Geneva show – Aston Martin debuts DB11

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Aston Martin describes the DB11, unveiled at the Geneva motor show, as the “most powerful, most efficient and most dynamically gifted DB model” in the brand’s history.

As a result, the new Grand Tourer is regarded as “the most significant new Aston Martin since the introduction of the DB9 in 2003”.

The DB11 is the first car launched under the brand’s ‘Second Century’ growth plan and begins a new design era for Aston Martin. According to CEO Andy Palmer the brand aspires to make the most beautiful cars in the world and the DB11 is the absolute embodiment of what an Aston Martin should be.

“We have worked tirelessly to ensure that DB11 combines both exceptional design with the latest technology throughout – a brand-new bonded aluminium platform, clever aerodynamics, a new characterful twin-turbo V12 and class-leading infotainment systems are just a few aspects which make this the sports car that will proudly spearhead Aston Martin’s second century plan,” Palmer says.

The DB11’s 5.2-litre engine sits inside a lighter, stronger, and more space-efficient bonded aluminium structure. Peak power is 600bhp, alongside 516lbft of torque, which endows the car with a 0-62mph time of 3.9 seconds and a maximum speed of 200mph, as well as improved efficiency.

Upgrades across the car encompass a suite of new technologies, including multiple driver-selectable dynamic modes – GT, Sport and Sport Plus, an eight-speed automatic ZF transmission, new electric power steering and Torque Vectoring by braking, and adaptive damping with firmer settings.

As a result, according to Aston Martin, the DB11 will combine exceptional ride comfort with the performance ability expected of a sports car.

Inside, meanwhile, features a new instrument cluster based around a full-colour 12-inch TFT LCD display, with a second, centrally-mounted eight-inch TFT infotainment screen. It can be configured using either a rotary control or an optional touchpad, and features include a new satellite navigation and audio system, auto-park assist and a 360-degree birds-eye view camera.

More basic requirements have also been addressed, with the DB11 offering increased interior room particularly in the rear seats, and wider door openings.

First deliveries of the DB11 begin towards the end of 2016, at prices starting from £154,900.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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