When Aston Martin debuted the DB11 back in 2016 as a successor to the DB9, it was initially offered with a 5.2-liter V12. The British marque has now announced that the DB11 is available with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. Sounds familiar? That's because the new engine is sourced from Mercedes-AMG, and is in fact the same engine found on the Mercedes-AMG GT S.
The V8 powerplant in the DB11 is a direct result of the partnership between Aston Martin and Mercedes-AMG, which has been going on for some time now. Output of the 4.0-liter twin-turbo AMG V8 remains the same at 510 PS and 696 Nm of torque. However, Aston Martin says that their engineers are the ones responisble for the reprogramming, calibration and installation of the engine's ECU to give it “the all-important feel and sound for which Aston Martins are renowned.”
Compared to the V12 model, the twin-turbo V8 produces 100 PS less but puts out almost the same amount of torque. Despite the power loss in the V8, its performance figures remains almost the same as the V12. It does 0 to 97 km/h in 4 seconds flat which is a tenth slower than the V12. Top speed however is down from 322 km/h to 301 km/h.
The reason behind the almost identical performance figures apart from top speed, is mainly attributed to the weight savings on the V8. It shaves off 115 kg at the DB11's nose. Along with the new mounts and wet sump, the DB11 is expected to handle better courtesy of a retuned suspension.
Outside, the V8 powered DB11 retains the same design as its V12 powered sibling. The small differences are the darker headlight bezels, a unique alloy wheel finish, and a pair of hood vents instead of four. Inside, everything that can be found on the V12 can also be found on the V8 DB11.
The V8-powered DB11 is now officially on sale with deliveries set to commence in the fourth quarter of 2017.