The Aston Martin DB11 has received its world premiere today at the Geneva Motor Show and it was well worth the long wait.
Representing Aston’s first model from the “Second Century” expansion plan, the DB9 replacement embraces the turbocharging era thanks to a newly developed biturbo 5.2-liter V12 engine. It develops 600 horsepower (447 kilowatts / 608 PS) at 6,500 rpm and a maximum torque of 516 pound-feet (700 newton meters) from 1,500 rpm.
This makes it the most powerful DB model ever made and also the quickest, with a 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) sprint in 3.9 seconds and a maximum velocity of 200 mph (322 kph). The power generated by the twelve-cylinder engine is channeled to the rear axle through an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission that works with a mechanical limited-slip differential featuring active torque vectoring.
Compared to the DB9 it replaces, the new DB11 is longer, wider, lower, and comes with an elongated wheelbase while the 3,902 pounds / 1,770 kg (dry) weight is distributed 51% front & 49% rear. It sits on 20-inch ten-spoke wheels with a diamond turned finish and wrapped in bespoke Bridgestone tires.
Taken from the track-only Vulcan is a gill-like vent built into the wheel arches to reduce aerodynamic lift on the front axle. Moving at the back, rear-end lift is diminished thanks to the virtual spoiler called “AeroBlade” which is fed by subtle air intakes mounted at the base of the C-pillars.
The interior is more spacious than before thanks to the elongated wheelbase and it hosts a 12-inch digital instrument cluster together with an 8-inch infotainment display. A rotary control provides access to the numerous functions available while an optional touchpad will be available as well. Not like it matters a lot on such a car, but cargo capacity is up by 20% to 9.5 cubic feet (270 liters) compared to the DB9.
Looking at the options list, some goodies that caught our attention include the 1,000-watt Bang & Olufsen sound system, glossy black roof, ventilated seats, powered armrest, and power seat bolsters.
Aston Martin was kind enough to reveal pricing details right away, with a standard DB11 kicking off at £154,900 in UK, €204,900 in Germany, and $211,995 in United States. Anxious buyers will have to wait until the fourth quarter of the year when Aston Martin will commence deliveries.