Aston Martin DB11 Review 2022

Perception

What is?

It’s a new Aston Martin. Not really. The DB11 ushered in a whole new chapter for the company with a new, stiffer bonded aluminum chassis, slightly larger dimensions compared to the DB9, and new engines. Not just one, but two.

The DB11 was launched in 2016 with a new 5.2-litre V12 twin-turbo engine, joined a year later by an AMG-sourced 4.0-litre V8 twin-turbo. Both drive the rear wheels through an eight-speed paddle-shift automatic gearbox.

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There’s clean styling (there are hints of the old DB9s, but the overall look is very fresh) and new electronic architecture provided by Mercedes. And it kicks off an exciting new phase in Aston’s history with all manner of hypercars, mid-engined supercars, crossovers and electrified Lagonda on the horizon, not to mention a return to the top level of Le Mans.

But Aston hasn’t forgotten its front-engined GT roots, which is why the DB11 and Vantage remain the foundation of its ever-growing range. The DB11 was launched as a coupé, but is now also offered as a Volante soft top. None feel as good as some rivals at the same £150,000 milestone – Audi R8, Porsche 911, McLaren 570 – but the DB11 straddles the floor between performance cars like these and Bentley’s lightly damped GTs. and Merc.

However, Aston has injected a little more muscle since 2016; the V12 car was originally launched with slightly reserved praise and the improvements introduced for the V8 model have since been applied to the larger engined version, which now bears AMR (Aston Martin Racing) badges. Don’t think it’s a stripped-down rival to the 911 GT3; those badges are a bit misleading because it’s still a continent-crossing GT, just with firmer, more satisfying responses if it ever decides to push its chassis closer to its limits.

In fact, it’s still upholstered in finely stitched leather inside, it still has rear seats, and it still feels more in its comfort zone when you relax, how the V12 whispers ominously in the background. You want to go to? Aston then also offers the DBS Superleggera, a supercar based largely on DB11 that manages to be a lot more lively.

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Our choice of the range.

Aston Martin DB11 silver front
Aston-Martin
V8 2-door Touchtronic Automatic
£147,900

What’s the verdict?

It’s not perfect, but the beautiful DB11 straddles the sports car and GT worlds in a profoundly elegant way.

The best car Aston has made in years? Until DBS Wild and Wonderful wins our hearts, almost certainly. The choice of V8 and V12 options, each with its own distinctive character, means this is a good all-rounder, more so than the DB9 it replaces. Our inclination would be to go for the more hooligan sports car charm of the V8, as it can still play the role of the GT if it wants to.

But there is also something compelling about the V12, an irresistible luxury that only an oversized and overpowered engine can offer. You really can’t make a wrong choice, but the cheaper price of the V8 will always give you more leeway for options in the configurator.

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