Martin DB11 V8 review

Martin DB11 V8 reviewNow, it’s time to down-size further. This is the new, V8-powered DB11, a British icon with an unapologetically German heart beating beneath that long, low, lovely clamshell hood. Does the AMG-sourced powertrain stunt the character, or does the 250-pound weight savings mean less is more? Let’s find out.

It’s been a full year since we last beheld the DB11 – plenty of time for our initial enchantment to fade. Yet it hasn’t. If anything, we’re more attracted to the car’s bodacious hips, curly-cue side ducts, floating roof, and endless hood.

Mercedes subsidiary AMG used to build its own very special 6.3-litre race-derived engine, but eventually bowed to market pressure and emissions regulations and adopted a production 5.5-litre Mercedes V8 block, and more lately a 4.0-litre unit.

Minor detail grievances aside, Aston Martin has done an excellent job overall with the DB11 V-8. The coupe has been fine-tuned into a more cohesive, focused package with little to no dilution to the model’s impressive GT nature. Sure, the DB11 V-12 is technically quicker, but the DB11 V-8 is the better car 90 percent of the time. While buyers like Bob will always go for the “best” (read: most expensive) version, he doesn’t know what he’s missing by always turning the knob to 11.

Martin DB11 V8 review

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