It’s amazing how some automakers never seem to run out of new ideas. This is especially true of British brand Aston Martin, which has created an amazing array of speedy machines since it was founded in London on the cusp of World War I. The latest head-turner is the 2017 Aston Martin DB11, which made its North American debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and hit U.S. showrooms at the end of 2016.
The first all-new Aston Martin in more than a decade, the DB11 features an Aston Martin engine and an electronic system from Mercedes-AMG, whose parent company, Daimler AG, is a technical partner of Aston Martin.
“The DB11 leads a new design language for what we call Aston Martin’s Second Century [plan]—a flurry of new cars to come between now and the end of the decade,” says Matthew Clarke, general manager of marketing and communications for Aston Martin The Americas. “The new DB11 sets the tone for what will follow— unmistakably an Aston Martin, yet fresh from nose to tail. [The car is] respectful of the DB bloodline’s design legacy, but energized by the challenge of creating a new design to spearhead Aston Martin’s future.”
What’s so special about the DB11? Discover what sets the new Aston Martin apart from both its iconic British predecessors and global competitors.
Described as the single largest piece of automotive aluminum currently in production on planet Earth, the DB11’s trademark hood perfectly blends form and function. The meticulously sculpted metallic cover is a work of art, but also an engineering marvel that allows for increased safety as well as better aerodynamics.
Designed, manufactured and developed by Aston Martin, the brand new 5.2-liter twin-turbo V-12 is the most powerful DB engine of all time. Capable of reaching a 200 mph top speed and racing from zero to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds, the engine is also the most fuel-efficient in Aston Martin history thanks to stop-start technology, variable valve timing and intelligent bank activation.
Seven different hides of hand-crafted leather, including quilted, perforated and brogue, lend the DB11’s interior a sense of luxury and warmth of character found in few modern vehicles. Several critics say the experience of entering the passenger cabin is akin to slipping your foot into a custom-made leather shoe.
It’s unusual for an automaker to trademark a vehicle component. But that’s exactly what Aston Martin has done with the new AeroBlade, an innovative system that removes the need for a rear spoiler by channeling air through side vents on the car body and then vertically through slots across the trunk lid, creating a virtual spoiler comprising nothing more than fast-moving air.
As James Bond could, no doubt, attest, Aston Martins have always been known for their distinctive radiator grilles. While staying true to the marquee, the front end of the DB11 has been re-imagined with strong horizontal lines flanked by all-new LED headlights.
By Joe Yogerst