This broadens the DB11 range to a whopping two variants, both pushing over 500 hp. The first engine to come with the DB11 is a 5.2-litre V12 that’s developed in-house, turbocharged to belt 600 hp and 700 Nm of torque. The AMG-built V8 (wet sump) makes 503 hp at 6,000 rpm and 675 Nm of torque from 2,000 to 5,000 rpm and it is also twin-turbocharged (single scroll turbos).
At Aston Martin, things aren’t as simple as plug and play, no. The engineers developed a brand new air intake, exhaust and wet sump lubrication system to complement the DB11’s driving characteristics. In place is a new ECU unit with reprogrammed engine and throttle mapping to produce the all-important feel and sound of Aston Martin cars. Since it is four cylinders down, weight correspondingly drops by 115kg. The DB11 V8 tips the scales at 1,760kg (49% front, 51% rear).
Aston Martin says, “The new V8 derivative brings further significant benefits in markets where car taxation policy is structured around engine capacity, such as China.” Yeah, Malaysia too, don’t forget.
One can also visually tell apart the V8 and V12 variants. The former gets new 20-inch 10-spoke alloys, dark-tinted headlamps and dual hood vents (the V12 has four) that can be finished in black or titanium mesh.
Back at home, Wearnes is asking from about RM2 million for the DB11 V12, but we have every reason to believe that the V8 will soon find its way here. So stay tuned!