or just another expensive super car?
by Mike –
Aston Martin introduced the all new DB11 at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2016 – replacing the DB9. Notice Aston goes from DB9 to DB11, that is because the DB10 name was used for a special car for a James Bond movie.
The new Aston Martin is an “11” which all Spinal Tap fans know is better than a “10”, so it all works out.
The Aston Martin DB11 brochure says this,
DB11’s new twin-turbocharged 5.2-litre V12 engine, boasting 600 bhp and 700 Nm of torque, makes this the most powerful DB production model in Aston Martin’s history. It’s also the most dynamic, reaching 200 mph, with 62 mph dispatched in 3.9 seconds. What’s less expected is that DB11 should also be the cleanest and most fuel efficient DB ever produced, yet such are the tremendous advances made by this landmark car.
I believe this is the first turbo charged production Aston Martin. It also may be the biggest step forward for Aston Martin in decades since the DB7 was introduced in 1998 with the follow on introduction of the first Aston Martin V12 in the DB7 in 1999.
Aerodynamics have been innovated such that this very fast super car does not need a wing on the back or even a little flip up of the tail – thus maintaining the beauty of the designers intention.
Although it does have a movable spoiler that comes up when needed and goes back down when not needed – read below what the brochure says about this as only the British can explain.
When more stability is needed, a small active spoiler automatically deploys from the bootlid to increase the effectiveness of the Aston Martin Aeroblade™. When no longer required it retracts back into the bootlid to preserve DB11’s uncluttered lines.
This past August during Monterey Car Week Aston Martin rented a store on Ocean Avenue in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea, which must have been very expensive. Here are some of my photos from that event and the other photos are from Aston Martin.
I have not yet driven a DB11 but I suspect I will.
It is reported that prices for the DB11 will start at around $215,000 USD in the US. Think of the current collectable car you could buy for this price – or maybe think about the collectable cars you could not buy: De Tomaso Mangsuta, Iso Grifo, Bizzarrini GT 5300, Maserati Ghibli SS, Mercedes 300SL, AC Shelby Cobra, Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato – and the list goes on. Make you think?
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