Martin DB11 V8 First Drive

Martin DB11 V8 First DriveWhen it debuted late in 2016, the DB11 represented a bold new dawn for Aston Martin. It replaced the long-serving DB9 and was the first model to debut the brand’s all-new twin-turbocharged V12. Plus, it bore the first fruits of Aston’s tie-up with Mercedes Benz, with much of the German brand’s electrical architecture finding its way under the striking skin of the DB11.

That’s as much power as the engine used to have in the GT, but Merc has since upgraded that, so the DB11 is pegged down from it a touch. Should help with the politics of giving your bombastic engine to an actual rival.

The good news for Aston Martin is that people with money tend to like to spend money, particularly on whatever has the biggest sounding name with the most power. Thankfully that means we keep the good DB11 V12 and also can have the great DB11 V8.

Dropping a quartet of cylinders has varied effects on the pricey, grand-touring vehicles in Aston’s competitive set. Because of its front-wheel-drive heritage, the outgoing Bentley Continental GT pitches its anchor of an engine out mainly in front of its front axle, so the diminution in mass up there pays large dividends in balance.

Martin DB11 V8 First Drive

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