DB11 V8

Costa Almería News - - Sport -

To dis­miss the DB11 V8 as an en­try-level ver­sion of As­ton Martin's lat­est grand tourer wouldn't be en­tirely fair. Sure, with a re­tail price of €163.400 it's €14.660 cheaper than its V12pow­ered sta­ble­mate, but ac­cord­ing to As­ton this is an en­tirely dif­fer­ent beast.

While the full-fat DB11 V12 was de­signed for cross­ing con­ti­nents in supreme com­fort at a sig­nif­i­cant rate of knots, As­ton Martin claims the V8 model is the one to go for if you're a keen driver. Yes, it's about 100bhp down on the V12, but the lack of those four ex­tra cylin­ders right over the front of the car mean the V8 is 115kg lighter, and it also means this par­tic­u­lar As­ton Martin has a weight dis­tri­bu­tion of 49:51 as op­posed to its big brother's 51:49. its darker head­lamp bezels, dif­fer­ent vents in the bon­net, and darker tail lights are the main al­ter­ations the more ea­gle-eyed will pick out. These changes have been in­tro­duced to give the DB11 V8 a slightly more sport­ing and ath­letic im­age than the V12 model. Al­though the DB11's V8 en­gine may have been sourced from sprint from 0-60mph in just 3.8 sec­onds, while its top speed sits at 187mph. For per­spec­tive, the V12 DB11 will com­plete the same sprint in 3.7 sec­onds, so the V8 won't ex­actly be left for dead by its more ex­pen­sive sta­ble­mate. While this likely won't be a huge con­cern for As­ton Martin own­ers, the DB11 V8 trumps the V12 model as far as fuel econ­omy and CO2 emis­sions are con­cerned. Where the V12 man­ages -24.8mpg on the com­bined cy­cle, the V8 will do 28.5mpg. CO2 emis­sions for the V8 stand at 230g/km, while the V12 rises to 265g/km. In a word, the DB11 V8 is sublime. into a bend safe in the knowl­edge that it won't sud­denly wash out. As­ton has also worked a trick with the DB11's damp­ing.

Out on the motorway, the DB11 re­ally comes into its el­e­ment. The V8 en­gine has power on tap, and even in sev­enth gear it pulls as­ton­ish­ingly well. Any­one who has spent time in a Mercedes will no doubt be met with a sense of deja vu, due to the in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem be­ing lifted straight from the Ger­man man­u­fac­turer's model line-up (an­other fruit of As­ton and Daim­ler's re­la­tion­ship).

Past that, though, the DB11 is all As­ton Martin. There's leather all over the place, which has been sourced from cows raised in fields that aren't fenced in with barbed wire. Ac­cord­ing to As­ton Martin, this helps to en­sure the leather is of the high­est qual­ity. One thing's for sure: the DB11's cabin is a great place to spend time. The DB11 V8 bears a rec­om­mended re­tail price of €163.400, so it's cer­tainly not cheap. That said, it is in­tended to be an ex­clu­sive, lux­u­ri­ous GT car, so an af­ford­able price tag was never go­ing to be on the table.

As far as equip­ment goes, there's a full leather in­te­rior, an in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem with 12inch LCD dis­play, satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion and 360-de­gree park­ing cam­era, to name but a few fea­tures. And if you think you'll tire of lis­ten­ing to the car's V8 sound­track, you can also or­der your DB11 with a pre­mium Bang & Olufsen au­dio sys­tem. Al­though the DB11 V8 may be down four cylin­ders com­pared with the range-top­ping V12, by no means should you think that it's in any form a lesser car. Like the DB11 V12, it's a mar­vel­lous cross-con­ti­nen­tal grand tourer, but thanks to its new light­weight en­gine, the DB11 V8 is now more ag­ile than ever. For those who value out­right dy­namic abil­ity over chal­leng­ing roads, this might just be the car to go for.

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