Aston Martin officially unveiled the new twin-turbo V8 powered DB11 in the Philippines. The DB11 V8 aims to cater to individuals who want a more dynamic characteristic compared to the luxurious grand touring feel of the top-range V12.
“With the offering of the V8 engine on the DB11, I am confident that we will broaden the appeal and draw more customers to our brand. We are looking forward to seeing more of our favourite GT on the streets of The Philippines. Our customers will enjoy the invigorating drive experience this sporty model can offer in our vibrant country,” said Marc Tagle, Chairman and president of Aston Martin Manila.
The differences between the V8 and V12 are very subtle, at least on the outside. Darker accents on the headlamps to highlight the V8 model's sporting character, uniquely finished 20-inch alloys, and a pair of bonnets vents instead of the quartet found on the top-range model. The vents on the V8 can be finished in black or titanium silver.
The significant differences that the V8 possess are within, all of which improve driving dynamics demanded of a sporty grand tourer.
Under the hood is a Mercedes-AMG sourced 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine rated at 510 PS and 675 Nm mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox with a rotary gear selector and paddle shifters. Despite being a 'base' model, the V8 is no slouch compared its 5.2-liter V12 powered sibling, depite having 98 PS less power, it only lags behind by 25 newton-meters of torque.
“As an engineer I find the DB11 a fascinating car. One with great depth of character and ability. Of course, the V12-engined variant is an icon – an ultimate, if you like, but the V8 is very much its own car. One with a distinct and carefully crafted character that’s truly seductive. It has been hugely rewarding to put our stamp on this new engine – both in the way it sounds and performs – and to use its impressive attributes as the impetus to reveal a little more of the DB11’s sporting character,” comments Max Szwaj, Aston Martin Chief Technical Officer.
Engineers have also managed to develop new engine mounts and a slimline wet sump system which places the engine low optimizing its center of gravity and it also gets 115kg diet which lowers curb weight down to 1760kg. The air intake and exhaust system were also developed in-house by Aston Martin to make sure it produces a distinct and refined note.
To further improve driving dynamics, a lot of work has also been put into the suspension which includes optimized bushings, geometry, anti-roll bars, springs, dampening and even to the ESP (electronic stability program) software.
“With the recent launch of the state-of-the-art 1,200 square metre Aston Martin Service Centre in Makati City, our customers can be assured that Aston Martin Manila remains committed to delivering a first-class ownership experience as ever,” said Nancy Chen, Head of Sales Operations for Southeast Asia.
Aston Martin Manila says the same standard equipment level and extensive palette of color and trim options are offered on both variants of the DB11. For further personalization, customer's can avail of Q by Aston Martin: Collection and Commission services.
The V8-powered DB11 is now available for sale with first deliveries commencing in March 2018.