The Aston Martin DB11 is a two-door coupe, four-seater, front engine and rear-wheel drive with which Aston Martin replaced the DB9 , A model of similar features that put on sale in 2008 and updated several times, the latter at the end of 2012. It has been on sale in some markets since the end of 2016.
Initially it was available with a V12 engine of 5.2 liters of displacement and 608 horsepower. In June 2017, Aston Martin announced for the DB11 a 4.0-liter V10 engine and 510 horses (it will be on sale in the last quarter of 2017). This engine, originally from Mercedes-Benz, is currently carried by several models of the AMG range of this manufacturer. According to Aston Martin, “AMG has given us the freedom to adapt this exceptional power unit to meet our particular needs and demands.” Thus, Aston Martin has modified the intake intake, exhaust and lubrication (which is wet sump ). The changes in this last element serve so that the engine can be placed lower, which contributes to reduce the total height of the center of gravity.
There are also modifications to the electronic part where there is a new engine control unit and the throttle map has been reprogrammed so that the engine “has the feel and sound for which the Aston Martin are recognized”.
The Aston Martin DB11 with the V8 engine weighs 115 kg less than with the V12 engine. Perhaps that explains that the acceleration capacity from 0 to 100 km / h is very similar in the two (V12 is only one tenth faster). The extra power of the V12 model does note that its maximum speed is much higher; Consumption is also much higher.
The suspension of the two DB11s is structurally the same, but there are differences in the settings. Thus, Aston Martin has introduced modifications to the V8 (in wheel bearings, suspension geometry, stabilizer bars , springs , shock absorbers and stability control adjustment) to have a sportier feel than the V12.
The two engines available for the DB11 share some technical solutions, such as that they are supercharged by two turbochargers (double-entry in the case of the V8 engine), have cylinder disconnection to reduce fuel consumption when the demand for acceleration is low and Stop & Start during detentions. Both are associated with an automatic gearbox of eight speeds, manufactured in collaboration with the company ZF.
It measures 4.74 meters of length (4.75 the V8), 1.94 m of width (1.95 the V8) and 1.28 m of height. The chassis is made of aluminum, element with which also some parts of the body are made.
The alloy wheels are 20 inches in diameter and have Bridgestone S007 tires in 255/40 measures on the front axle and 295/35 on the rear. The front brake discs are 400 mm in diameter and have six piston calipers.
The DB11 has a system whereby the driver can choose between three predefined driving modes: «GT», «Sport» and «Sport Plus». This system modifies the operation of the shock absorbers, the steering (which has electric assistance), the engine, the gearbox and the exhaust system.
The instrumentation is composed of a 12-inch screen in which different types of information are shown according to the selected driving mode. In addition, there is another 8-inch screen at the top of the dashboard that displays data relating to the navigation system, the phone or the radio;).
It has, among other elements, a camera system that generates a zenith view of the vehicle, front seats upholstered in leather with electrical adjustment and various position memories, multimedia system with 8-inch screen and WiFi connection or headlights. Ledes for all functions. Optionally there are ventilated front seats, several sound systems with more power than the series or interior moldings in wood or carbon fiber.
According to Aston Martin, many of the coating materials in the passenger compartment of the DB11 are manufactured by hand.