Aston Martin’s new world-beater SUBSCRIPTIONS
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.