Aston Martin has huge plans moving forward, and they are starting out by introducing one brand new model every year for the next seven years. The first of the seven is a grand tourer, the Aston Martin DB11.
Wearnes, Aston Martin’s official Malaysian distributor, has just pulled the covers of the DB11 at their new showroom in the Ground Floor of Etiqa Twins, Jalan Pinang, KL. The state-of-the-art facility houses a showroom, Q by Aston Martin Personalisation and private customer lounges.
|Name||Aston Martin DB11|
|Engine||5,204cc; Twin-turbo V12|
|Transmission||8-speed ZF automatic|
|Max Power||599 hp @ 6,500 rpm|
|Max Torque||700 Nm @ 1,500 – 5,000 rpm|
|0-100 km/h; Top Speed||3.9 seconds; 322 km/h|
|Price (After Tax)||TBC|
The DB11, popularly referred to as the James Bond car, is a replacement of the DB9 that has been in service for a good 13 years. However, this evolution of a classic masterpiece is not to be confused with the DB10 that appeared in the film Spectre. The DB11 is essentially the production version of the DB10 concept car.
In the pursuit of an elegant design and maintaining top notch performance, Aston Martin revised the body panels and incorporated clever designs that provide proper visual and aerodynamic effects.
The front bumper that houses the LED headlamps features grilles and mesh designs that channel high pressure air out from the front wheel arches to reduce front-end lift. At the rear, in place of a large rear wing that compromises the DB’s uninterrupted design flow, is an Aston Martin AeroBlade. This AeroBlade is a combination of discrete functional designs that come together to channel airflow to an opening at the rear boot lid, thereby providing downforce.
As standard, the DB11 gets dual exhaust pipes and rides on 20-inch 10-spoke alloys wrapped with Bridgestone S007 tyres (255/40 sections at the front and 295/35 sections at the rear).
However, Wearnes also offers Q by Aston Martin Personalisation Programme, where customers can customise everything from exterior colour to interior stitching and materials, all to their liking.
As expected of Aston Martin, the DB11 is exceptionally exquisite. Premium materials are used at every exposed panel and trim. Several notable features inside the DB11 include an 8-inch infotainment system with rotary dial, centre mounted gear selector buttons, crystal-finish push start button and a leather wrapped multifunctional steering wheel with paddle shifters.
AM also enhanced the GT capabilities of the DB11 by making some little tweaks that bring improved convenience. For example, the doors swing upwards ever so slightly (this solve the dreaded problem of hitting road kerbs), a boot space of 270 litres (that’s more than a Mazda2 Hatchback) and fully integrated ISOFIX mounting points for the rear seats.
Powering the 1,700kg DB11 is a 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 mated to an eight-speed ZF-sourced automatic transmission to produce a total of 599 hp and 700 Nm of torque. Power is sent exclusively to the rear wheels. As such, the 0-100 km/h sprint is done in 3.9 seconds and tops out at 322 km/h. This makes the DB11 the most powerful production DB model in the history of Aston Martin.
The GT car boasts a 51:49 front to rear weight distribution, allowing for an engaging driving experience. Drivers also get to alternate the damper settings to three different modes – GT, Sport and Sport+ to suit any driving conditions.
The asking price of the DB11 has yet to be finalised but Wearnes expressed that it will be in excess of RM2 million inclusive of GST and taxes. However, with more than 3,000 global orders since its launch, the current waiting list for DB11’s stretches well into 2017.
At Aston Martin Kuala Lumpur, customers can personalise each car to their heart’s content at the Q by Aston Martin Personalisation Programme. Wearnes also provides full after sales service to existing and new Aston Martin owners at their temporary service centre at Sungai Buloh. A dedicated Aston Martin Service Centre will be launched sometime soon.