Benefits? At the pumps you’ll get 28 rather than 24mpg, the taxman will take less – CO2 rating is 230g/km against the V12’s 265 – and there’s a saving of £13,000 on recommended list price. The new V8 costs from £144,900 in the UK. In other markets around the world like China, where car tax is based on cubic capacity, a 4.0 rather than a 5.2 engine is expected to be good for sales.
We can also expect differences in the way the V8 handles. Aston asserts the new power plant reveals “more of the DB11’s dynamic side and capabilities”. It’s still an effortless GT at heart but a more agile and sporting one in this form, says the firm.
There’s that weight loss at work again, but also the fact that the new engine contributes to a lower centre of gravity and better weight distribution. Making the most of all that are new engine mounts and detailed revisions to suspension bushes, springs, dampers and anti-roll bars. Transmission is eight-speed paddle-shift automatic and like the V12 there’s an alloy torque tube with carbon fibre prop shaft.