Everyone knew that Aston Martin was going to reveal the DB11 at the Geneva Motor Show. The successor to the DB9 was of course highly anticipated and speculated about quite a bit. Now it’s here and it’s strikingly beautiful in just about every way.
The Aston Martin DB11 shows a design evolution, not a revolution, which is very much a good thing. It looks modern but not zany, ditching the whole angry face movement so many automakers have been pushing. Instead, it looks classy, powerful and has a subtle drama.
Even more impressive is what’s housed under that long, contoured hood. A 5.2-liter twin-turbo V-12 lurks there, thundering out 600 horsepower and 516 lb.-ft. of torque. As they say, the proof is in the pudding, and Aston Martin definitely delivers there. The DB11 goes from 0 to 62 in just 3.9 seconds, plus it can reach 200 mph.
For those who are all about saving the manuals, the transmission is a bit of a downer. The only option is an eight-speed ZF auto. The computer probably shifts faster than you could ever manage, but some of the fun is rowing around, something that seems to be pretty hard to enjoy these days.
To make up for the lack of a manual, Aston Martin does throw in a torque vectoring limited-slip diff. Anyone fortunate (read: rich) enough to buy one will be able to throw the car into corners like mad. The dampers are adjustable, meaning you can take it off the most aggressive setting when your loved ones climb in.
The DB11 isn’t some impractical sports car you can’t really take anywhere. No. Aston Martin is eager to explain how it can take on road trips, with a large trunk that will swallow up your luggage and rear legroom/headroom that won’t leave your passengers plotting how to murder you in your sleep. There’s even a pair of ISOFIX child seat anchors, if you feel so inclined to take the sticky-fingered little ones for a ride.
Now, for the catch. The Aston Martin DB11 will set you back at least $211,995. The car will start shipping toward the end of 2016.