Aston Martin Starts Production Of New DB11
Engine, styling and equipment overview of new grand tourer.
Aston Boss to personally inspect vehicles for quality
The Aston Martin DB11 is a new grand tourer which entered production at the Gaydon Plant, Warwickshire, on September 28th 2016. Deliveries in the United Kingdom start imminently. Aston President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr Andy Palmer, will now inspect the first 1,000 cars to “assure” quality, the company said.
Engine and performance
The Aston Martin Engine Plant provides population via a 5.2-litre V12, 608PS, 700Nm, twin-turbo petrol. This power plant – that is teamed with 8-speed auto transmission and rear-wheel-drive - propels motorists to 62mph in 3.9 seconds and top speed is 200mph. Each engine is hand assembled by a single technician, over 8 hours.
Brian Fitzsimons, Aston Martin Chief Engineer, Powertrain, said: “Designing and developing the 5.2-litre twin-turbo power plant has been an all-consuming passion for me and my team.” He added: "Knowing that the end result would be built with meticulous care in a state-of-the-art facility such the AMEP was an added motivation.”
The DB11 exterior styling is modern yet pays homage to its predecessors. It won the Production Car of the Year title at the Car Design Award 2016, in fact. The jury – which incorporated experts from international motoring magazines – said the company has, again, proved itself capable of blending “elegance and power”.
The jury said: “The design team has further evolved Aston Martin’s historical design cues and proportions.” It particularly mentioned the: “elongated bonnet, aluminium roof, and muscular rear fenders”.
Aston Martin Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman, said: “We are delighted that the new DB11 has been awarded this prestigious award.” He continued: “Every millimetre of the DB11 has been re-imagined from the ground up - and every part of DB11 is designed to create the world’s most alluring DB to date.”
Handling can be optimised to suit motorist preferences or the conditions. GT Mode ensures “exemplary ride quality”, the manufacturer said. Sport guarantees “added firmness and agility”, in contrast. Sport Plus “entirely turns-up the intensity” of systems such as the: suspension, steering and automatic transmission “to truly awaken the sports car within”, Aston argued.
Cabin and equipment
Aston Martin said the cabin is “an immersive private space” that incorporates “sumptuous natural materials” and “state-of-the-art climate control and infotainment” systems. Strengths include the 12” screen that replaces a traditional instrument cluster and presents primary information such as current speed. In contrast, the 8” centrally positioned screen relates to infotainment systems.
Standard features include: leather heated memory seats, front and rear parking sensors, 360 degree cameras, tyre pressure monitor, key-less entry and start, cruise control with speed limiter and satellite navigation. Aston Martin DB11 prices start from £154,900.