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.

CAR (UK) - - Contents - By Ben Barry

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

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