Aston Martin launches DB9 successor
04/03/16 16:15 Filed in: News
If you have been to see the Bond film Spectre
, you may believe that you have seen the new Aston Martin already. But, the reality is that the Aston Martin DB10 in the film was not the real successor to the long-lived DB9. That successor has just been launched at the Geneva Motor Show and it is the DB11.
Yes, the DB10 was exclusively produced just for the new Bond film. What the film car did was to give us a glimpse of the new look that is set to influence Aston Martins from now on.
But the DB11 is not just about a new design language for Aston Martin, it is radically different from its most fundamental component.
Based on a new bonded aluminium structure – which Aston Martin says is lighter, stronger and more space efficient than before – the DB11 is powered by a new 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine that has been designed by the company.
Among the new Aston Martin design signatures on the DB11 are the front-hinged ‘clamshell’ bonnet, the LED light design and the latest take on the traditional Aston Martin grille shape. Aston Martin is particularly proud of the profile which features roof strakes that flow from the from ‘A’ pillars through to the ‘C’ pillars at the rear.
The company is equally proud of the aerodynamics. Front end lift is reduced by releasing high pressure air from inside the wheel arch through a concealed vent in the side strake. At the back, Aston Martin has created what they call a virtual spoiler, with air coming from discrete air intakes at the base of the ‘C’ pillars and being vented through the rear deck.
But, with Aston Martin, it is all about performance and with 600 bhp the DB11 has a top speed of 200 mph with a 0-62 mph time of just 3.9 seconds.
First deliveries for the new Aston Martin DB11 are scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2016 at £154,900.