Aston Martin has at last unveiled its post Bond DB series car, the DB11. This is the first product to be launched under the company’s ‘Second Century’ plan. The car is just staggering and packs a 600bhp 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine, which makes it the most powerful production DB car ever to be made. It employs state of art aerodynamics, and just a singular glance is enough to establish this.
Recommended Retail Price for the car is a staggering sum of £154,900 (INR 1,46,41,407) in the UK, €204,900 (INR 1,50,55,807) in Germany and $211,995 (INR 1,43,55,336) in the USA. First deliveries of the DB11 are scheduled to begin during the fourth quarter of 2016.
LOOKS AND AERODYNAMICS
Built upon a new lighter, stronger and more space efficient bonded aluminium structure, the DB11 is the most powerful, efficient and dynamic DB model in the manufacturer's history. The car features certain distinctive characteristics - the front hinging clamshell bonnet, unique LED headlights and the iconic Aston Martin grille, are few amid many. Also, the design includes a roof strake, which flows uninterrupted from A-pillar to C-pillar.
Smart aerodynamics support clever airflow, both over and through the bodywork of the car. The front-end lift is reduced by the gille like Curlicue, which releases high-pressure air from inside the wheel arch via a concealed vent within the redesigned side-strake. Meanwhile, rear-end lift is reduced by the Aston Martin AeroBladeTM - a virtual spoiler fed by discreet air intakes, located at the base of each C-pillar. Air is ducted through the bodywork, before venting as a jet of air from the aperture in the rear decklid.
The car breathes fire with a all new, in house developed 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged V12. This engine produces 600bhp and 700Nm of torque, making DB11 the most powerful production DB model ever.The engine is mated to a 8-speed automatic ZF transmission with multiple driver dynamic modes - GT, Sport and Sport Plus. This in turn results in a 0-100kmph time of just 3.9sec and a top speed of 322kmph.
On the inside, the car is uber luxurious and supports a full colour 12” TFT LCD display, all-new instrument cluster and presents primary vehicle information. A second centrally-mounted 8” TFT screen is present within the cabin, simply dedicated to infotainment.
The new satellite navigation and audio systems can be controlled via rotary control, optional touchpad offering character recognition, multi-touch and gesture support. The car also features a newly implemented auto-park assist feature and the 360-degree birds-eye view camera assists with safe maneuvering of the car at slow speeds and can also be operated via the car’s infotainment system.
Aston Martin's Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Andy Palmer, said: “We aspire to make the most beautiful cars in the world. 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.”