Cologne-ial state

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DB11’S all-new twin-turbo 5.2-litre V12 is pro­duced in the com­pany’s en­gine plant in Cologne. The Ger­man lo­ca­tion is a legacy of two decades of Ford own­er­ship that ended in 2007.

There’s a 60-de­gree an­gle be­tween the cylin­der banks, the best for smooth­ness.

As­ton Martin’s ef­fi­ciency en­hance­ment tech is smart. In light-load sit­u­a­tions one bank is shut down to tem­po­rar­ily cre­ate a sin­gle­turbo 2.6-litre in-line six. To keep both its cat­alytic con­vert­ers at op­er­at­ing temp, it switches from one bank to the other.

This el­e­gant en­gi­neer­ing so­lu­tion doesn’t add ex­pense and com­plex­ity to the val­ve­train, and the switchover is ab­so­lutely un­de­tectable from the driver’s seat.

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