The fastest, most powerful, and most efficient DB model in history.
At the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, Aston Martin kicked off their ‘Second Century’ plan by unveiling the latest in their iconic DB model line. The new Aston Martin DB11 is the fastest, most powerful, most efficient, and most dynamic DB model, ever and brings the British brand into the future.
“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,” said Dr. Andy Palmer, CEO of Aston Martin. “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.”
The design of the Aston Martin DB11 is fresh and modern while keeping that iconic Aston Martin character. The classic Aston Martin front grille is prominently featured up front and is flanked by new full-LED headlights and daytime running lights with a wider, more aggressive shape. Above the new lights sits a traditional clamshell hood with a design that allows for improved pedestrian crash standards.
One of the biggest highlights on the Aston Martin DB11 is its new roof strake that creates a canopy design to separate upper and lower body sections. The part is made using extraction then stretch bending before it is pressed, laser cut, polished, and then anodized. At the rear, new LED taillights feature a new 3-D design and keep the classic ‘boomerang’ shape.
The aerodynamics of the Aston Martin DB11 are hidden to keep the clean shape of the body and its lines. A front splitter transitions into the smooth underbody and rear diffuser for a clean air flow. Lift is reduced up front thanks to a ‘Curlicue’ vent in the front wheel arch while an AeroBlade at the rear creates a virtual spoiler by taking air from the vents in the C-pillars and channeling it through the rear decklid to reduce lift. On occasions where more downforce is needed, a small spoiler is deployed at the rear without negatively affecting the DB11’s drag coefficient.
All of the body panels in the Aston Martin DB11 are made from pressed aluminum, composite material, or injection-moulding plastics with bonded aluminum pressings, extrusions, and castings to keep weight to a minimum. A full aluminum structure beneath allows the DB11 to be the lightest, strongest, and most dynamic DB model ever while creating more interior space that you would expect from a grand tourer.
Adding to the dynamicism of the Aston Martin DB11 is a wheelbase that has been extended by 65 mm, which allows the V-12 engine to be mounted even further back for better weight distribution. The DB11 is also 28 mm wider than the DB9 with the front and rear tracks 75- and 43 mm wider, respectively. The new architecture provides occupants with more head and leg space and better entry/exit.
In the Aston Martin DB11, engineers designed a chassis that can be dynamic and at times isolate occupants from the road. The chassis, suspension, steering, and electronics are all new with driver-selectable modes that alter the character of the sports car.
A Bilstein adaptive damping system offers greater control and handling, and can be felt through the new electric power-assisted steering. Bespoke Bridgestone S007 tires were designed specifically for the Aston Martin DB11 with a specific tread pattern for improved handling on wet and dry surfaces. The 255/45/20 front and 295/35/20 rear tires are worn by 9.0J x 20 front and 11.0J x 20 rear cast flow-formed alloy wheels with a diamond turned finish. Behind those wheels sit 400 mm cast iron discs clenched by six-piston Monobloc calipers up front and 360 mm rear discs with four-piston Monobloc calipers.
Making the Aston Martin DB11 the fastest and most powerful DB model ever is the newly-designed, in-house-developed 5.2-liter, twin-turbocharged V-12 engine. The new engine features variable valve timing, intelligent bank activation, and stop-start technology to make it the most fuel efficient. Unlike other automakers, Aston Martin doesn’t pump fake exhaust notes through speakers inside the cabin; instead they chose to provide occupants with the real exhaust note with a volume that can be altered by selecting the range of driving modes.
The new V-12 is the first time a twin-turbocharged engine has been used by Aston Martin, and produces 600 bhp at 6,500 RPM and 516 lb-ft. of torque from 1,500 to 5,000 RPM. That power is sent through a rear-mid-mounted ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox with limited-slip differential through an alloy torque tube with carbon fiber propeller shaft and integrated Torque Vectoring through braking technology. This allows the Aston Martin DB11 to reach 62mph in just 3.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 200 mph.
Thanks to the new structure of the Aston Martin DB11, the sports car has a more spacious interior packed with high-end craftsmanship and technology. Aston Martin teamed up with Daimler AG for many of the electronics as well as the 12-inch TFT instrument cluster and 8.0-inch TFT infotainment display, and integrated technology such as the 12-sensor parking control, 360-degree birds-eye camera for low-speed parking, and satellite navigation.
The cockpit of the Aston Martin DB11 is modern and elegant, oozing high-end craftsmanship and attention-to-detail. Looping lines flow seamlessly and smooth and incorporate stunning materials such as woods with a variety of finishes, metals, and leathers. Customers can opt for a range of materials and colors as well as leather furnishings in quilted, perforated, and/or – for the first time ever – Brogueing.
The new Aston Martin DB11 is the first stop for the British brand into the ‘Second Century’ plan and the most important model launched in their 103-year history. The first deliveries for the DB11 will start in the fourth-quarter of 2016 with prices starting at $211,995 in the United States.
Aston Martin DB11 Specifications
Displacement: 5.2 liters
Number of Cylinders: V-12
Maximum Horsepower: 600 bhp / 608 PS / 447 kW at 6,500 RPM
Maximum Torque: 516 lb-ft. / 700 Nm from 1,500 to 5,000 RPM
Drive: Rear wheel
Type: Rear-mid-mounted ZF eight-speed automatic with alloy torque tube and carbon fiber prop shaft
Differential: Standard limited-slip
Final Drive Ratio: 2.703:1
Acceleration 0-62 mph: 3.9 seconds
Top Speed: 200 mph
Wheels, Tires, and Brakes:
Wheels: Ten-spoke silver with diamond-turned finish
Front Wheels: 9.0J x 20
Rear Wheels: 11.0J x 20
Tires: Bespoke Bridgestone S007
Front Tires: 255/40 ZR20
Rear Tires: 295/35 ZR20
Front Brakes: Steel 400 x 36 mm discs with six-piston calipers
Rear Brakes: Steel 360 x 32 mm discs with four-piston calipers
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Source: Aston Martin