The Aston Martin DB11 comes with a silencer and killer looks
Welcome to the Aston Martin DB Eleven.
The latest in a long line of cars to bear the DB name.
Now after over a decade, the DB9 is gone.
DB10 was just for a chap called Bond, so that leaves us with number 11.
And what a thing it is.
First, the engine, a 5.2 liter twin turbo V12, designed by Aston's in-house team, and built by its own guys.
That offers 600 break horsepower and 516 pound foot.
Aston says it'll hit 62 from rest in 3.9 seconds and top out at 200 miles an hour.
So it's fast and, thanks to its turbos, start stop tech, and cylinder shut off, it'll be echo-conscious too.
Not too bad for a 5.2 liter V12, is it?
Now some of you might be worried about the noise, will it be all muted like a turbocharged 911 and what have you?
Well, signs are pointing to no, but more on that later.
However, on the subject of noise, Aston is aware that some of its owners don't really like big, intrusive, loud, angry things, which Does make me wonder they're buying V12s.
But with each of the driving model comes a different level of noise put into the cockpit.
So quiet, loud, and loudest.
And you can do a silence startup which will certainly please some people's neighbors.
Aston was also keen to point out that this isn't an MP3.
No fancy electronic trickery going on here.
It's all noise From the car.
Now, before we go any further this is what the DB 11 has to replace.
The iconic DB 9. Yes the DB 7 preceded it.
No, there wasn't a DB 8, but the DB 9 was something else.
It was the kind of car that just oozed cool.
It has a 62 V12 engine and made a hell of a racket while it was going about its business.
At the same time it was quiet, it was smooth, it was refined.
Its design was clean and it still works today.
There are a few bits in the interior that's dated, but the exterior.
Especially the early cars, I think, just looks right.
One of those designs that are set in stone.
So all the DB11 has to do is it has to take all of those [UNKNOWN], timeless design, beautiful engine, lots of power, lots of [UNKNOWN], lots of curb side appeal and keep that going.
So then, DB11 Let's see what you got.
What it's got is a new face, it's the first car to embrace Aston's second century design language, and it's quite a thing.
The standard Aston grill is where the whole thing starts.
From there, there's a new single piece clamshell bonnet there to do away with Shot lines and that leads to some awesome details.
The cut accuse then the pressure from the wheel arches and to recoup take on the Aston side straights and how's about that roof rail?
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One of the coolest things about the design though is something called the arrow blade.
There's two holes in the back of the seat pillar that force air under the body work and out of the back to act as a virtual spoiler, so there's no actual spoiler there, you can have a smooth bump.
Now there is one for high speed runs so the car doesn't fall off the road at 200 miles an hour, but that's Probably a good thing.
The interior features according to Aston, some of the most imaginative use of leather you'll find in any car.
The entertainment has been given a much needed working over as well.
A 12 inch screen sorts the cars main functions while a smaller eight inch unit does the rest.
Thanks to the use of aluminium bonding, clever packaging, and [INAUDIBLE] general cleverness.
There's loads of space inside DB 11 as well which will please fans of golf.
You can now fit two sets of clubs into the boot.
For the rest of us though, well there is a mechanical LSD, a new suspension set up, tool vectoring and all manners of trickery including three driving modes.
GT for being quiet, Sport for showing Grandma around town and Sport Plus For the track.
All in all the DB11 is shaping up to be one hell of a car.
And we'll let you know how it drives later this year.
Yeah, and you know I told you about the noise, well, they let us start it up.
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