As­ton Martin’s new world-beater SUB­SCRIP­TIONS

VANTAGE - - Viewpoint - Richard Meaden, editor

New DB As­tons don’t come along very of­ten, but, rather like pe­ri­odic comets, when they do they blaze a trail that makes the whole world stop and take no­tice. so it was with the DB9 and so it is with the DB11.

I can still vividly re­call the mo­ment the DB9 was launched. Less the de­but of a new car, more the rein­ven­tion of an en­tire mar­que, DB9 was the world-class car that lifted As­ton Martin from quaint cot­tage in­dus­try to pre­mium-lux­ury pow­er­house. An all-new car, built in an all-new fa­cil­ity and herald­ing an all­new range of dy­namic and di­verse mod­els, DB9 re­mained the back­bone of As­ton Martin for more than a decade.

Big boots to fill, in other words, yet DB11 looks poised to as­sume the role with equal mea­sures of au­dac­ity and aplomb. A world-beater on looks alone, this 592bhp, 200mph ma­chine prom­ises so much it was al­most un­bear­able to see and sit in an early ex­am­ple, but not be al­lowed to drive it. our time will come – soon, hope­fully! – but right now there’s no doubt the DB11 is the most sig­nif­i­cant new As­ton Martin since the DB9, and a crit­i­cal step in the mar­que’s high-stakes ‘sec­ond Cen­tury’ plan.

won­der­ful as it is to welcome a truly new DB into the world, I have to con­fess it left us with some­thing of a dilemma here at Van­tage tow­ers. Giv­ing the eleven its de­served top billing on the cover meant we had to bump the glo­ri­ous DB4 Gt to a sec­ondary ‘taster’. As the Gt would com­fort­ably make my all-time top three As­tons, it was a nice prob­lem to have.

It seems remarkable that a car built half a cen­tury ago can still com­mand such re­spect and de­sire. that is, right up un­til the mo­ment you get to drive one, at which point it all makes per­fect sense. whether you’re a fan of the DB4 Gt or new to its charms, we hope our ex­haus­tive 40-page celebration cap­tures this fab­u­lous car’s mys­tique, and serves to un­der­line the breadth and magic of the in­com­pa­ra­ble DB blood­line.

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