Eleven out of ten

AS­TON MARTIN FI­NALLY LAUNCHES AN AC­TUAL NEW MODEL WHICH IS SET­TING THE TONE FOR THE NEXT GEN­ER­A­TION OF RE­LEASES FROM THE FA­MOUS BRAND. VIR­TUOZ­ITY WENT TO THE UK TO TRY OUT THE NEW DB11

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it’s also very dif­fer­ent to the cars that have gone be­fore.

It must have been a tough job for the de­sign team to move far enough away from the old cars to en­sure a sea change, but to still re­tain enough of that As­ton ‘feel’ to avoid alien­at­ing the buy­ing pub­lic. But they some­how man­aged that fine balanc­ing act in style.

Then there’s the in­te­rior, which has of­ten been the Achilles heel of many pre­vi­ous mod­els. With that Amg-sourced in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem, it feels right up to date. Well, it feels like a Mercedes, which per­haps shouldn’t be such a sur­prise. For a small man­u­fac­turer to have this level of elec­tronic so­phis­ti­ca­tion is frankly un­heard of, so this is a master stroke by who­ever bro­kered that deal. In one fell swoop As­ton has not only rid it­self of its main is­sue, but it’s jumped right to the front of the au­to­mo­tive arms race.

The seats are fab­u­lous, supportive and built with an in­cred­i­ble eye for de­tail. In the rear there’s two oc­ca­sional seats. There’s even a boot, al­beit a small one, should you fancy a week­end away.

So surely the driv­e­train is an old re­hashed engine and gear­box right? Nope, that’s new too. And with even more AMG in­put it not only sounds great and has the power of a nu­clear power sta­tion un­der the sculp­tured hood, it also feels ro­bust, again an area pre­vi­ous power units per­haps fell short of the mark.

Im­por­tantly, it’s just as happy bum­bling through quaint Bri­tish vil­lages as it is pow­er­ing down a high­way, so the roads of the Gulf will pose it no is­sue. And with twin tur­bos strapped to the 5.2 litre V12, there’s al­most no lag what­so­ever, so all you have to

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