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The Top Gear car review:Aston Martin DB11

Overall verdict
A sparkling start to a future portfolio of very exciting Astons


Huge leap forwards in every way: a very accomplished machine indeed


V12 lacks aural depth of its predecessor, not exactly practical


What is it?

An all-new Aston Martin. No, really. It’s the start of a whole new chapter for the company with a new, stiffer bonded aluminium chassis, mildly inflated dimensions over the DB9, and new engines. Not just one, but two.

The DB11 launched in 2016 with a new 600bhp twin-turbo 5.2-litre V12 engine, while it’s been joined in 2017 by an AMG-sourced 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 with 503bhp. Both drive the rear wheels through an eight-speed paddleshift automatic gearbox.

There’s clean-sheet styling - there are cues from DB9s of old, but the look is very fresh - and a new electronic architecture supplied by Mercedes. And it kicks off an exciting new phase in the Aston story: seven cars in the next seven years – including a new Vantage, Vanquish, DBX crossover, multiple Lagonda saloons and Valkyrie hypercar – plus, according to the sums, a return to profitability.

The DB11 launches as a coupe but will be offered as a Volante soft-top before too long. Neither will be as scalpel-sharp as some rivals at the same £150k ballpark - Audi R8s, Porsche 911s, McLaren 570s - but the DB11 straddles the ground between performance cars like those and softly damped GTs from Bentley and Merc.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
V12 AMR 2dr Touchtronic Auto
3.7s 265g/km 24.8 630 £174,995
The cheapest
V8 2dr Touchtronic Auto
4.0s 230g/km 28.5 503 £147,900
The greenest
V8 2dr Touchtronic Auto
4.0s 230g/km 28.5 503 £147,900
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