RE: Aston Martin DB11 - Geneva 2016

RE: Aston Martin DB11 - Geneva 2016

Saturday 5th March 2016

Aston Martin DB11 - Geneva 2016

After the long, long wait we can finally tell you why the DB11 is the most significant Aston in a generation [updated pics]



This is a proper bet the farm moment for Aston Martin. Launching a car with an all-new platform, an all-new engine and based on new electrical architecture from a brand-new partner offers the brand a huge opportunity to once again be at the front of the sports GT pack. But behind the big grins from boss Andy Palmer and his senior development team you can bet there are an awful lot of firmly crossed fingers. Because based on the way it looks alone expectations are going to be very high indeed.


Described as the first model of the "second century plan" and "the most significant new Aston Martin since the introduction of the DB9 in 2003" for any other brand you might dismiss that as motor show grandstanding. Not in this case. The DB11 is a huge, huge car, pushing Aston Martin in new directions technically and stylistically.

OK, the overall proportions are familiar and it's still recognisably a traditional front-engined Aston Martin GT. But after that initial familiarity subsides and you start to take in the details you realise how big a step this is for the brand.

Those contrast roof rails will probably be the first thing you pick up on, the polished aluminium an applique trim piece offering all manner of customisation options and configurability for customers. High margin additional spend luxury brands depend on these days and a neat visual signature to draw a line between this and the cars that have gone before. There's some really clever stuff going on in the bodywork too, the enormous, front-hinged clamshell bonnet showing the influence of the Vulcan in the way it uses exaggerated side vents to extract air from the wheelarches via so-called 'Curlicue' vents. Detail extends to a rippled surface on the underside of the aluminium trim strakes to help speed this process up. At the back channels in the C-pillars draw air through the rear decklid and out through a special vent, creating a virtual wing Aston has trademarked as 'Aeroblade'. This can be further enhanced by a deployable Gurney flap that appears at speed.


As a whole it's weirdly familiar yet challenging; the wheelbase 65mm longer and track widths up considerably with only a 28mm increase in total width. Overall it's 50mm longer than a DB9. When you first see it in the metal it's the kind of car you'll walk several laps of, deep in contemplation.

The basic mechanical layout of a V12 driving a transaxle-mounted version of ZF's familiar eight-speed automatic gearbox is similarly familiar. But the engine itself is all new and, against expectation, claimed as all Aston's own work. 5.2 litres, two turbos, 608hp and 516lb ft from the outset and a 200mph top speed are all impressive opening gambits. 0-62 is just 3.9 seconds but the real gains over the normally aspirated V12 in current Astons will be in the low- and mid-range torque. Whether this can be achieved without diluting the character is a nettle all sports car brands are having to grasp; we've heard it on tickover and from a sound point of view it's promising.

In the current style there are three driver modes to play with too, ranging from GT to Sport and Sport Plus. Adaptive dampers are familiar tech but there's more too, torque vectoring by braking working with a more traditional mechanical limited-slip differential to help make best use of that new turbocharged grunt. It's not a light car mind, the dry weight quoted as 1,770kg meaning you could be knocking on two tonnes fuelled up and ready to go. Leaner than possible rivals like the Mercedes-AMG S63 and S65 coupe and comfortably less than a Bentley Continental GT V8 S but still on the hefty side.


The change of approach is equally different on the interior too. The fancy hi-fi look introduced on the original Vanquish and trademark of early DB9s and Vantages has been completely overhauled. The whole car feels to have taken a decisive step towards the GT end of the spectrum, while seemingly maintaining the performance to mix it with more focused sports cars too. Quality of fixtures and fittings is a huge step on although the style is, perhaps, a little more conventional. The Mercedes touchpad is perhaps the most obvious manifestation of the shared parts, the large TFT instrument display and central screen all configurable and, again, showing a massive step forward in tech. And the rear seats are even half usable; big enough for kids and that emergency stuff-your-mates-in for the trip back from the pub. Not that you'll mind being designated driver.

Pricing has been confirmed as starting from £154,900 for UK buyers with deliveries starting in the autumn. We await the first drive with interest...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[Show photos: Max Earey]

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Jordan210

Original Poster:

1,645 posts

125 months

Tuesday 1st March 2016
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Looks great in Bright colours



Image from Twitter more https://twitter.com/timpitt100/status/704655070412...

smilo996

1,493 posts

112 months

Tuesday 1st March 2016
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Well. The interior looks to be a huge step forward.

The front is very Aston except those slightly awkward running lights in the main light pod at an odd angle.

The CC100 side vent is a missed step. Should not have broken through the wheel arch.

Interesting sides and the aggressive rear wheel arch of the DB10.

The rear is a bit of a mess.

The V8 Vantage model will likely look better.

Just need to tear up the deal with German Auto and build an engine factory in Wales too.

Come back Henrik Fisker, all if forgotten.

Galsia

1,938 posts

132 months

Tuesday 1st March 2016
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I'm sure that it is a great car but it doesn't look any different to the cars that they've been making for the last fifteen years.

Jordan210

Original Poster:

1,645 posts

125 months

Tuesday 1st March 2016
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http://db11.astonmartin.com/home/configure

Configurator is up and running

I will take mine in Cobalt blue



Also Over 1000 orders all ready taken if i heard correct!

Edited by Jordan210 on Tuesday 1st March 13:30

HighwayStar

2,368 posts

86 months

Tuesday 1st March 2016
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Galsia said:
I'm sure that it is a great car but it doesn't look any different to the cars that they've been making for the last fifteen years.
They look, but they don't see.
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Vocht

1,324 posts

106 months

Tuesday 1st March 2016
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Absolutely love the seats. They look fantastic and are a nice change from the usual quilted bucket types we normally see on this level of car.

Weren't Aston supposedly meant to be using AMG engines going forward?

rtz62

1,702 posts

97 months

Tuesday 1st March 2016
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Re the image at the top of the replies, I couldn't help but think of this Jaguar XJ Spider prototype from 1978...


Krikkit

15,390 posts

123 months

Tuesday 1st March 2016
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I think that looks fantastic - the styling is a generational step beyond the DB9 etc as they go (let's face it they look great anyway). The engine sounds interesting and the important bits like interior have all been sorted.

ETA: Fantastic configurator on their site as well, no shortage of colour options! Lovely. http://db11.astonmartin.com/home/configure

Edited by Krikkit on Tuesday 1st March 13:39

A10

633 posts

41 months

Tuesday 1st March 2016
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Yet another stupidly shaped steering wheel.

MIP1983

189 posts

147 months

Tuesday 1st March 2016
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Looks great in the bright colors, lovely looking GT. It's a bit of a shame that they've not managed to get the weight on a par with an F12, but I guess it's a fair bit cheaper than the Ferrari.

Looking forward to seeing what they do with the V8 vantage.

toppstuff

13,634 posts

189 months

Tuesday 1st March 2016
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I hope the DB11 has more space inside. The DB9 is a large car but its impossibly cramped inside for tall people.

Lovely looking car. I wish them great success.

RichardR

2,846 posts

210 months

Tuesday 1st March 2016
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rtz62 said:
Re the image at the top of the replies, I couldn't help but think of this Jaguar XJ Spider prototype from 1978...

Why? scratchchin

Pekwah1

74 posts

123 months

Tuesday 1st March 2016
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is it just me who thinks the interior looks really boring?

Also not sold on the exterior, give me a Vantage any day!

Durzel

7,474 posts

110 months

Tuesday 1st March 2016
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Looks staggering in that grey finish.

stuno1

1,085 posts

137 months

Tuesday 1st March 2016
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Is it just me or are there some f-type lines there? Certainly no bad thing. Looks lurrrrrvely.

Vroom101

804 posts

75 months

Tuesday 1st March 2016
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Galsia said:
I'm sure that it is a great car but it doesn't look any different to the cars that they've been making for the last fifteen years.
You mean those that have been amongst the best looking cars on the road? Damn those Aston designers for not making an ugly car! smile

Obviously looks are subjective, but I think it looks fantastic and reckon this car drags AM into the modern age. It looks exactly how a 2016 Aston Martin should. I think the interior treads the line well between traditional and contemporary, too.

I just hope it drives well.


j_s14a

815 posts

120 months

Tuesday 1st March 2016
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I love the look of it, but not as a DB7 and DB9 successor.

It's predecessors were probably the most beautiful cars in the world when they launched. Understated, elegant, but still purposeful. This is too shouty.

Give me an early DB9 in California Sage any day over this.

BarbaricAvatar

1,369 posts

90 months

Tuesday 1st March 2016
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No thanks. Aston Martin have gone back to doing brash and vulgar, i preferred them during their 'clean and attractive' era. Might tempt footballers out of their Bentley's though.

AMDBSNick

6,424 posts

104 months

Tuesday 1st March 2016
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j_s14a said:
Give me an early DB9 in California Sage any day over this.
Not quite California Sage


GingerMunky

765 posts

199 months

Tuesday 1st March 2016
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Stunning car in every way smile