AT A GLANCE
creates an invisible spoiler. Aston Martin calls it AeroBlade.
The interior aims for tradition more than innovation. But among the expanses of flawless leather and lustrous wood are buttons and knobs, switches and screens that will be familiar to any driver of a current C-Class.
The DB11 is the first model from Aston Martin to use Mercedes electrical systems. This is the result of a deal inked with Daimler, owner of Mercedes-Benz, in 2013 and it’s no bad thing.
The parts look, feel and work right.
They need to. When the DB11 arrives in Australia it will wear a $395,000 price tag. The first deliveries, scheduled for December, will be the optionladen $428,022 Launch Edition. All examples are already sold.
As with any other high-end, hi-tech car, the DB11 gives its driver set-up choices. Buttons on the left and right spokes of the steering wheel cycle through GT, Sport and Sport Plus modes for chassis and drivetrain.
In line with the DB11’s Gran Turismo role, the GT settings deliver comfort. The soft damping is just right for highspeed motorway cruising but it permits too much body bobble on a curvy, lumpy road.
Selecting Sport brings a justright degree of discipline to the suspension, some extra eagerness to the accelerator pedal and more weight to the steering. Sport Plus ramps both up another notch. The added stiffness means sportier handling but a bumpier ride.
The electric-assist steering is quick and accurate, the brakes are strong and consistent and the Bridgestone tyres on massive 20-inch wheels provide substantial grip when the going gets hot.
There’s enough power to make the rear end wriggle sideways when accelerating hard out of corners. Turn into a corner too fast and the nose will push wide.
Mostly the DB11 impresses with its well-balanced roadholding, bigtime performance and fluid handling.
It’s not flawless — there’s too much wind noise at high speed, for example — but the DB11 is a truly grand GT. Especially for those who like to be looked at. ASTON MARTIN DB11 PRICE $395,000 WARRANTY 3 years/unlimited km SAFETY Not rated ENGINE 5.2-litre V12 twin turbo, 447kW/700Nm TRANSMISSION 8-speed auto; RWD THIRST N/A DIMENSIONS 4739mm (L), 1940mm (W), 1279mm (H), 2805mm (WB) WEIGHT 1975kg (est) 0-100KM/H 3.9 secs