Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Newspress, Aston Martin | posted March 02, 2016 12:07
Aston Martin DB11 debuts with new design language, advanced tech
After announcing the arrival of a new model during the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, Aston Martin has officially revealed the DB11 at this year's Geneva Motor Show.
Described by Aston Martin to showcase the brand's 'fresh and distinctive design language, pioneering aerodynamics and a 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12,' the DB11 is the company's most powerful and dynamic DB model to date.
“We aspire to make the most beautiful cars in the world. DB11 is the absolute embodiment of what an Aston Martin should be and we have worked tirelessly to ensure that DB11 combines both exceptional design with the latest technology throughout. A brand new bonded aluminum platform, clever aerodynamics, a new characterful twin-turbo V12 and class-leading infotainment systems are just a few aspects which make this the sports car that will proudly spearhead Aston Martin’s second century plan,” said Dr. Andy Palmer, CEO of Aston Martin.
Beginning with its exterior, the DB11 features the brand's new design language under the 'Second Century Plan'. Up front, it gets LED headlights with integrated daytime running lights (DRLs), one-piece aluminum clamshell hood and the signature grill. The side profile features the car's sleek roofline and flowing beltline that seamlessly connects both the front and rear. It gets 20-inch ten-spoke alloy wheels that are wrapped in Bridgestone S007 tires.
Moving to the rear, it gets new boomerang-inspired LED taillights which feature a 3D design that separates the upper and lower sections of the rear. Unique to the DB11 is the 'AeroBlade', a virtual spoiler according to Aston Martin. It channels air from the C-pillar through ducts that then exit via slots on the rear deck lid. Completing the rear décor is a diffuser-integrated bumper and dual exhaust pipes.
Size-wise, the DB11 measures 4,739mm long, 1,940mm wide, 1,279mm tall and a 2,805mm wheelbase.
The DB11 also sits on the lightest and stiffest aluminum platform. It is comprised from a mixture of pressed and casted aluminum. The new platform also allowed Aston Martin to extend the car's wheelbase and compartment space, allowing for better interior and cargo capacity along with a larger fuel tank at 78-liters.
The interior, on the other hand, blends both handcrafted materials with modern digital tech. Hand-stitched leather blankets the cabin while piano black, aluminum and wood grain trim pieces provide additional interior flair. A TFT instrument display, 8-inch touchscreen infotainment with iPod, iPhone, USB, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth connectivity, 400-watt audio system and a multifunction steering wheel with paddle shifters are also present inside the DB11.
Other standard features present in the DB11 include: front memory seats with heating function, 360-degree birds-eye camera, cruise control, dual zone automatic climate control and a tire pressure monitoring system.
Under the hood, the DB11 is powered by a 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12 churning out 608 PS at 6500 rpm along with 700 Nm of torque available between 1500 – 5000 rpm. It benefits from an array of technologies like dual variable camshaft timing, variable electronic turbo wastegate control and charge cooling. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a ZF 8-speed automatic gearbox. The drivetrain also has an alloy torque tube with a carbon fiber propeller shaft and limited slip differential. 0 -100 km/h comes in at a quick 3.9 seconds while top speed is rated 322 km/h.
Providing stopping power is a set of disc brakes that have six-piston calipers at the front and four-piston calipers at the rear. Driver aids that come as standard on the DB11 include: Dynamic Stability Control, Anti-Lock Brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribtuon, Traction Control, Hydraulic Brake Assist, Positive Torque Control and Active Torque Vectoring.
Deliveries of the Aston Martin DB11 will begin at the fourth quarter of 2016.