2018 Aston Martin DB11 V12 Review - Asian Car Guide
October 18, 2018




2018 Aston Martin DB11 V12 Review

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The Aston Martin DB11 has been keenly anticipated for ages, given it’s more than 12 years since its predecessor, the DB9.

A long time coming, the wait has been worth it, there’s no denying the new DB11 is absolutely and achingly beautiful, not something that can be said of most modern-day sports cars, which tend to favour visual aggression over elegance.

Viewed from any angle, this car consistently turns heads.

The 5.2-litre twin turbo V12 DB11 is a new in-house designed Aston Martin engine, whilst the electrical and electronic components running it are from Mercedes-Benz’s AMG division, as part of a deal with Daimler AG, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, which has taken on a 5% stake and technical partnership with Aston Martin.

aston martin db11 interiorAMG also supplies the alternate choice of motor available for the DB11, a reworked version of the high performance 4-litre twin turbo in AMG’s C63 Benz cars, tuned now more for grand tourer rather than sports car performance, with power slightly reduced but arriving earlier and with a bit more torque for better drive-ability.

(Aston also has a partnership with Red Bull racing, which has their F1 Team jointly named with Aston Martin for 2018, and the two have jointly developed the ferociously fast $3.2 million so-called hypercar, the ‘Valkyrie’, the development of which should influence other Aston Martin cars in the future.)

As is part of Aston Martin’s design philosophy, the DB11 features minimal exterior shut lines.

The lines to vanish into nothingness, creating a sense of fluidity and seamless unity for example, the front-hinging clamshell bonnet has been designed to eliminate the traditional shut lines created by a standard bonnet.

At the rear, air is channelled through intakes at the C-pillar base then out over the downward-sloping rear boot creating what is called a virtual spoiler, although the convertible still needs a physical one.

Chassis and bodywork are lightweight bonded aluminium.

The DB11 is lovely inside, with supple, hand-stitched leather cladding much of the cabin, and glossy inlays of wood or carbon trim on the doors and centre console, combining finest quality hand-craftsmanship with German technical expertise – the Daimler partnership most evident here with recognisable Mercedes-Benz elements such as touchpad, indicator stalk and infotainment system, new sat-nav and audio system, new auto-park assist feature with 360-degree birds-eye camera (useful when negotiating multi-storey carparks), 12” LCD colour drivers instrument cluster, Electronic Instrument Cluster With Mode Specific Displays and second centrally-mounted 8” info screen with intuitive rotary control and optional touchpad with character recognition, multi-touch and gesture support.

There are Automatic Wipers, Front/Rear Park/ Sensors, Two-Piece Steel Disc Brakes, ABSLED Headlights, LED Light Blade Tail-Lamps, Adaptive Damping, Dynamic Stability Control, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Electronic Park Brake, Emergency Brake Assist, Hydraulic Brake Assist, Torque Vectoring by Braking, Traction Control, Alarm and Immobiliser, Cruise Control with Speed Limiter, Remote-Control Locking and Boot Release, and there are virtually airbags everywhere!

The auto gear shift selector works via buttons on the dashboard.

Our test car, the V12, is a completely captivating grand tourer, with exquisite driving experience to match bewitching beauty.

During our scenic drive to Mornington, honestly the first 15 minutes driving was pretty damn intimidating.

Wide and long, its intercooled twin-scrolled twin-turbocharged 5.2-litre V12 engine produces eye-watering 447kW of power and 700Nm of torque available between 1,500rpm – 5,500rpm (but has stop-start technology, and can shut down ½ its cylinders when coasting to save petrol).

Applying power at low speed on curves it’s easy to fishtail the rear, even in GT mode, but after some time on the roads, the DB11 reveals itself to be remarkably composed and accessible.

Aston Martin utilises ZF’s 8-speed automatic gearbox with creamy smoothness befitting the Aston Martin brand.

The V12’s 447kW goes 0 to 100km/h in just 3.9 seconds.

The V12 DB11 is agile and its nose is eager to change direction. Selectable drive-dynamic modes of GT, Sport and Sport Plus progressively intensify responses of engine and transmission, together with the new electric power steering and Torque Vectoring by braking, while increasing the firmness of adaptive damping, for greater agility.

Even in default GT setting for dampers there is far more body control than one would expect, despite the suppleness of the suspension.

Switching to Sport seems unnecessary, although the firmer setting controls the body better, albeit with slightly more jiggling over uneven road surfaces.

Then Sport Plus further reduces body movements and adds sharpness to steering response.

During most of my drive, I left the dampers in GT mode feeling this is most suitable to city driving and fast roads. For race-car like experience select Sport Plus.

aston martin db11 20182018 Aston Martin DB11 V12Pricing and Specifications:

  • Price: $428,032 plus on-road costs
  • Engine: 5.2-litre twin-turbo petrol V12 rear wheel drive
  • Power: 447kW @ 6,500rpm
  • Torque: 700Nm @ 1,500rpm
  • Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
  • Dimensions: length 4,750mm x width 2,060mm x height 1,290mm x wheelbase 2,805mm
  • Fuel: combined 11.4L/100km
  • Fuel tank: 63 litres
  • Warranty: 3 years/unlimited kms.