The Cheaper Mercedes V8-powered Aston Martin DB11 has been unveiled, and with less weight up front it's said to be the more dynamic option.
Aston Martin has revealed the new V8-powered DB11, which will be powered by a 503bhp, twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre engine – sourced from Mercedes-Benz. It will join the full-fat 5.2-litre V12 model when it goes on sale later this year, priced from £144,900.
Although Aston Martin
has been making use of Mercedes architecture and electronic systems since the very beginning of DB11 production, this will be the first model to make use of AMG engines. Aston Martin says that it has calibrated the 503bhp and 497lb ft engine to feel and sound like and Aston should, while the installation has required a lot of re-engineering.
To make the V8 work in the DB11, Aston Martin engineers have fitted their own intake and exhaust systems. More importantly, new engine mounts and a bespoke oil system has allowed engineers to mount the engine lower in the car for better weight distribution. It is connected to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.
The smaller, and lighter engine adds up to a weight reduction of 115kg over the V12, which Aston says will help buyers to ‘explore the more dynamic side of the DB11’s character‘. The whole chassis set-up has been re-worked with new geometry, anti-roll bars, springs and damper settings, as well as revised ESP software.
Acceleration is close to the V12, managing 0-62mph just in 4.0sec (compared to 3.9sec), while top speed has suffered slightly at 189mph – a way off off the V12’s official 200mph top speed. Thanks to the smaller engine capacity, the V8 model is expected to become a popular choice in China which heavily taxes cars based on size. CO2 emissions are quoted at 230g/km, with an official fuel economy figure of 28.5mpg.
Externally, there are a few tweaks to tell the new model apart. The dark headlight bezels give the front a mildly different appearance, with a pair of bonnet vents – in black or titanium-finish mesh – replacing the four vents of the V12.
Equipment levels are the same for the basic V8 and V12 models, with the same colour and trim options available for both. The V8 will also be available with the same ‘Q by Aston Martin’ option packages.
On sale now, the V8 DB11 starts from £144,900 in the UK – which compares to the £157,900 asking price of the V12 model. Deliveries of the first cars are expected towards the end of 2017, with the car set to make a dynamic debut at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed.