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