V8 MAKES DB11 GREAT DB11 V8

The V8-pow­ered DB11 has fewer ponies than the V12 DB11, but is sur­pris­ingly sportier.

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TTWO years ago, As­ton Martin re­leased the DB11 V12, its first all-new car in 12 years. Now, the car­maker has launched the DB11 V8, the “en­trylevel” model in the DB11 lineup.

While the 5.2-litre V12 in the first DB11 is an As­ton Martin en­gine, the 4-litre V8 in this model, along with the whole neu­ral net­work that runs it and the elec­tron­ics, is from Mercedes-Benz’s AMG di­vi­sion. It is the key piece in the tech­ni­cal part­ner­ship be­tween As­ton Martin and Daim­ler, the par­ent com­pany of Mercedes-Benz.

If you like the break­through styling of the new DB11, the good news is that there are only sub­tle dif­fer­ences be­tween the V8 and V12 mod­els.

For in­stance, the wheels have the same de­sign, but the ones on the V8 have a unique al­loy fin­ish. A closer look re­veals dark­ened head­lamp bezels and just a pair of bon­net vents, in­stead of the quar­tet found on the V12. In­side, both V8 and V12 mod­els have the same level of stan­dard equip­ment. Buy­ers are also of­fered the same ex­ten­sive choice of colour and trim op­tions. Fea­tures such as the 12-inch dig­i­tal in­stru­ment clus­ter and the cen­trally placed 8-inch in­fo­tain­ment screen are iden­ti­cal, too. There are some no­tice­able dif­fer­ences, though. The V8 has de-chromed knobs for the air-con vents, and many of the bezels or sur­rounds have been toned down to re­duce the bling. Even the steer­ing-wheel con­trols come in som­bre black, as op­posed to the an­odised metal-like fin­ish in the V12. Buy­ers of the V8 model, how­ever, can still per­son­alise their DB11 us­ing the same Op­tion Packs and De­signer Spec­i­fi­ca­tion pack­ages of­fered by As­ton Martin. The V8 from Mercedes-AMG

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