No big deal, then.
With so much at stake for what in effect amounts to a relaunch of the entire company, via its heralded “second century” plan, which will support a string of new models and powertrains over the next few years, it’s no surprise that the DB11 is an entirely new car. And not before time - the old 6.0-litre V12 engine and DB9 chassis have been squeezed until the pips squeaked. Time for a new kid on the block.
And so we have a morning-fresh V12 engine, with a new swept volume of 5.2 litres, supported by twin turbos, developing 600bhp and 516lb ft of torque, and taking this car to 62mph in 3.9 seconds and that magic top speed of 200mph. There’s a new bonded aluminium chassis, new suspension, new steel brakes, new aluminium clamshell bonnet design…. You get the plan.
Aston has boldly stuck its neck out and called this Grand Tourer “the most dynamically gifted DB model in Aston Martin’s history”.
It certainly looks the part, with sculptural LED tail lights echoing the old boomerang design that look very “second century” and a body that, while it echoes the bulging haunches of the DB9, has become more taut, more aggressive. A great deal of its new character is down to very clever aerodynamics. Bonnet grilles, hidden ducts and side strakes, plus two intakes hide at the base of each C-pillar, force the air up, round and under the bodywork. Air from the C-pillars is funnelled to the rear deck, where the “AeroBlade” – essentially a discrete slot in the bodywork – forces the air out in a disrupted jet that creates downforce, reduces lift and so replaces the need for a lip at the tail.