DB11 quick­ens your heart

Warwickshire Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

front seat ac­cess but it’s more of a fid­dle to squeeze into the two bucket back-seats and the legroom be­hind is very short and con­trasts with that in front.

Head­room is ad­e­quate in the front, less so be­hind, and there is poor odd­ments room through­out and a rel­a­tively small boot of just 270 litres for a grand tourer of such cal­i­bre.

For­tu­nately, the DB11 is quick enough to make longer jour­neys eas­ily ac­com­plished and you do so in su­perb com­fort thanks to the new plat­form and sus­pen­sion.

It is slightly firm but not at all hard, it soaks up bumps and ridges with­out com­plaint or loss of com­po­sure and when you are press­ing on around some twist­ing tracks it sticks like glue thanks to its very big wheels and tyres with lit­tle roll or pitch­ing.

The han­dling is in­spir­ing and safe, the elec­tric steer­ing pin sharp and pro­gres­sive while the mas­sive steel brakes re­sult in dra­matic de­cel­er­a­tion.

It’s a big car but with fa­mil­iar­ity it ac­tu­ally feels smaller and that’s down to its dy­namic qual­i­ties and re­sponses, its road-hold­ing and agility. A driver is un­likely to ever find its lim­its of ad­he­sion.

The leather-filled in­te­rior is im­pres­sive and in­di­vid­ual ar­eas can be fin­ished from a lengthy list of choices, but I thought the “mar­bled” door cas­ings in the test car looked out of place.

The ul­tra smooth ex­te­rior lines of the DB11 re­ally flow from front to back, around both ends and over the roof in a most sat­is­fy­ing style which cap­tures air­flow to im­prove sta­bil­ity and cool­ing at the same time.

Out­wardly it en­gen­ders com­ments about its styling and in­side it makes oc­cu­pants com­ment on its lux­ury, but for the driver it sim­ply makes your heart beat faster and feel more at one with the world, and your DB11 or course. Model: Aston Martin DB11 V12 Coupe Price: £157,900 Me­chan­i­cal: 600bhp, 5,198cc, 12cyl petrol en­gine driv­ing rear wheels via 8-speed au­to­matic gear­box Max speed: 200mph 0-62mph: 3.9 sec­onds Com­bined mpg: 24 Ins group: 50 CO2 emis­sions: 265g/km BiK rat­ing: 37% War­ranty: 2yrs/un­lim­ited mileage

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