Aston Martin DB11

Speed and luxury in excess wrapped in a head-turning body

7/10
wowscore
This score is awarded by our team of expert reviewers after extensive testing of the car
  • Looks
  • Performance
  • handling
  • Much-spreading aerodynamics
  • High running costs
  • Tyre roar at speed

£149,715 - £164,025 Price range

4 Seats

24 - 28 MPG

Review

Aston’s first all-new GT car since the DB9 has been 13 years in the making and boasts a new twin-turbocharged 5.2-litre engine, jaw-dropping styling and a completely redesigned interior. Sounds promising but is it enough to beat the likes of the Ferrari GTC 4 Lusso T, the Mercedes-AMG S 63 Coupe and Bentley Continental GT?  

Well, the styling is typical Aston Martin, handsome and muscular it features plenty of AM trademarks such as the haunched rear wheel arches and the long, flowing bonnet. Less familiar is the extensive use of aerodynamics, which brings massive ducts to the front wheel arches – ideal for spraying mud down the car’s flanks – and vents in the C-pillars which suck up air before firing it out of the top of the boot to reduce lift.

While the bonnet’s aerodynamics are clever, it’s what’s lurking underneath that’ll get most people weak at the knees. The DB11 is powered by Aston’s own 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged V12, making it the quickest DB car ever with 0-62mph taking just 3.9 seconds on the way to a top speed of 200mph.

Despite this monstrous power the drive is designed for comfort as much as speed – so the DB11 feels agile, but not bone-jarring, even the adjustable dampers’ firmest settings. The eight-speed automatic gearbox shifts through the gears smoothly and the huge V12 can turn six cylinders off (when they are not needed) to save fuel.

The new interior also makes the DB11 more liveable. Completely redesigned from the DB9, the DB11’s cabin is less cocooned than in the old car, and the slightly square steering wheel may take some getting used too. The centre console looks clean and modern if not as special as previous Astons. As you would expect, there are lashings of opulent leather, stunning wood inlays and a huge choice of customisable colour schemes right down to the weave of the seat belts.

If only Aston Martin’s collaboration with Mercedes was a little less obvious. Instead, the infotainment screen and switchgear’s S-Class origins are a little too obvious for our liking.

Also leaving us wanting are the “back seats”, which are only useful for additional storage or for children on short journeys.

The DB11 all in all is a 21st century Aston; a gorgeous GT cruiser capable of being used every day, and one that is on sale now from £154,900.