Aston Martin DB11 Research

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The Aston Martin DB11 is the brand's signature model. A 2+2 grand touring sports car, it replaces the DB9. It was shown as a coupe at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, and a convertible, called Volante, is certainly forthcoming.

(No DB10 was offered as a production car. Instead, a limited number of DB10s were built for the James Bond movie "Spectre.")

The DB11 is the first Aston Martin on a new all-aluminum platform that will underpin the rest of the lineup in coming years.

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Instantly recognizable as a DB, the DB11 manages enough change that it looks fresh and distinctive. Aston Martin's signature grille returns, but it is deeper and wider. New LED headlights look considerably more modern than those they replace. A new clamshell hood has more pronounced hood lines without the cutlines. Perhaps the most controversial element is the "floating" roof look. It features a two-tone appearance, but keeps its sleek profile. The rear gets LED taillights that extend into the center panel.

Many of the design features are there for aerodynamics. The gill-like “curlicues” behind the front wheels release high-pressure air from inside the wheel arches via concealed vents within the redesigned side-strakes. The AeroBlade design of the rear pillars also draws in air through a vent at the base of each rear pillar and channels it out over the trunk, acting as a spoiler.

Under the sumptuous hood lies a new engine. It is a twin-turbocharged 5.2-liter V-12 that makes 600 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. A twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 sourced from Mercedes-AMG will be offered later this year. With either engine, the power is sent through a torque tube via a carbon fiber driveshaft to a rear-mounted 8-speed automatic transmission. The DB11 has only rear-wheel drive.

Aston Martin says the DB11 can rocket from 0 to 62 mph in 3.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 200 mph. Fuel economy numbers are not yet available, but we expect a slight improvement over the old 5.9-liter V-12.

The new platform is a bonded aluminum structure like Aston Martin’s previous design. However, it now incorporates more lightweight materials and is more space efficient. Twenty-inch wheels are fitted at all four corners, and the steel brakes are massive: 15.7-inch front rotors with six-piston calipers up front and 14.2-inch rotors with four-piston calipers in the rear. Performance will also be aided by a brake-based torque vectoring system, adaptive dampers, launch control, and a driving mode selector.

The interior of the DB11 features beautiful materials, a digital instrument cluster, a big 12-inch touchscreen with a rotary dial and touchpad, an additional 2.1 inches of head room and 3.4 inches of leg room in the rear, and an available Bang & Olufsen audio system. Safety features include camera-based monitoring systems, parking aids, and even ISOFIX mounting points for a pair of child seats in the back.

The 2017 Aston Martin DB11 starts at $211,995.

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