its impressive attributes as the impetus to reveal a little more of the DB11’s sporting character. To be able to offer not one, but two exceptional GT cars is terrific for Aston Martin and our customers.”
The V8-powered DB11 is on sale now with a recommended retail price from $198,995 in the US. Deliveries will commence in Qtr 4 2017. The new V8-powered DB11 will make its dynamic debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK, this weekend.