Aston Martin, the ultra-luxury British marquee, has announced that the DB11 can now be availed with a 4.0L twin-turbocharged V8 engine. Being globally introduced in 2016, the existing models of Aston Martin DB11 boast of a 5.2L twin turbocharged V12 engine. The V8 model of the DB11 is priced at £144,900 (Around Rs. 1.22 Crores) in the UK, while the deliveries would commence in Quarter 4, 2017. The new V8-powered Aston Martin DB11 will make its global debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, this weekend.
Aston Martin Chief Technical Officer, Max Szwaj, commented: “As an engineer I find the DB11 a fascinating car. One with great depth of character and ability. Of course the V12-engined variant is an icon - an ultimate, if you like, but the V8 is very much its own car. One with a distinct and carefully crafted character that’s truly seductive. It has been hugely rewarding to put our stamp on this new engine - both in the way it sounds and performs - and to use its impressive attributes as the impetus to reveal a little more of the DB11’s sporting character." The V8 engine is also lighter and more compact than the V12, which contributes to a saving of 115kg and a kerbweight of 1760kg.
“To be able to offer not one, but two exceptional GT cars is terrific for Aston Martin and our customers. I’m particularly proud that this car is the first to receive an engine supplied by our technical partner, Mercedes-AMG. Not least because thanks to the nature of our relationship with AMG we have been given complete freedom to tailor this exceptional power unit so that it meets the particular needs and demands of an Aston Martin,” added Szwaj. There are subtle visual differences between the V8 and V12 variants that include a unique alloy wheel finish, dark headlamp bezels and a pair of bonnet vents instead of the quartet featured on the V12. These vents come in a choice of black or titanium-finish mesh, again different from that fitted to the twelve-cylinder variant.
Inside, both V8 and V12 customers have the same standard equipment levels and the same extensive choice of colour and trim options. They can also elect to enhance the specification of their car via the same Option Packs and Designer Specification packages, plus a suite of Q by Aston Martin - Collection options. The 4.0L V8 motor develops maximum power of 503bhp and peak torque of 675Nm, while doing a 0-100kmph sprint in just 4 seconds. It has a top speed of 301kmph, while it returns fuel efficiency of 10.09kmpl. This new V8 derivative brings further significant benefits in markets where car taxation policy is structured around engine capacity, such as China.
Aston Martin President and CEO, Dr Andy Palmer said of the V8-engined DB11: “The DB11 is the most complete and sophisticated car Aston Martin has ever made. Now, with this new V8 engine option we have broadened its appeal by offering a car that will bring the DB11 to more customers around the world while still blessed with the exceptional performance and memorable character that sets Aston Martin apart from its rivals. Having driven the car during its development phase, it is not just the engine that has changed the character of the car, but also the resulting dynamic changes to create a remarkable GT car with its own distinct personality from the V12.” The V8-powered Aston Martin DB11 might also be launched in the Indian market as the V12 model is already on sale in the country.