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
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