Aston Martin DB11 news

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Aston Martin has officially revealed its new DB11, a twin-turbocharged 600bhp GT, at the 2016 Geneva motor show.

The DB11 is the first new car to be launched in Aston Martin's 'Second Century' plan, and is reputed to be 'the most significant Aston since the introduction of the DB9 in 2003'.Aston's CEO, Andy Palmer, said: '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.'Deliveries of the new GT will start towards the end of 2016 and it'll set you back £154,900.

Understandable. Its looks likely won't come as a huge surprise, primarily because a snapshot of the upcoming GT – taken at what looked to be a private event – had already revealed its front-end styling. Evident was the DB11’s heavily chiselled nose and LED daytime running lights.The new pictures, however, show off the new V12-engined GT in full. It again presents a long-bonnet, cab-backward stance, allowing the car to accommodate its 12-cylinder engine. Other styling features include a jutting front spoiler, headlamps 'bleeding' back over the edges of the wings and highly sculpted and blistered rear wheelarches.

Also on display are elegant LED tail-lights and a black strake between the rear pillar and the wing which creates a floating roof effect. The DB11 also has a clamshell bonnet, which hinges forwards, offering improved access compared to the DB9's conventional set-up.There's lots of aerodynamic trickery at work, too. Front-end lift is reduced by concealed vents within those distinctive side strakes – and at the back a cool 'AeroBlade' spoiler serves to cut lift at the tail. It takes air from the base of each C-pillar, then vents it from a slot in the rear deck – helping keep the tail down, without ruining the Aston's lines.

It's an in-house designed twin-turbocharged 5.2-litre V12. Alas, it seems like the naturally aspirated twelve-cylinder era is over at Aston, as the company strives to meet tightening emissions requirements and economy considerations.The all-aluminium V12 produces a stout 600bhp and 516lb ft, which is sent to the rear wheels via a rear-mounted eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox. Peak power is produced at 6500rpm, while peak torque is usefully on offer from 1500-5000rpm.

It's got a host of modern features, too, including cylinder deactivation and stop-start technology – all of which should serve to boost its economy and cut emissions further. Helping make good use of the power are new driver assistance systems, including torque vectoring and electric power steering.Whether it's an all-new engine or not remains to be seen; Aston has a lot of experience with its current V12 powerplant, though, and it would be surprising if it was ditched in its entirety.Aston Martin claims the DB11 will sprint from 0-62mph in 3.9sec and hit a top speed of 200mph.

As you can see, the interior's considerably more modern than any seen in an Aston for a long time. That's in part thanks to the new tie-up with Daimler for hardware.Consequently, inside, you'll spot familiar switchgear and media systems, including a 12-in digital driver's display, a centrally mounted 8-in screen and Mercedes' rotary controller – the touch one is optional.While it's a shame many of the components aren't more bespoke, at least the new hardware will deliver a thoroughly modern experience – and features like a standard-fit 360-degree parking camera will no doubt be appreciated by many.

The doors are claimed to have a wider opening, making access easier, while there's a pair of ISOFIX mounting points in the back for child seats. The boot's claimed to be big enough for a pair of large holdalls and some smaller bags, so the DB11 may well offer true GT credentials. A 78-litre tank should let you cover some distance, at least – but official consumption figures haven't been announced yet.As you'd expect, Aston offers wide range of personalisation options for the DB11 – including contrasting colours and textures for the interior trims.Palmer added: 'This is not only the most important car that Aston Martin has launched in recent history, but also in its 103-year existence.'

Technical specifications

  • Engine: Front mid-mounted 48-valve, all-aluminium, 5204cc twin-turbo V12. CR of 9.2:1. 600bhp at 6500rpm, 516lb ft from 1500-5000rpm. Electronically controlled exhaust, intelligent bank activation. 115bhp/litre.
  • Transmission: Rear mid-mounted ZF eight-speed automatic, alloy torque tube with carbonfibre prop, limited-slip differential
  • Chassis: Two-door 2+2, extruded and bonded aluminium structure, cast magnesium door structures. 1770kg dry weight, 51%/49% weigh distribution.
  • Suspension: Front independent double wishbone suspension, anti-roll bar and adaptive dampers / Rear multi-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar and adaptive dampers
  • Steering: Electric power-assisted rack and pinion with 13:1 ratio, speed sensitive, 2.4 turns lock-to-lock
  • Braking: Front ventilated two-piece steel discs (400x36mm), six-piston calipers / Rear ventilated steel discs (360x32mm) with four-piston calipers; electronic parking brake
  • Wheels and tyres: Front 9Jx20" Bridgestone S007 255/40 ZR20, Rear 11Jx20" Bridgestone S007 295/35 ZR20
  • Standard equipment: Heated memory electric front seats, cruise control, parking sensors, 360-degree camera, dual-zone climate, multiple airbags, keyless entry and start, 400w audio system, sat-nav, DAB, Bluetooth.

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