2017 Aston Martin DB11

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DB9 replacement with stunning looks, turbocharged V-12

Aston Martin has been relying on its VH (Vertical/Horizontal) platform since 2001, using it in all of its vehicles except the Aston Martin One-77 and the 2011 Toyota iQ- based Cygnet city car. That came to an end in 2016, when the Brits introduced their new, lighter architecture that includes parts engineered by Mercedes’ high-performance AMG division. The new platform will also see Aston Martin vehicles receive the biturbo, 4.0-liter V-8 launched in the Mercedes-AMG GT, which will be supplied to Gaydon-based on a partnership with Daimler. The first Aston Martin product to benefit from these new features was unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. It goes by the name DB11 and replaces the iconic DB9.

Sent into showrooms for the 2017 model year, the DB11 introduced Aston Martin’s new styling language and a host of new technologies. Previewed by the DB10 James Bond movie car, the new design brought a sportier and more compact appearance to Aston Martin’s grand tourer, while still relying on the classic features that made this brand famous in the 1960s. Along with the new design, the DB11 also debuted Gaydon’s brand-new V-12 powerplant, which now makes use of turbocharging for enhanced output, improved fuel economy, and reduced emissions. Aston’s first all-new, mass-produced vehicle in more than a decade, the DB11 marked the beginning of a new era for Britain’s famed GT manufacturer.

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This is One Aston Martin That James Bond Would Love To Drive

This is One Aston Martin That James Bond Would Love To Drive

It’s sleek, powerful, and heavily armored

An Aston Martin DB11 that would make James Bond proud is currently for sale at JamesEdition. The unique DB11 doesn’t have revolving license plates or machine guns hidden in its fenders. Instead, it has level four armor protection courtesy of Trasco Bremen. No other details were given about the car other than that its a 2018 model. It’s for sale, though, at a price that’s available upon request.

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The 10 Most Beautiful Cars Available Today

The 10 Most Beautiful Cars Available Today

Swooning over these models can become occupational hazard

It’s true that there is subjectivity in beauty, but in the world of automobiles, that’s less likely to manifest itself because the cream always rises to the top. The most beautiful cars today don’t need to let the world know they’re beautiful. They just are. That’s why when we’re discussing which of today’s cars look the best, the same models find their way into the conversation. There will be some debates, sure, but for the most part, those debates typically are about determining if a car looks awesome or super awesome. Compiling a list of the ten most beautiful cars today was difficult because there were too many options to consider. In the end, I got through my list of 10 models that can take my money just by looking at them.

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2018 Aston Martin DB11 Volante Henley Royal Regatta

2018 Aston Martin DB11 Volante Henley Royal Regatta

How’s this for a fancy one-off follow-up to the DB11 Henley Royal Regatta

One year after Aston Martin rolled out the DB11 Henley Royal Regatta, the British automaker is back at it, this time with the DB11 Volante Henley Royal Regatta. The new one-off DB11 Volante is the follow-up to last year’s one-off DB11, which was created to celebrate Aston Martin’s role as the official auto partner of the Henley Royal Regatta, considered as one of the world’s most prestigious and historic sporting events. Like the DB11 from last year, the DB11 Volante gets plenty of exclusive features, all of which come by way of Q by Aston Martin.

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Comparison: 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera vs. Aston Martin DB11

Comparison: 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera vs. Aston Martin DB11

Adding extra heat to the recipe

Aston’s latest addition to the world of high-end speed is the DBS Superleggera, a V-12-powered range-topping super GT flagship. This thing is one big, bad monster machine, but peel back the sultry body pieces, and you’ll find the Aston Martin DB11, which provides both the underpinnings and many of the mechanical bits. So then, how do they compare?

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2019 Aston Martin DB11 Classic Driver Edition

2019 Aston Martin DB11 Classic Driver Edition

Who knew that this much green on an Aston would look cool?

Aston Martin’s Q by Aston Martin personalization program has come up with a bespoke DB11 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Classic Driver, considered as the world’s first website for sophisticated car collectors and auto enthusiasts. The vehicle, called the Aston Martin DB11 Classic Driver Edition, is limited to just 20 units and will only be offered to a handful of customers and long-time members of the Classic Driver community.

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2019 Aston Martin DB11 AMR

2019 Aston Martin DB11 AMR

Leading the charge in Aston’s DB11 brigade

Aston Martin debuted the DB11 in 2016 at the Geneva International Motor Show, introducing it as a replacement for the critically acclaimed DB9. Offered with both a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 from Mercedes-AMG and a twin-turbo 5.2-liter V-12 made in-house, the DB11 quickly established itself as a force to be reckoned with in the luxury grand tourer performance segment. Now, Aston is replacing the top-trim V-12 with an even-faster version from AMR, stuffing it with more power, sharper handling, and tons of aesthetic upgrades front to back, inside and out.

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Aston Martin Cranks Up The Volume With The DB11 AMR

Aston Martin Cranks Up The Volume With The DB11 AMR

More power, more speed, and a sharper tip for the DB11 spear

First introduced in 2016 at the Geneva Motor Show, the hotly anticipated DB11 hit the scene as a successor to the beloved DB9, bringing superlative British performance and styling to the high-end luxury GT segment. Now, there’s an even-faster version from Aston’s performance boffins at AMR.

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Seven Modern Cars With A Retro Twist

Seven Modern Cars With A Retro Twist

Which ones do you like? Which ones do you not like?

The evolution in car design is one of the biggest identifiers into how far the auto industry has come in the last 50 years. Classic designs from years-gone-by have given way to modern designs that sit on the shoulders of cutting-edge technology. There’s no going around how things have changed in the industry, but what if there was a way to mesh the classic designs of yesteryear with today’s design language? Would the results be something you’d be interested in? Would you cringe and run away from them as fast as possible?

Fortunately, we won’t have to imagine what those cars would look like. Marketing agency NeoMam Studios prepared a few renderings of these cars, which we’re going to show below. There are seven renderings in total, with each car getting an injection of old-school design touches. Not everything worked out as well I’d hope, but you might have different reactions altogether. Let us know in the comments section below how you feel about the renderings.

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2018 Aston Martin DB11 Volante

2018 Aston Martin DB11 Volante

The drop-top DB11 is finally here!!!!!!!!!!!!

The DB11 Volante was officially announced by Aston Martin in October of 2017. While being on its way to dealers is a pretty big deal, what seems more important to mention here is that the new DB11 Volante maintained the same sporty look even with that canvass top up or down – now that’s a pretty sweet deal. Initial models appear to only be offered with the AMG-sourced, 4.0-liter, V-8, which means you’re in for about 503 horsepower and 513 pound-feet of sheer man-pleasing goodness. For what it’s worth that engine is enough to deliver a four-second sprint to 62 mph in the coupe, and the Volante won’t be far behind.

With that in mind, the only real difference between the Volante and the coupe is quite obvious – that fabric top. But, you’ll be wanting to pop the champagne bottles when you see just how well Aston Martin managed to convert the coupe design into a drop top. This thing is absolutely gorgeous, and even has exactly what you would expect from an AM Volante. So, with that said, let’s dive on in and take a really good look at the new DB11 Volante. You might find yourself begging the wife to allow you to get one ;)

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Chris Harris Reviews Aston Martin's DB11, Gets Sideways Like It's Nothing: Video

Chris Harris Reviews Aston Martin’s DB11, Gets Sideways Like It’s Nothing: Video

A Brit’s take on the U.K. hero

Aston Martin released the DB11 in 2016, offering a successor to the much-loved DB9 and promising to catapult the nameplate into a future filled with sporty good looks, modern technology, and no shortage of speed. Under the hood is a V-12 powerplant pushing a top speed of 200 mph. But while the specs are impressive, the DB11 still has some pretty big shoes to fill. With that in mind, the question is obvious – how does it get on in the real world? Top Gear’s Chris Harris decided to find out, and snagged the above-featured silver example of Gaydon’s latest and greatest for a quick spin in this seven-minute, 48-second video review.

The review starts on the street, where the DB11’s grand tourer chops are tested on a damp, rainy U.K. two-lane. Harris is immediately pleased to report that the DB11 fulfills its role with a supple, comfortable ride. Tackling public asphalt is a joy behind the wheel, with the cabin providing a lovely place to sit, despite the ageing Mercedes infotainment set-up. But no Chris Harris review would be complete without liberal application of counter steer, so after the road test, the car heads to the racetrack for a little tail out action. Make that a lot of tail out action. “It’s a really, really playful, fun car, with heaps of balance, and much easier to slide around than I ever expected!” Harris exclaims. “And it feels like it could do it for a long, long time. It feels robust!”

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2017 Aston Martin DB11 Henley Royal Regatta

2017 Aston Martin DB11 Henley Royal Regatta

One-off creation designed to celebrate the long-standing history of one of the world’s oldest sporting events

Aston Martin is no stranger to making special edition models. Its Q by Aston Martin personalization department is responsible for recent creations like the Vanquish S Red Arrows Edition that paid tribute to the Spitfire plane and the Blades Aerobatic Display Team and the AM37 powerboat-inspired Vanquish Volante. These two special edition models were unveiled a few months ago, so you can imagine how much of a groove Q by Aston Martin is in. Turns out, we don’t need to wait too long for Q’s next creation because it’s already arrived. It’s called the DB11 Henley Regatta and it’s a sight to behold.

Created to celebrate Aston’s partnership with Henley Royal Regatta, the one-off DB11 packs plenty of exclusive nods that reflect the prestige associated with one of the world’s prestigious rowing events. For those who aren’t familiar, the Henley Royal Regatta is a rowing event held annually on the River Thames by the town of Henley-on-Thames. It was founded in 1839 and is considered one of the oldest sporting events in the world. It figures then that with the event’s history, coupled with Aston Martin’s long-standing involvement in the realm of nautical sports, a partnership between the two entities would happen. Now it has with a one-off DB11 that received extensive work on the exterior and interior to make it a true one-off creation.

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Aston Martin And Tom Brady Should Make For A Successful Partnership

Aston Martin And Tom Brady Should Make For A Successful Partnership

Don’t count on sales to increase, but Aston Martin’s brand awareness in the US could shoot through the roof

Celebrity endorsements can reap huge rewards for brands. That’s especially the case in the auto industry where competition is so rampant, some companies take this route to help elevate their names by having a popular figure attached to them. Think Peyton Manning and Shaquille O’Neal doing those hilarious Buick commercials or Blake Griffin’s series of ads for Kia. Some of them are years old and don’t run anymore, but the association remains. Of course, not every celebrity-endorsed car is promoted through commercials. Land Rover signed Victoria Beckham to a deal back in 2012 to help design the Range Rover Evoque. All this leads us to the latest automaker-celebrity connection: Aston Martin and Tom Brady.

Talk of the Aston Martin and Tom Brady collaboration isn’t actually breaking news since it had already been teased in a 30-second teaser back in February. But now we know what the scope of the Aston Martin-Tom Brady partnership and its potential to be special. The synergy between the two sides is evident, especially when the immense success both Aston Martin and Tom Brady have in their respective fields is combined. The British supercar brand doesn’t remain relevant in the auto industry for over 100 years without being successful and Brady didn’t win his five Super Bowl rings by accident. Line up these two together and you have the makings of a partnership that’s oozing with promise and opportunity.

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2018 Aston Martin DB11 S

2018 Aston Martin DB11 S

The Brits are testing a sportier DB11 with Recaro seats and a rollcage

Introduced in 2016 as a replacement for the iconic DB9, the Aston Martin DB11 brought the British carmaker into a new era, one that finally sees the old VH platform retired. Now using lighter underpinnings engineered with help from Mercedes-AMG, the grand tourer is more than capable of competing against its more modern rivals. However, the DB11 is still a long way from becoming a proper vehicle lineup, with the convertible still under development. But this may end by the end of 2017, as Aston Martin is already testing a higher performance version of the coupe.

Spotted on public roads for the very first time in 2017, the beefed-up DB11 uses a new aerodynamic package that includes a reworked bumper, new side skirts, and a race-inspired diffuser at the back. Although Aston Martin has yet to confirm it is working on a new version and there aren’t many hints out there, I believe that this is a more powerful variant of the DB11. Several reports suggest that it could wear an "S" badge, just like the upgraded version of the Vanquish. Expect this new model to break cover by the end of the year, probably before the BD11 Volante will be unveiled in early 2018. Meanwhile, let’s have a closer look at what we already know about the DB11 S in the speculative review below.

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AMG-Powered Aston Martin DB11 Could Debut in China

AMG-Powered Aston Martin DB11 Could Debut in China

It could have anywhere between 530 and 550 horsepower

Aston Martin may have skipped out on creating a production version of the DB10 used in the most recent James Bond film, but that’s okay. We ended up getting the DB11, a vehicle built on a new, lighter architecture that included parts engineered by none other than Mercedes-AMG. The DB11 made its debut in mid-2016 and showcased the brand’s new 5.2-liter V-12 that had some 600 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of wholesome goodness. But, with that platform having plenty of AMG DNA at its core, that also means the DB11 is expected to get a version of the 4.0-liter, Biturbo, V-8 that was launched in the Mercedes-AMG GT. If Car News China is to be believed, the AMG-powered DB11 will make its debut at the Shanghai Auto Show next month.

Of course, there’s no official announcement as of yet, so specifics are still up in the air, but rumor has it that it will pump out around 530 horsepower – a figure that puts it about 70 horsepower shy of the V-12 powered DB11, which kicked out 600 horsepower and 516 pound-feet. According to the source, the DB11 V-8 will start out at 2.75 million yuan, or about $400,000 – about $70,000 cheaper in China than the V-12 model. And, since the V-8 is just below the 4.0-liter threshold, it will offer an attractive savings over the V-12 model thanks to it being in a lower tax bracket.

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2017 Aston Martin DB11 by Q

2017 Aston Martin DB11 by Q

The brand’s Q division offers more options than ever

Introduced in 2016 as a replacement for the long-running DB9, the Aston Martin DB11 is returning to the Geneva Motor Show exactly one year after its debut. This time around, the British firm is using the Swiss event to showcase the first DB11 tailored by Q, its personalization division. What’s more, the DB11 by Q also marks the debut of Aston Martin’s enhanced bespoke service, which now includes more options than ever.

Specifically, the Q division evolved into a multi-tiered offering that gives customers almost limitless opportunities to create their unique Aston Martin. The new collection includes exclusive paint and upholstery colors, and new material finishes and craft elements. These range from a unique leather quilt upholstery pattern to tinted wheel finishes with body-colored blades, as well as new wood and leather inserts inside the cabin.

The DB11 by Q will share the stage with two other fresh Aston Martin vehicles. Visitors will be able to take a closer look at the new Vanquish S, the most powerful and dynamic grand tourer to date, as well as the AM-RB 001 hypercar, which makes its European debut after going public for the very first time at the Canadian International Auto Show.

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Tom Brady Didn't Just Win His Fifth Super Bowl, He's Also Designing Cars For Aston Martin

Tom Brady Didn’t Just Win His Fifth Super Bowl, He’s Also Designing Cars For Aston Martin

For the man who has everything, car designer may be 12’s latest conquest

Tom Brady is the toast of the town these days, and rightfully so. The man just engineered the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history on his way to winning his fifth Super Bowl title and fourth Super Bowl MVP, the most of any player in history in both categories. But the New England Patriots’ historic win over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI wasn’t the only headline-grabbing news that Brady was involved in over the weekend. Lost in the ginormous shadow of the Big Game was the announcement of the GOAT’s new partnership with Aston Martin.

Not much is known about what kind of partnership Brady has with the British automaker, but the latter did release a small teaser announcing the collaboration. The likely scenario would be for Brady to serve as the new ambassador of Aston Martin, specifically that of the automaker’s new DB11 performance coupe. The 30-second teaser alluded to as much when since it prominently featured the DB11 together with a number of descriptive words that could have been used to describe either Aston Martin or Tom Brady. From there, the teaser cuts to black as the words “Tom Brady and Aston Martin” come to the screen, followed by the words “Coming Soon.” The video then ends with the logo of the DB11, essentially confirming that this new relationship between the five-time Super Bowl winner and the British auto marquee will revolve around the latter’s new performance coupe.

Neither Aston Martin nor Tom Brady have elaborated on the partnership so as far as teasers go, this one succeeded in drawing up a lot of curiosity for both parties. There’s a good chance that Brady could be announced as the new brand ambassador of Aston Martin or he could be in line to build a special variant of the DB11, probably for the U.S. market.

Either way, let’s all hope that more information becomes available sooner than later. You have our curiosities piqued, Aston Martin. Now how about throwing us a bone to shed light on this new partnership with 12.

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Aston Martin DB11 Officially Goes Into Production

Aston Martin DB11 Officially Goes Into Production

CEO Andy Palmer has promised to "personally inspect" the first 1,000 models

Production for the Aston Martin DB11 has officially began at the British automaker’s home production facility in Gaydon, England. No less than Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer was on hand to witness the milestone event.

Palmer understandably called the event “an exciting moment for the entire company” as production of the DB11 signals the official start of the company’s ambitious “Second Century Plan.” The DB11, which was just launched at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March, is expected to lay the groundwork for as many as seven new models from the British automaker, including next-generation versions of the Vantage and Vanquish sports cars, as well as the DBX electric crossover, a pair of Lagonda-badged sedans, and a supercar that will compete against the likes of the Ferrari 488 GTB.

The importance of the DB11 to Aston Martin is evident by Palmer’s promise to personally inspect the first 1,000 DB11 models to be produced. Considering that interest in the car is off to a resounding high – Aston has already received 3,000 orders for the DB11 – production of the successor to the DB9 should make it an incredibly busy time inside the Gaydon facility as Aston Martin officially starts a new chapter in its long and illustrious history.

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2017 Aston Martin DB11

2017 Aston Martin DB11

DB9 replacement with stunning looks, turbocharged V-12

Aston Martin has been relying on its VH (Vertical/Horizontal) platform since 2001, using it in all of its vehicles except the Aston Martin One-77 and the 2011 Toyota iQ- based Cygnet city car. That came to an end in 2016, when the Brits introduced their new, lighter architecture that includes parts engineered by Mercedes’ high-performance AMG division. The new platform will also see Aston Martin vehicles receive the biturbo, 4.0-liter V-8 launched in the Mercedes-AMG GT, which will be supplied to Gaydon-based on a partnership with Daimler. The first Aston Martin product to benefit from these new features was unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. It goes by the name DB11 and replaces the iconic DB9.

Sent into showrooms for the 2017 model year, the DB11 introduced Aston Martin’s new styling language and a host of new technologies. Previewed by the DB10 James Bond movie car, the new design brought a sportier and more compact appearance to Aston Martin’s grand tourer, while still relying on the classic features that made this brand famous in the 1960s. Along with the new design, the DB11 also debuted Gaydon’s brand-new V-12 powerplant, which now makes use of turbocharging for enhanced output, improved fuel economy, and reduced emissions. Aston’s first all-new, mass-produced vehicle in more than a decade, the DB11 marked the beginning of a new era for Britain’s famed GT manufacturer.

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Aston Martin Showcases The Vulcan And DB11 At The Goodwood Festival Of Speed: Video

Aston Martin Showcases The Vulcan And DB11 At The Goodwood Festival Of Speed: Video

This is what Aston Martin meant when it laid out its aggressive expansion plans

If there was ever a place where Aston Martin could showcase its new-found obsession with power and performance, it has to be the Goodwood Festival of Speed. And so it was at the annual auto event on the Earl of March’s estate that Aston Martin brought its newest model, the DB11, to make its long-awaited debut in U.K. soil.

Ever the opportunist, Aston Martin also brought back the Vulcan hypercar one year after it made its own world debut in Goodwood. Together, the DB11 and the Vulcan didn’t disappoint the gathered crowd who came to watch the parade of exotics performing their lap around the estate. One after the other, the Vulcan and the DB11 did their laps with the Vulcan going first, followed by the DB11.

They may have tried to set fast laps of their own, but seeing both cars together in the same track was a ceremonial reminder to everyone that Aston Martin is well and truly back in the supercar game. Do the math and that’s 1,400 horsepower between the two cars, being shown for the first time together for all the world to see.

If there are still any questions about the legitimacy of Aston Martin’s pursuit to once again become a serious player in the supercar segment, the Vulcan and the DB11 shoved those questions aside with their emphatic displays of power and performance.

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Aston Martin Starts Production Of New 5.2-Liter Twin-Turbo V-12 Engine

Aston Martin Starts Production Of New 5.2-Liter Twin-Turbo V-12 Engine

New powertrain will be used on the Aston Martin DB11 and Vantage models among others

Production of Aston Martin’s new 600-horsepower, 5.2-liter, twin-turbocharged, V-12 engine has begun with the first unit having already been built in the company’s engine plant in Cologne, Germany. The new engine is internally known as the AE31 and has an official output of 600 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. It is also expected to take the reins from the 6.0-liter V-12, known as the AE28, as the company’s new flagship powertrain. The AE28 engine has been around since 2003 when Aston Martin relaunched under Ford ownership and debuted the DB9.

13 years later, the British automaker is once again preparing to turn a new chapter in its history and it’s doing so by not only reinventing its lineup, but by offering a new V-12 engine that will be used in a handful of its new models, most notably the DB11. In fact, the first production DB11 is expected to receive the first 5.2-liter V-12 engine that’s signed by Aston Martin. There are no plans to sell that model at the moment, although those plans could change in the future in the event the company decides to allocate it to a loyal customer.

Other than the DB11, the new 5.2-liter V-12 engine is also expected to be used on the company’s new V12-powered Vantage models and the Lagonda SUV. More importantly, Aston Martin is developing the AE31 to be just as durable and long-lasting as its predecessor. Unless something unforeseen happens, the AE31 engine will have a similar, if not longer, life span than the AE28 engine.

The automaker is at least seeing to it that production of the AE31 engine is up to company standards. One engine takes a total of eight hours to build with one engine assembly technician responsible for building each engine following the process through from beginning to end. As soon as the engine is completed, it is subjected to hot and cold testing from inside the same facility in Cologne. Once it passes all of its tests, the engines will be shipped to Aston Martin headquarters in Gaydon, UK.

Meanwhile, production of the 6.0-liter V-12 engine and the 4.7-liter V-8 engine will continue in the same facility, which has a production capacity of 8,000 engines a year.

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Auto Express Spends Some Time With The Aston Martin DB11: Video

Auto Express Spends Some Time With The Aston Martin DB11: Video

Say hello to Aston’s new V-12-powered pièce de résistance

There aren’t that many soon-to-hit-the-market cars that’ll get my attention more than the Aston Martin DB11. As the British automaker’s latest pride and joy, the DB11 is more than just the next wave supercar to come out of Gaydon. It actually represents a dramatic shift in ideology as the DB11 represents the first Aston to make use of the company’s new, AMG-sourced V-12 engine. Oh, the DB11 is also Aston Martin’s first all-new, mass-produced vehicle in more than 10 years so clearly, there’s a lot riding on the car to be as good as advertised.

Auto Express’ very own Steve Sutcliffe was given the opportunity to drive a camouflaged DB11 and it’s obvious from the get-go that the car still had some kinks that needed to be worked out. Not that it matters because Sutcliffe still had a ball of a time inside the somewhat thinly dressed interior. He even goes so far as saying that it’s probably one of the best cars Aston “looks likely” to make. It’s not really the kind of ringing endorsement Aston would’ve liked, but given how the DB11 is technically still in development, it’s probably the highest praise it can get from somebody who clearly knows his way round cars of this stature.

It’s understandably not the kind of review that’s going to define the DB11 but as Sutcliffe smartly points out, the potential is already there for the DB11 to be the kind of supercar that Aston Martin can really hang its hat on.

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Aston Martin DB11 Receiving Massive Pre-Orders

Aston Martin DB11 Receiving Massive Pre-Orders

1,400+ pre-orders taken despite Aston Martin not releasing the full details

Aston Martin may have struck a gold mine with the recently introduced DB11. That was the tone laid out by CEO Andy Palmer when he told The Motoring Report at the Australian Grand Prix that more than 1,400 customers have already pre-ordered the DB11 despite the British automaker not yet releasing the car’s full specs.

The massive interest in the DB11 can be attributed to a lot of things, but given what we know about the car so far, the two most obvious sources of attention are the car’s overall aesthetic design and it’s 5.2-liter twin-turbocharged V-12 engine that pumps out 600 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Customers who know the nitty gritty details about their cars are likely to have appreciated the fact that the DB11 also comes with a new-generation chassis, suspension, steering, and technology, the last of which comes with the assistance of technology partner Daimler.

With many of the specifics still unknown, the notion the DB11 is already getting significant attention can be considered a massive coup for Aston Martin. The British automaker isn’t particularly known for having unlimited resources, so when one of its cars gets this kind of attention, it’s something that the company should be proud of.

If anything, Aston Martin’s goal for the DB11 to be its resident GT car is off to a great start. The kind of interest is generating gives the automaker the confidence to believe that its plan for the car to appeal to a broader consumer base is working flawlessly.

Aston Martin’s duty now is to ensure the DB11 will justify the massive demand it’s generating. No pressure, right Dr. Palmer?

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Aston Martin Looking To Build Seven-Model Range

Aston Martin Looking To Build Seven-Model Range

A replacement model of the Vantage will be first in the cards

Aston Martin isn’t keen on calling it a lineup overhaul, but it might as well admit to it after announcing plans to build a seven-model lineup that effectively signals the start of a new era for the British luxury brand.

Speaking with Car & Driver, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer laid out the plans for the new model range, beginning with the replacement of the existing V8 Vantage. That model will retain the same name and is expected to launch in 2017. More importantly, it’s going to use the AMG-sourced 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine, the first Aston Martin to use this specific powertrain. Accompanying the new engine will be a choice of either manual and automatic gearboxes. As for the V-12 version of the Vantage is concerned, Aston Martin hasn’t made plans known for that car, that is if it has plans to begin with. In any event, the release of the replacement Vantage will be followed by another replacement model.

Once the new Vantage hits the market, Aston Martin will turn its focus on new Vanquish. That car won’t be launched until 2018, and at this point, not much is known about the technical side of the supercar. It is important to note that Palmer himself singled out the next-generation Vanquish as the likeliest model to receive some of the technologies that come out of the Aston Martin-Red Bull Racing partnership. Two F1-sourced techs that are reportedly being considered for the new Vanquish include structural carbon fiber and KERS technology.

Beyond these two models, Aston Martin is also busy preparing the DB11, which we first saw at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The long-awaited replacement for the DB9 will be powered by a newly developed 5.2-liter turbocharged V-12 engine and is scheduled to arrive around the same time as the next-generation Vantage. A V-8 version is also reportedly in the cards, but a timetable for that model is still up in the air.

Rounding out the seven-model range are two models that we already know about: the Lagonda SUV and the DBX electric crossover. The remaining models are still shrouded in secrecy, but there is some indication that they could be the V-12 version of the Vantage and the V-8 version of the DB11. Another possibility is a production version of the RapidE Concept. Whether any of these possibilities come to bear is still a matter of debate, but we do know that theAM-RB 001, the 99-piece hypercar Aston Martin is developing with Red Bull, is unlikely to be part of the seven models due to its limited run.

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2016 Geneva International Motor Show – Best In Show

2016 Geneva International Motor Show – Best In Show

Odysseus ain’t got nothing on this

You know, if you take a long, hard look at auto journalism, there are a few words that seem to pop up a little too often. One good example is the word “epic,” which, in my opinion, should be reserved for life’s most dramatic, mind-blowing moments. That said, last week was the Geneva International Motor Show, and I feel quite confident in labeling it the most epic show of the year. Granted, we’re only a week or so into March, but honestly, I’m not sure how the rest of 2016 will be able to top what we saw in Geneva.

Of course, with over 100 debuts on the schedule and just about every marque under the sun in attendance, odds were high that Geneva would bring the good stuff. Nevertheless, this year’s event in Switzerland went above and beyond, showcasing the next evolution, as it were, when it comes to bleeding-edge technology and face-melting speed.

So then – to the task at hand. It is with great pleasure that I present to you the top five debuts from the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show.

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Aston Martin DB9 Successor Caught During Hot Weather Testing: Spy Shots

Aston Martin DB9 Successor Caught During Hot Weather Testing: Spy Shots

Aston Martin’s successor to the DB9 is out testing again. No need to get the champagne out though, as the photos we just received from our paparazzi depict the same camouflaged prototype we’ve seen so many times. Not the one wearing the swirly black-and-white wrap, but the all-black coupe that could very well fill in as Mad Max’s personal car in the next installment of the post-apocalyptic film series.

Just take a look at that rear end and the massive hunk of metal between those prototype tallights and tell me it wouldn’t be perfect in providing protection for a huge tank of gasoline. But yeah, I know, it’s not as cool as the mighty Interceptor.

Anyway, since there’s is not much to talk about based on these photos, let’s do a quick recap of what we already know.

First, there’s a big chance this new grand tourer will come with a DB11 badge. Second, the styling should blend cues from both the 2015 Aston Martin DB10 "James Bond" car and the current 2013 Aston Martin DB9. As we found out earlier this month, the interior will feature a few parts sourced from the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, as well as Mercedes electronics (possibly a Comand infotainment system too). Under the hood, look for both Aston Martin’s traditional V-12, as well as the AMG’s 4.0-liter V-8. The smaller unit will find its way into all future Aston Martin models as part of a deal the British signed with Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz.

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Aston Martin DB9 Successor Reveals Its Interior: Spy Shots

Aston Martin DB9 Successor Reveals Its Interior: Spy Shots

We’ve already found out that the 2017 Aston Martin DB9 successor will arrive in late 2016 with a turbocharged, 4.0-liter V-8 developed by AMG and now we can confirm that the grand tourer will borrow more from Mercedes-Benz. According to the latest bunch of spy shots sent to us by our paparazzi, the DB11 (the name is not yet official) will feature 2014 Mercedes S-Class-sourced instrument dials, a rotary controller for the infotainment system, as well as switches for the air conditioning system.

Even though it’s more than obvious that this isn’t the final interior (notice the way the switches are taped to the passenger side of the center stack), this is proof that Aston Martin is getting plenty of electronics from its new partner in Stuttgart. I wouldn’t be surprised if the deal included a Comand infotainment system as well, but if it does, it would be specifically tuned to meet the needs of an Aston Martin.

Until further details surface one way or another, all we know is the DB9’s successor will get both V-8 and V-12 powerplants, with some rumors claiming Gaydon will turbocharge the V-12 as well in order to reduce the brand’s carbon footprint. As previously mentioned, the DB11 will also ride on a new platform and feature new styling, likely based on that of the 2015 Aston Martin DB10 movie car built for the upcoming James Bond "Spectre" film.

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2017 Aston Martin DB11 Caught Testing At Nurburgring: Video

2017 Aston Martin DB11 Caught Testing At Nurburgring: Video

Aston Martin is still about a year or so away from replacing the aged DB9 with an all-new high-powered grand tourer that will likely be named the DB11, but we’ve been seeing a lot of this car testing around the Nürburgring recently wearing various states of camouflage. While these spy shots have given us a good idea about the size and shape of the 2017 Aston Martin DB11, it’s only now that we’re getting to hear the car in action thanks to a video showing the car being driven hard around The ‘Ring.

This prototype is actually wearing more camouflage than the last time the car was seen testing in Germany, but there’s no hiding that amazing exhaust note. It still isn’t clear which engine(s) will be used in the DB11, although it sounds like the best bet is Aston Martin’s 5.9-liter V-12 in addition to Mercedes-AMG’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8. The AMG engine could have around 550 horsepower, while the in-house V-12 engine will likely be closer to the 650 horsepower mark.

Regardless of which it engine it gets, the DB11 will have an exciting exhaust note at full acceleration, and accelerate this car will do well. Caught in action, it’s clear that the DB11 is having no trouble making its way around the track, which bodes well for enthusiasts of the British sportscar maker.

Expect to see the 2017 Aston Martin DB11 next year at either the Geneva or Paris Motor Show.

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Aston Martin DB11 Looks Even Better In Black: Spy Shots

Aston Martin DB11 Looks Even Better In Black: Spy Shots

With a healthy injection of cash, Aston Martin is working at a feverish pace to update its lineup. A new crossover has already been confirmed, but the next new model we’re likely to see from the British automaker is the 2017 Aston Martin DB11 – a high-performance grand touring coupe to replace the long-in-the-tooth DB9. Based on our latest batch of spy shots, the car is coming along quite well.

Excluding the doors and the roof panel, this particular DB11 prototype is still heavily cladded to obscure the final styling of the car, but it isn’t wearing the swirly camouflage or the wheel covers that we saw about a month ago. One interesting part of the camouflage is that it has been applied to the outer edges of the roof, from the A-pillar back to the C-pillar, which could suggest that Aston Martin might be looking to do some sort of contrasting aluminum treatment similar to what was shown on the DBX Concept. While we’ll have to wait to see what the DB11 really looks like, the good news is that this now the third time since late March that the DB11 has been spotted testing on the Nürburgring.

All that track time is necessary to get the Mercedes AMG-sourced engines tuned for the ultra-lux brand. In all likelihood, the 2017 Aston Martin DB11 will be available with the Mercedes twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 and the 6.0-liter V-12, which could produce about 550 horsepower and 650 horsepower, respectively. We can’t wait to get video of the DB11 being tested to see what these AMGs sound like in the DB11, but until then, check out the latest spy shots to see how James Bond’s next car is progressing.

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Aston Martin DB9 Successor Testing At Nurburgring: Spy Shots

Aston Martin DB9 Successor Testing At Nurburgring: Spy Shots

It’s been a full month since the successor to the Aston Martin DB9 was spotted testing at the Nurburgring, and two weeks since it made its first public appearance with new bodywork, and the upcoming grand tourer surfaced yet again. Is it just me, or is the next DB9 — likely to be named the DB11 — coming out to play once every two weeks? Coincidence or not, what’s important here is that the Brits are busy working on the new GT, more so since the model depicted above and below will introduce Aston Martin’s new platform and the AMG-sourced, 4.0-liter V-8.

According to our trusty paparazzi, who also sent a batch of photos our way, the DB9 successor returned for another testing session at the Nurburgring. Still wearing the prototype shell we first saw earlier in April, but now wrapped in black-and-blue camouflage, the coupe remains a mystery from a design standpoint, as the front grille, the tailpipes, and the wheels are the only details left in the open. Yes, there isn’t much to talk about besides what we already know. Namely that the DB9 will be restyled into a sleeker grand tourer with cues borrowed from the DB10 James Bond movie car.

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Aston Martin DB9 Successor Spotted With New Bodywork: Spy Shots

Aston Martin DB9 Successor Spotted With New Bodywork: Spy Shots

It’s been just two weeks since the successor to the current Aston Martin DB9, was spotted carving the Nurburgring, and the Brits already started testing a new mule of their upcoming grand tourer. It wouldn’t be a big deal if the prototype was wearing the old DB9 body in the process, but this new mule gives us our first look at the new car’s design. There’s no word as to what badge the new car would wear, but it could be named DB11 since Aston Martin already trademarked the name and since the DB10 moniker is already used by the one-off car created for the James Bond "Spectre" movie.

Expect the coupe to break cover sometime in 2016 for the 2017 model year, as the first Aston Martin built on the company’s new platform. The DB9, and all the other Aston Martins currently in production for that matter, including the DB10, use the VH (Vertical/Horizontal) architecture introduced all the way back in 2001. New engines are also on the table, so make sure you keep reading to find out more about the upcoming grand tourer.

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