MHH International Reviews The Aston Martin V8 DB11
With a combination of exceptional performance and improved efficiency this model produces 503bhp and 675Nm of torque. Potent without question the powerplant propels the DB11 from 0-62mph in just 4.0sec and on to a top speed of 187mph which should be enough for anyone.
This exceptional performance is matched by impressive efficiency. CO2 emissions are just 230g/km and Aston Martin say the car will return a fuel economy figure of 28.5mpg. Clearly this will depend on how it is driven.
The inherent qualities of this light, compact and characterful power unit make it the ideal choice to sit alongside the existing V12 engine. Aston Martin’s engineering team has, they say, tailored the V8 engine perfectly for its application in the DB11 adding a bespoke air intake, exhaust and wet sump lubrication system. Electronic calibration of the V8 engine has included creating new ECU software and reprogramming the engine and throttle mapping to ensure the car continues to retain the all-important feel and sound for which Aston Martins are renowned.
The V12 already fulfils the role of high-performance luxury Grand Tourer. The V8 option thus presents the ideal opportunity to explore the more dynamic side of the DB11’s character and capabilities. To this end Aston Martin engineers have designed new engine mounts, which together with the bespoke, slimline wet sump system enables the V8 to be mounted as low as possible for an optimised centre-of-gravity. It’s also lighter and more compact than the V12, which contributes to a weight saving of 115kg.
With more of that mass centred within the wheelbase, the V8-engined DB11 has an increased sense of agility; a quality that has been fully exploited with detailed revisions to the suspension bushing, geometry, anti-roll bars, springs, dampers and ESP software. By carefully crafting its dynamic character to be distinct from that of the V12, the V8 appeals to those customers drawn to a refined and comfortable GT with a more sporting bias.
The differences between the two cars don’t end there. There are subtle visual changes between the two variants that include a unique alloy wheel finish, dark headlamp bezels and a pair of bonnet vents instead of the quartet featured on the V12. These vents come in a choice of black or titanium-finish mesh, again different from that fitted to the twelve-cylinder variant.
Inside, both V8 and V12 models have the same standard equipment levels and the same extensive choice of colour and trim options. They can also elect to enhance the specification of their car via the Aston Martin Option Packs and Designer Specification packages, plus a suite of ‘Q by Aston Martin’ Collection options. There’s the James Bond link right there. Pay attention 007.
There is no doubt the DB11 is the most complete and sophisticated car Aston Martin has ever made. With this new V8 engine option they have broadened the appeal of the car with the exceptional performance and memorable character that sets Aston Martin apart from its rivals. These dynamic changes have created, it is clear, a remarkable GT car with its own distinct personality. The V8-powered DB11 is on sale now from £144.900 in the UK. Tempted? Well, why not?