Aston Martin’s DB11 lineup is being simplified in order to make Room for an electric Versionby Dim Angelov, on LISTEN 03:29
Aston Martin is aiming for electrification in the foreseeable future and the planned changes for the Aston Martin DB11 aim to simplify the model lineup and make room for the electric version for the car. The DB11 was introduced in 2016 and, for two years, was produced alongside the V-12 Vanquish, before completely taking over as the brand’s flagship model. Now, the DB11 will have a more simplified lineup, to accommodate the eventual arrival of the gran tourer’s EV version.
More power from the AMG V-8
The base DB11 is offered with the AMG 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 unit. This particular version of the car proved to be quite successful and is now getting a bit of extra oompf. The revised DB11 V-8 will now extract 528 horsepower (394 kilowatts) – 25 more than before - from the German powerplant. This results in a 192-mph (308 km/h) top speed. In addition, the V-8 model can now be ordered with Sport Plus seats.
The V-12 will stick around too
Aston Martin’s in-house built 5.2-liter twin-turbo V-12 replaced the brand’s ancient V-12, which served for decades. The AMR nameplate, however, is going away. Luckily, the V-12’s 630-horsepower (470 kilowatts) power output remains and so does the 208 mph (335 km/h) top speed.
The DBS follows a similar fate, as it drops the Superleggera moniker while keeping the same 715-horsepower (533 kilowatts) power output from the twin-turbo V-12. The top speed also remains 211 mph (340 km/h). The DBS also gets new 21-inch wheel options.
New design “environments”
Through a new configurator, buyers can choose from three preset “environments” – Inspire, Accelerate, or Create. The first “environment” – “Inspire” - has an emphasis on luxury, enhanced by perforated semi-aniline leather, contrast stitching, and 38 possible color combinations.
As the name suggests, “Accelerates” is a sportier theme, featuring a blend of leather and Alcantara. Up to 10 color combinations are possible here.
“Create” aims to give a “unique perspective”. This could mean plenty of personalization options, with 10 color combinations available.
You’ll be able to order the revised DB11 and DBS in 2022. The new options are already on the configurator if you’re interested in seeing how they look. Official pricing has not yet been announced, but we don’t expect any major changes there.
Of course, we are all curious about the DB11’s electrification and what it would mean for the internal combustion-powered versions when it finally arrives. We suspect, the twin-turbo V-12’s days could be numbered, while the V-8 could live on in hybrid form, similar to what Mercedes did with the AMG GT Four-door. Only time will tell how much of our predictions will come to fruition.