2018 Aston Martin DB11 Puts Its V12 Brother to Shame
The new eight-cylinder Aston Martin DB11 is the first implementation of Aston Martin’s agreement with Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, to use the same engine that powers high-performance models in the Mercedes-AMG and Mercedes-Benz families. So with the release of the DB11 V8, the word is meeting the true Aston/Benz offspring. Powered by the twin-turbocharged V8 which is good for 503 hp and 513 lb-ft of torque, the new Aston Martin DB11 goes from a standstill to 60 mph in 4 seconds. Continuing with the markdowns, this baby has a price tag $17,500 less if compared to the V12's sub-$200,000 starting price. Moreover, the car trims about 250 pounds from the DB’s weight bringing it automatically into the sub-two-ton category.
As for the changes done to the exterior, quite a sharp eye will notice the differences. While cars look identical to some with the same muscular design and a flawlessly tailored interior, what distinguishes the new DB11 from its predecessor is the following elements: dark headlamp bezels, the gloss blacked-out grille, new wheel finishes, and two air vents on the long hood replacing the V-12’s four. While the new, V-8 model might have less power as well as a lower top speed, it offers as much character as the V-12 while sharpening the rest of the driving experience. Bottom line: the choice between the two is almost perfectly balanced.