Come on feel the noise
Posted: 21 May 2010
Take the engine. Yes, it's based on the 6.0-litre V12 from the DB9, but revised to the point of unrecognisability: new cylinder heads, a bigger bore, new pistons and a new crank shaft means it's fully 60kg - almost 20 per cent - lighter. The original target output was 700bhp, but Porritt is confident that it'll put out nearer 750bhp - and well over 500lb ft of torque - in final production guise. Impressive numbers for a naturally aspirated engine, and good for a 0-60mph time of around 3.5 seconds: genuine hypercar pace, but not - to make the inevitable comparison - in quite the same league as the similarly priced Bugatti Veyron.
"We're not trying to make a Veyron competitor," sighs Porritt, in a tone indicating he's heard the comparison a few times before. "Bugatti had to make compromises to achieve the Veyron's speed - aesthetically, for one, and maybe on driver involvement. We're trying to do something different. Something Aston Martin."