DB11 quickens your heart
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