AGENT PROVO­CA­TEUR

THE LAT­EST MODEL IN AS­TON MARTIN’S JAMES BOND-AP­PROVED DB SERIES MAKES A CAMEO ON THE STREETS OF PHILADEL­PHIA. BY GE­ORGE POLGAR

Philadelphia Style - - Contents -

The lat­est model in As­ton Martin’s DB series makes a cameo on the streets of Philadel­phia.

Auto fanatics will in­stantly rec­og­nize As­ton Martin’s DB series from its big-screen ap­pear­ance op­po­site Daniel Craig in 2015’s Spec­tre. The DB10 was built ex­clu­sively for the 24th in­stall­ment in the James Bond fran­chise. Now, the new DB11 is the lat­est heir to the 67-year-old As­ton Martin DB series leg­end.

No need to re­sort to a Bond fan­tasy now that the DB11 has come rag­ing into the ul­tra-pre­mium lux­ury per­for­mance coupe race. Even amid the lav­ish hy­per-re­al­ity of the su­per car scene, the new DB11 is a stun­ning evo­lu­tion, em­pha­siz­ing its phys­i­cal­ity in bold, ex­pres­sive ways.

From the dis­tinc­tive front grill to the flaw­less skin stretched blithely across an alu­minum clam shell hood, As­ton Martin hit the mark when it de­scribed the trunk of the car as “an el­e­gantly turned rear.”

There’s noth­ing ran­dom about the As­ton Martin aes­thetic, with ev­ery aero fold and rip­ple sculpted by artists un­der the di­rec­tion of en­gi­neers, mea­sur­ing air­flow and high-speed sta­bil­ity cal­cu­la­tions down to mil­lisec­onds. Un­der­neath the skin, an all-new light­weight, bonded alu­minum struc­ture gives the DB11 high-ve­loc­ity con­fi­dence and swag­ger­ing han­dling prow­ess.

The in­te­rior makes a bold state­ment by com­bin­ing the lat­est in­fo­tain­ment tech­nol­ogy with nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als for an im­pres­sive “form fol­lows func­tion” de­sign scheme.

While chat­ting with Frank Ker­beck about the new DB11 on his show­room floor, the man who ar­guably knows high-end au­to­mo­biles bet­ter than any­one in Philadel­phia opined, “I would say this is one of the most beau­ti­ful cars I’ve ever seen.” Drop the mic. 100 Rte. 73 N., Palmyra, NJ, 855-8461500; fcker­beck.com

Off to the races: With a twin tur­bocharged 5.2- liter V12 en­gine, the new DB11 is the most pow­er­ful DB pro­duc­tion model in As­ton Martin’s his­tory.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.