TEST DRIVE ASTON MARTIN DB11 V12 COUPE
ASTON Martin is on a roll and as part of its ‘second century’ plan it will be producing a new generation of SUV cars from an all-new factory at St Athan in South Wales.
In the meantime, the great British marque has recently recommissioned its famed Newport Pagnell facility for specialist projects and continues to make models at its new home in Gaydon, Warwickshire.
That’s where the latest DB11 is made and it is the natural successor to the DB9 – the new figurehead for a series so many know and love, like the DB2/4, DB5 and the DB10 created for the James Bond film franchise.
The V12 engine in the DB11 is the most powerful regular production engine in an Aston Martin with advanced mechanical software and fuel technology to stretch economy without detracting from the performance and aural attributes of the powerhouse.
The figures really speak for themselves with an acceleration from 0 to 60 in 3.9 seconds, a top speed of 200mph and fuel consumption of 24mpg.
What is not seen in the raw statistics but felt though the driver’s hands, feet and seat of pants is the way the DB11 steers, rides, handles and brakes, inspiring and impressing with every journey.
The new electronic brain in the V12 includes driver-chosen GT, Sport and Sport Plus modes to progressively sharpen responses from the engine and its highly sophisticated eightspeed ZF transmission which can be left to its own devices or manually massaged to bring out the best.
The cockpit is dominated by a 12-inch liquid crystal display for speedometer, tachometer and essential driver information and a centrally placed eight-inch infotainment screen for navigation, the high quality sound system and wifi connectivity, together with cameras and sensors to aid parking.
Very wide opening doors give excellent