Replacing the undeniably desirable (albeit flawed and rather long-lived) Aston Martin DB9 was an unenviable task. Fortunately, those charged with the creation of its successor came up with the DB11.
Unveiled to the world at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show it looked spectacular, finally gave Aston a car with a genuinely modern interior and was more spacious than the DB9 it superseded. The platform underpinning it is bang up to date too: its bonded and riveted aluminium underpinnings are 39 per cent stiffer and 21kg lighter than the DB9’s. It was also the first Aston to get turbocharging: there are two of them on the 5.2-litre V12, helping to deliver a monstrous 600hp and 516lb ft of torque.
An entry-level V8 model arrived in 2017 (these things are relative – it was stil a £145,000 car) using a 4.0-litre twin-turbo Mercedes V8, and which was very nearly as fast as the V12, thanks to a 110kg weight saving. Whichever flavour of DB11 you’re plumping for, there’s no doubt that this is one of the best Astons ever made – and one of the best GTs you can buy from any brand.