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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

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