DB11 V12 is the latest in a long line of grand touring Aston Martins, the emotional core of the brand. It’s all new from the ground up and hugely important to the marque as it begins its second century.
At the core of the new DB11 V12 is a new aluminium structure that combines bonded aluminium pressings, extrusions and castings. It’s lighter, stronger, more dynamic and more space-efficient than any DB before it, with a wheelbase some 65mm longer which enables the engine to be moved further back in the chassis for better weight distribution. There’s also more room behind the driver and the boot accommodates a full luggage set or golf bag plus trolley.
Externally, it’s all change; a lean, sleek shape that’s both aerodynamic and clean, with an uninterrupted flow from nose to tail. Standout features are the new grille, the clamshell bonnet and the dramatic new roof strake from A-pillar to C-pillar. The latter is a labour intensive, complex component but it gives the DB11 V12’s exterior a strong, bold contour that’s pure Aston Martin yet fresh.
The cabin has been reimagined, featuring a new console in a smooth sweep from dashboard through to the rear seats. The instrument cluster is a full-colour 12" TFT display with an additional, central 8" screen for infotainment. There’s a pleasing mix of advanced technical materials and hand-crafted upholstery with quilting, perforation and even brogueing to showcase Gaydon’s attention to detail.