Aston Martin Kuala Lumpur recently welcomed the DB12 into the country, marking a new era for the marque as the first of its next-generation models. The Aston Martin DB12 is priced from RM1,088,000 before taxes, duties, options, and customisations.
Have a look on Aston Martin’s website, and you’ll see the term “super tourer” plastered everywhere. That’s because even though it still has the same 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine underneath its long bonnet, the AMG-sourced engine has been uprated to produce 34% more power than before, now making 680 hp and 800 Nm.
Power is sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox and a new electronically-controlled limited slip differential, for a century sprint of under 3.6 seconds, onward to a top speed of 325 km/h. But aside from pure grunt, Aston Martin engineers have also significantly upgraded the DB12’s driveability, tweaking its chassis, steering, adaptive dampers, and even brakes, for increased feedback to the driver.
As for looks, the DB12 retains the iconic silhouette of the Aston Martin grand tourers, but significantly modernised with a 56% larger grille, new LED headlights, and larger wheels. The latter now measuring 21-inches in diameter as standard, and even though it’s now larger, it’s also up to 8 kg lighter in total than before.
Wrapped around the new computer-designed alloys are the world’s first OEM fitment of the Michelin Pilot Sport 5 S tyres, with a compound developed in conjunction with Aston Martin for “unparalleled lateral grip”, hence the ‘AML’ acronym denoted on the tyre wall.
Inside, the Aston Martin DB12 represents a significant step change in terms of dashboard design, with a new layout dominated by straight and clean lines. Sitting atop the raised centre console is a new 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment display running on AM’s own in-house-developed operating system, and it’s paired to a new digital instrument cluster behind the new (and more regular-looking) steering wheel.
For more information on the all-new Aston Martin DB12, be sure to check out our detailed launch coverage here.