Auto123 updates test drive the charismatic 2020 Aston Martin DB11.
The DB11 follows the illustrious tradition of the models that have made the brand famous since James Bond rolled a DB5 to the big screen. It’s hands down one of the nicest cars on our roads right now.
You have the choice of a mechanical V8 or V12 in its AMR version. The DB11 is also the best representation of what a GT car is. It’s not a pure sports car that runs on adrenaline, and it also offers a surprising dose of comfort with a large reserve of power. Its driving is therefore fraught with frustration, as it is impossible to simply begin to exploit the potential of this vehicle on our roads.
Longer, wider and better seated than the Vantage, the DB11 offers that poise typical of GT models and plenty of room in the front seats. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the small rear seats which will be more useful for extra luggage or very young children.
To keep the lines clean without using unsightly appendages, Aston Martin has used a few interesting tricks. Air circulates along the body profile to first cool the brakes and then pass through the rear and out through the trunk for higher speed ground effect. This method avoids the use of a fin which too often breaks the harmony of a beautiful design.
Tradition and modernism inside
Facing the driver, the speedometers are digital, but retain an analog style in the presentation with single display, no different menu possibilities like the Mercedes offer, for example. So you have three circles with the tachometer in the center, and we don't talk about it anymore.
The steering wheel is dressed in a few functions such as the S button which offers the GT (or comfort) Sport and Sport + driving modes. The large paddles on the steering wheel automatically slide you into manual mode with a single touch, and you return to automatic mode by holding the right paddle for three seconds or pressing the D button in the center console.
As mentioned, the back seats are only suitable for small children, or your enemies. The front seats, on the other hand, are roomy and even tall people will be comfortable.
A V8 with character
The original AMG V8 in our test model makes its presence felt the moment you switch on the ignition. A deep and cavernous sound which is also modulated according to the driving mode. In GT mode, the engine keeps a fairly quiet purr. The cat turns into a tiger as soon as you switch to Sport or Sport + mode with a backfire of sounds that resemble fireworks decelerating. With its 503 horsepower, you are never short of power and there is always the 630 horsepower of the V12 for those who absolutely want more. You can also listen to the sound of the open-top engine in the convertible version.
This is all well and good, but the fact remains that on our roads with low speed limits it is impossible to test the potential of the DB11. What we did see, however, reveals a handling precision that is not as sharp as the German models. There is no such surgical precision in the steering and the suspension at higher revs tends to skip a bit. Like any good GT, its playground is a long strip of highways, not the road circuit. However, at less than 120 km / h, you will never have to complain about its behavior let alone its temper.
Who is a DB11 for?
Aston Martin offers you a different driving experience. David Brown, who bought Aston Martin and Lagonda in 1947, bequeathed his DB initials to the cars of the brand which today has them in the DB11. There's that very British coolness behind the wheel that puts comfort forward. Fans of precision will prefer a Porsche 911. Fans of flashy will go for a Lamborghini. Aston Martin exudes class, good taste. The yellow of our test car may be a bit too much, but this DB11 doesn't lose any of its unique style. Either way, if you're willing to put $ 250,000 on a car, you won't be criticized for liking yellow.
Expressive and powerful motor
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Less sporty at high revs
2020 Aston Martin DB11 pictures