*NOW UPDATED WITH VIDEO* Aston Martin unveils the DB9’s replacement and the fastest DB model yet, the new DB11
|V12, twin-turbo, 5204cc
|700Nm (516 lb ft) @1500-5000rpm
Finally the wait is over. After months of speculation and a few spy shots, Aston Martin has unveiled ‘the fastest and most accelerative DB model in its history’, the new DB11.
Officially unveiled at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, the new DB11 replaces the now 13-year old DB9 and features a newly designed 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged V12. Purists may mourn the demise of its naturally aspirated predecessor, but the new twin-turbo example producing 600bhp and 700Nm (516lb ft) of torque. Top speed is a sizeable 321kph and 0-100kph takes just 3.9seconds, some seven-tenths quicker than the outgoing DB9. Mated to an eight-speed automatic ZF transmission – a development of that found in the Vanquish and the Rapide S – that features GT, Sport and Sport Plus drive modes.
Technical rejiggery is not just reserved for the powertrain though. There’s a new electric power-steering, plus torque vectoring to firm up the damping and inject a little more sports car agility. At the base of the DB11 lies a lighter, stronger, and more space efficient bonded aluminium platform. Perhaps most impressive though is the new aerodynamic package which improves the efficiency of airflow both over and through the bodywork, which by the way, boasts a similar look to the limited edition DB10.
According to company officials, there has been no transfer of materials or parts from the DB9, the DB11’s sharp-looking bodywork the stiffest Aston has ever produced and some 20kg lighter too. Look past the new front-hinging clamshell bonnet, LED headlights and tweaked front grille, and you’ll find front-end lift is reduced by the release of high-pressure air from inside the wheel arch (this is done via a concealed vent within the redesigned side-strake). The aiflow travelling down the door panels is then pushed under the bootlid and out the back through Aston’s new ‘AeroBlade’ virtual spoiler, removing the need for a rear spoiler all together.
Two new displays are featured inside, one a 12in full-colour TFT LCD display with a centrally-mounted 8inch TFT screen dedicated to infotainment controlled by a rotary control. Its interior can be tailored to suit with a number of colours and materials to choose from, though we recommend you don’t forget the Bang & Olufsen stereo. Another bonus is rear legroom, heavily improved over the DB9 thanks to the front wheels having been pushed forward by 65mm.
Take a deep breath though before you check your bank balance, since prices start from $211,995. First deliveries are scheduled to begin toward the end of the year.
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Source – Aston Martin