Aston Martin has started producing the all-new DB11 at their Gaydon facility, in the UK.
With the first deliveries expected to commence next month, the grand tourer is part of the automaker’s ‘Second Century Plan’, which will see the launch of six other new models over the next seven years.
Present at the ceremony and keeping his promise to personally inspect the first 1,000 cars, Aston Martin’s CEO, Andy Palmer, said: “It’s an exciting moment for the entire company when the first car of a new model goes into production. The DB11 is a special car and it heralds the start of a new and exciting era for Aston Martin.“
The British-based manufacturer has already received 3,000 orders for the new DB11, ever since it was launched earlier this year, during the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The sports car serves as a replacement for the aging DB9, which has been waved goodbye in July, and comes with a modern design and a new lighter and stronger aluminum structure.
Aston Martin’s DB11 family will expand over the next one or so years, with the addition of the Volante variant. The convertible was previewed as a prototype already and it will make use of a folding soft-top. Power will come from the same 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12 engine as the one found on the coupe, but it could also adopt the Mercedes-AMG-developed twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 as well in the near future, playing the role of the entry-level version.