Under the long hood of the DB11 lurks a newly developed, 5.2-liter V-12. The twin-turbocharged mill cranks out 600 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, a 97-horsepower and 59-pound-feet increase over the DB9’s larger, naturally aspirated 6.0-liter V-12. The new powerplants mates to the already traditional eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox, but with certain modifications to suit the new setup.
With this drivetrain, the DB11 needs 3.9 seconds to charge from 0 to 62 mph, on its way to a top speed of 200 mph. These figures make it 0.7 seconds quicker and 17 mph faster than the DB9.
But that’s not all.
The DB11 is also more dynamic than its predecessor thanks to its new-generation chassis, suspension, steering, and electronics. Multiple driver-selectable modes allow the driver to use GT, Sport or Sport Plus settings, while the new electric power steering and torque vectoring system deliver greater agility.
The enhanced performance is back by improved efficiency. Using intelligent bank activation and stop-start technology, the DB11 is expected to return significantly better mileage, as well as emit less carbon dioxide in the air.
Unlike it’s predecessor, the DB11 will also receive a V-8 engine, but more information on that will be unveiled at a later date. What we do know for a fact is that the V-8 will be borrowed from AMG, based on the same partnership that brought the British firm the platform and electronics for the DB11 and all future sports cars. The unit in question is the biturbo 4.0-liter that debuted in the Mercedes Mercedes -AMG GT and spread to other AMG-badged vehicles. It cranks up to 503 horsepower in the German GT and it is likely to deliver at least 520 horses in the entry-level DB11.
The Aston Martin DB11 will retail from $211,995 in the U.S., approximately a 12-percent increase compared to the DB9, with deliveries set to commence during the fourth quarter of 2016. U.K. pricing is set at £154,900 before options, while German customers will have to pay at least €204,900 to take one home.