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Warwickshire Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By Robin Roberts

TEST DRIVE ASTON MARTIN DB11 V12 COUPE

ASTON Martin is on a roll and as part of its ‘se­cond cen­tury’ plan it will be pro­duc­ing a new gen­er­a­tion of SUV cars from an all-new fac­tory at St Athan in South Wales.

In the mean­time, the great Bri­tish mar­que has re­cently recom­mis­sioned its famed New­port Pag­nell fa­cil­ity for spe­cial­ist projects and con­tin­ues to make mod­els at its new home in Gay­don, War­wick­shire.

That’s where the lat­est DB11 is made and it is the nat­u­ral suc­ces­sor to the DB9 – the new fig­ure­head for a se­ries so many know and love, like the DB2/4, DB5 and the DB10 cre­ated for the James Bond film fran­chise.

The V12 en­gine in the DB11 is the most pow­er­ful reg­u­lar pro­duc­tion en­gine in an Aston Martin with ad­vanced me­chan­i­cal soft­ware and fuel tech­nol­ogy to stretch econ­omy with­out de­tract­ing from the per­for­mance and au­ral at­tributes of the pow­er­house.

The fig­ures re­ally speak for them­selves with an ac­cel­er­a­tion from 0 to 60 in 3.9 sec­onds, a top speed of 200mph and fuel con­sump­tion of 24mpg.

What is not seen in the raw sta­tis­tics but felt though the driver’s hands, feet and seat of pants is the way the DB11 steers, rides, han­dles and brakes, in­spir­ing and im­press­ing with every jour­ney.

The new elec­tronic brain in the V12 in­cludes driver-cho­sen GT, Sport and Sport Plus modes to pro­gres­sively sharpen re­sponses from the en­gine and its highly so­phis­ti­cated eight­speed ZF trans­mis­sion which can be left to its own de­vices or man­u­ally mas­saged to bring out the best.

The cock­pit is dom­i­nated by a 12-inch liq­uid crys­tal dis­play for speedome­ter, tachome­ter and es­sen­tial driver in­for­ma­tion and a cen­trally placed eight-inch in­fo­tain­ment screen for nav­i­ga­tion, the high qual­ity sound sys­tem and wifi con­nec­tiv­ity, to­gether with cam­eras and sen­sors to aid park­ing.

Very wide open­ing doors give ex­cel­lent

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