Aston Martin DB11: new 600bhp twin-turbo GT officially revealed

Published: 02 March 2016

 New Aston Martin DB11 revealed in full
 600bhp 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 confirmed

 Claimed 200mph top speed, 0-62 in 3.9sec

Aston Martin has officially revealed its new DB11, a twin-turbocharged 600bhp GT, at the 2016 Geneva motor show

The DB11 is the first new car to be launched in Aston Martin's 'Second Century' plan, and is reputed to be 'the most significant Aston since the introduction of the DB9 in 2003'. 

Aston's CEO, Andy Palmer, said: '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 aluminium 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.'

Deliveries of the new GT will start towards the end of 2016 and it'll set you back £154,900.

Looks pretty sleek – if somewhat familiar.

Understandable. Its looks likely won't come as a huge surprise, primarily because a snapshot of the upcoming GT – taken at what looked to be a private event – had already revealed its front-end styling. Evident was the DB11’s heavily chiselled nose and LED daytime running lights.

The new pictures, however, show off the new V12-engined GT in full. It again presents a long-bonnet, cab-backward stance, allowing the car to accommodate its 12-cylinder engine. Other styling features include a jutting front spoiler, headlamps 'bleeding' back over the edges of the wings and highly sculpted and blistered rear wheelarches.

Also on display are elegant LED tail-lights and a black strake between the rear pillar and the wing which creates a floating roof effect. The DB11 also has a clamshell bonnet, which hinges forwards, offering improved access compared to the DB9's conventional set-up.

There's lots of aerodynamic trickery at work, too. Front-end lift is reduced by concealed vents within those distinctive side strakes – and at the back a cool 'AeroBlade' spoiler serves to cut lift at the tail. It takes air from the base of each C-pillar, then vents it from a slot in the rear deck – helping keep the tail down, without ruining the Aston's lines.

Aston Martin DB11

Tell me more about its V12 engine...

It's an in-house designed twin-turbocharged 5.2-litre V12. Alas, it seems like the naturally aspirated twelve-cylinder era is over at Aston, as the company strives to meet tightening emissions requirements and economy considerations.

The all-aluminium V12 produces a stout 600bhp and 516lb ft, which is sent to the rear wheels via a rear-mounted eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox. Peak power is produced at 6500rpm, while peak torque is usefully on offer from 1500-5000rpm.

It's got a host of modern features, too, including cylinder deactivation and stop-start technology – all of which should serve to boost its economy and cut emissions further. Helping make good use of the power are new driver assistance systems, including torque vectoring and electric power steering.

Whether it's an all-new engine or not remains to be seen; Aston has a lot of experience with its current V12 powerplant, though, and it would be surprising if it was ditched in its entirety. 

Aston Martin claims the DB11 will sprint from 0-62mph in 3.9sec and hit a top speed of 200mph. 

2016 Aston Martin DB11

What else do I need to know about the 2016 Aston Martin DB11?

As you can see, the interior's considerably more modern than any seen in an Aston for a long time. That's in part thanks to the new tie-up with Daimler for hardware.

Consequently, inside, you'll spot familiar switchgear and media systems, including a 12-in digital driver's display, a centrally mounted 8-in screen and Mercedes' rotary controller – the touch one is optional.

The new hardware should deliver a thoroughly modern experience – and features like a standard-fit 360-degree parking camera will no doubt be appreciated by many.

The doors are claimed to have a wider opening, making access easier, while there's a pair of ISOFIX mounting points in the back for child seats. The boot's claimed to be big enough for a pair of large holdalls and some smaller bags, so the DB11 may well offer true GT credentials. A 78-litre tank should let you cover some distance, at least – but official consumption figures haven't been announced yet.

As you'd expect, Aston offers wide range of personalisation options for the DB11 – including contrasting colours and textures for the interior trims.

Palmer added: 'This is not only the most important car that Aston Martin has launched in recent history, but also in its 103-year existence.'

Aston Martin DB11

Aston Martin DB11: full technical specifications

Engine: Front mid-mounted 48-valve, all-aluminium, 5204cc twin-turbo V12. CR of 9.2:1. 600bhp at 6500rpm, 516lb ft from 1500-5000rpm. Electronically controlled exhaust, intelligent bank activation. 115bhp/litre.

Transmission: Rear mid-mounted ZF eight-speed automatic, alloy torque tube with carbonfibre prop, limited-slip differential

Chassis: Two-door 2+2, extruded and bonded aluminium structure, cast magnesium door structures. 1770kg dry weight, 51%/49% weigh distribution.

Suspension: Front independent double wishbone suspension, anti-roll bar and adaptive dampers / Rear multi-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar and adaptive dampers

Steering: Electric power-assisted rack and pinion with 13:1 ratio, speed sensitive, 2.4 turns lock-to-lock

Braking: Front ventilated two-piece steel discs (400x36mm), six-piston calipers / Rear ventilated steel discs (360x32mm) with four-piston calipers; electronic parking brake

Wheels and tyres: Front 9Jx20" Bridgestone S007 255/40 ZR20, Rear 11Jx20" Bridgestone S007 295/35 ZR20

Standard equipment: Heated memory electric front seats, cruise control, parking sensors, 360-degree camera, dual-zone climate, multiple airbags, keyless entry and start, 400w audio system, sat-nav, DAB, Bluetooth.

Aston Martin DB11

Not the first time we've seen it, though, is it?

No, not by a long stretch. Previously, a series of leaked and seemingly official pictures, published on the car news website Car Scoops, revealed the 2016 Aston Martin DB11 in full.

Old spy shots of the 2016 Aston Martin DB11 had also revealed some of the aerodynamic details of the DB9 successor - including what looked like 'flying buttresses' around the rear roofline to channel airflow over the coupe.

See CAR's earlier artist's impression below.

CAR's artist's impression of the Aston Martin DB11 (R.Varicak/Motor Forecast)

Aston Martin DB11: the switch to a turbocharged V12

The company had previously confirmed that the new coupe would be powered by a twin-turbo 5.2-litre V12, spelling the end of a free-breathing, old-school era at Gaydon.

CAR's earlier scoop first revealed that Aston's V12 would switch to forced induction, after our spies caught a prototype with intercooler switches onboard. The move comes as all car makers, from Porsche to Ferrari, scramble to downsize in a bid to cut emissions.

An official video was released by Gaydon, previewing the new engine. It was described as a 'brand new V12' and the capacity is a chunky 700cc or thereabouts smaller than the outgoing, Ford-built powerplant.

Our sources suggested that the 5.2 would become the company's most powerful V12 in history, despite the reduction in capacity; the twin turbochargers indicating that its power output would be in excess of 600bhp. It was also mooted that it would again be built in Cologne, at Aston's engine plant in Ford's factory. 

We expect that the DB11 range will swell from a single engine to a choice of V12 or V8 power, as Aston Martin introduces a Mercedes-AMG-derived smaller 4.0-litre V8 in the coming months. It should increase the 'footprint' of the market it competes in, echoing the approach that's worked so well for big-selling Porsche.

Read more of CAR’s 2016 Geneva motor show coverage here

Click here for CAR’s A-Z guide to the 2016 Geneva motor show

By CAR's road test team

Our reviewers: fresh perspectives for inquisitive minds

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