Aston Marton DB11 V8 Less engine, more car
Slotting a Merc V8 into Aston’s big coupe turns out to be a stroke of genius: more agile, more eicient and better value too.
THIS DB11 MIGHT look, go and even sound just like a big Aston Martin should, but there’s one big break with tradition when you lift the clamshell bonnet: the V12 engine has been removed. There’s no need to panic-buy a Vanquish S, as you can still get the full 12-cylinder symphony in your DB11, but this new entry-level variant runs essentially the same 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 as a Mercedes-AMG C63 S. Aston has tweaked the Bosch management to its own recipe; Mercedes has subjected the DB11 to its own durability programme, as you would if you remained liable for all engine warranty claims.
It’s a logical next step for the partnership, what with Mercedes owning a small stake in the British company and already supplying the DB11 – and all future Astons – with its electrical architecture.
Feels logical too. You need only hear the V8 engine’s rumble on start-up and drive the first few miles to know the Anglo-German marriage is a perfect tie-up: torque floods in from low down and really punches from 2400rpm, there’s so little turbo lag that you devote energy to actually looking for it, and the thunderous bellow through the exhausts sounds so Aston that you could easily believe it was a V12 you were hearing.4
Unfazed by Brexit, Aston’s AMG alliance comes good with a mighty ine V8