Meet the newest Aston Martin, the DB11. Succeeding the DB9 is no mean feat, can the DB11 do it?
Welcome to the Aston Martin DB11.
It's the latest car to wear the DB name.
DB11 is the first Aston Martin to use the "Second Century" design language.
While it may be more evolution than revolution, that's hardly a bad thing here.
Because, well, Aston Martin makes some stunning cars.
The usual Aston hallmarks are there -- the grille is the right size, in the right shape (and in the right place).
As are the vents behind the front wheels, though they have a purpose now.
The curlicues (for that is their name) are proper vents now; they relieve pressure in the wheelarch.
Aston borrowed that tech from its racing program.
The new hood is a clamshell, which means no more nasty shutlines.
Notice anything missing? There's no trunk spoiler flip thing...
Because there's no need for one. Air is fed from vents in the C-pillar (called "Aeroblade") and forced out of the back to form a virtual spoiler.
You can't see the holes though, can you?
Those roof rails are custom made for Aston bespoke. Only one place in the world can make them.
It's powered by a new 5.2-liter V12 turbocharged engine with 600hp and 516 pound-feet.
Aston says it's good for 200mph and a 0-to-62mph time of 3.9 seconds.
So it's quick, then. That's good to know.
DB11's new platform means it's roomier than DB9.
So much so that you can fit two sets of golf clubs in the trunk now.
The chassis is stronger than before.
The engine, mercifully, sounds awesome.
So much room for activities!
Keep these on the ground and you're golden.
The interior features "some of the most imaginative use of leather you'll find in any car." Aston's words, not mine.
You can even have your leather brogued. How cool is that?
Here's how that Aeroblade works. Air goes in here...
...and comes out here. There is a small pop-up spoiler for high speed runs. Probably for the best.
Objects in this mirror don't look as good as this mirror.
DB11's interior is a welcome sight compared to DB9's. It's been given a complete overhaul.
The "Emotional Control Unit" (ECU, or... key) slot has gone from the dash. It's keyless now.
Interior details were inspired by DB10, y'know - Bond's ride.
Don't step on this, just glide over it gracefully.
This is here just in case you forget how many cylinders your engine has.
The engine, incidentally, has a cylinder shut-off system.
So with the turbo tech and cylinder shut down, you should be able to drive economically.
There's the option for a silent start up, too. So your neighbors don't hate you for owning a V12.
Each of DB11's driving modes (GT, Sport and Sport Plus) adjust the car. GT is soft, Sport less so, while Sport Plus is super hardcore.
They also adjust how much engine noise is pumped into the cabin, though the noise that gets in isn't a fancy MP3. It's all real.
The new bonnet vents are a bit good, aren't they?
Here's the new clamshell looking moody.
Yes, please. I'll take four.
Imposing, isn't it?
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