TOUR de force - The Aston Martin DB11Shmee heads to Aston Martin’s HQ to try out the DB11
The range of Aston Martins has grown in recent years, but the image of the marque is still tied to its grand tourers, so the DB11 is a crucial car for the firm. Unsurprisingly, the design is beautiful, but it’s what you can’t see that matters. The new 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 gives 600hp and 700Nm of torque; it hits 100kph in 3.9s, with a top speed of 320kph.
There’s little delay in the turbos. It’s set up to be as close to naturally aspirated as possible. It sounds and feels brilliant.
In the cabin, the new team-up with Mercedes is evident. Hyper-critical types could argue it’s behind the cutting edge, but full digital displays and the very usable sat-nav are a big upgrade on the previous generation. Ergonomically, it’s top notch. A wonderful car for touring.
More info: astonmartin.com