Aston Martin DB11 Gains An AMG-Sourced Twin-Turbo V8

The worst keep secret in the automotive world is finally official as Aston Martin announced the DB11 will now be offered with an AMG-sourced twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine.

Producing 503 bhp (375 kW) and 695 Nm (513 lb-ft) of torque, the new engine propels the DB11 from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 4.0 seconds and onto a top speed of 187 mph (301 km/h).

To put those numbers into prospective, the car’s optional twin-turbo 5.2-liter V12 engine develops 600 hp (447 kW) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque. Despite the extra power, the performance between the two engines is pretty similar as the V12 model runs from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 3.9 seconds and has a top speed of 200 mph (321 km/h).

Part of the reason for the similar performance figures is the fact that the V8 engine is smaller and lighter than the V12. Aston Martin says the weight difference between the two models is 253 lbs (114 kg) which means the V8 variant has a curb weight of 3,880 lbs (1,860 kg).

As part of the transition from Mercedes to Aston Martin, the twin-turbo V8 engine has been equipped with a bespoke air intake, a new exhaust system, and a wet sump lubrication system. The firm also created new ECU software and reprogrammed the engine and throttle mapping to “ensure it possesses the all-important feel and sound for which Aston Martins are renowned.”

The tweaks don’t stop there as Aston Martin added new engine mounts and made “detailed revisions to the suspension bushing, geometry, anti-roll bars, springs, dampers and ESP software.”

To visually distinguish the two models, designers gave the V8 variant dark headlight bezels, unique alloy wheels, and two hood vents instead of the four found on the V12 version.

The DB11 V8 is currently available to order and U.S. pricing starts at $198,995. Deliveries are slated to occur in the fourth quarter and the car is $17,500 less than the V12 model.

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  • Gustavo Adriano

    I don’t know if anyone noticed, but the place that these pictures were shot is very similar that the one in Siena, at the beginning of the 007 Quatum of Solace movie, despite the yellow License plate in the UK.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Good catch.

    • anonymous

      Why, it’s only fitting for Aston Martin…

      They should be doing shots around Rome too, probably.

    • Astonman

      3 months after watching that movie, I was in Sienna and realized it was shot there. Very cool city!

    • Infinite1

      I was humming the 007 theme song while I was looking at the pictures but I normally do so every time I see an Aston.

  • Six Thousand Times

    I like the blue interior.

    • Matt

      Purple?

      • Six Thousand Times

        I’m seeing blue.

        • fabri99

          I’m seeing white and gold.

      • Bo Hanan

        Purple!

  • SteersUright

    They killed the DB9 and its legacy of beautiful design. This car isnt ugly, but it sure aint beautiful either.

    • Astonman

      I like it pictures but don’t adore it. Got the chance to see it in person and it’s much better looking in person. Still prefer the Vanquish and would like to see them both next to each other.

    • Six Thousand Times

      I dunno, once the shock of the new wore off, I’m really loving it more and more.

    • fabri99

      Exactly. The front-end just looks…eh. The DB9 was beautiful in an effortless way, this DB11 is trying to hard and failing. It isn’t balanced and simple, it’s not clean. The DB9 on the other hand was just perfect, probably the best looking modern car.

    • Gustavo Adriano

      It’s funny how taste it’s different for each person, IMO the DB11 is a fantastic car, much more improved than the previous DB9, mainly it’s front end. But I have to admit that it’s interior is a little tacky, i’m not sure why, but is.

  • Bash

    Beautiful.

  • Marshall Boyce

    My favorite new car design. Oh man that interior WOW

  • Dustin

    Still looks like a caricature.

  • Now more than ever I think this car shouldn’t be called DB11. Should be a DB, this would be the DB8, the V12 would be the DB12. Then they would stick to this naming like the V8 Vantage, and V12 Vantage. Aston Martin just loves to throw around names and use them later on for different uses. The recent virage was just a facelifted DB9, suprise less than a year after it came out, it became the new DB9, Before that the DB7 had a Vantage variante (what was Vantage suppose to mean?). They Only have 4 cars, and they can’t follow themselves.

  • Vassilis

    Lighter than the V12, with an excellent engine, great offering from Aston.

  • Infinite1

    Pretty much the same engine from the AMG GT S and the AMG C Class. I like the DB11, such a beautiful car.

  • Jorge Teixeira

    A Aston powered by Mercedes? What will we see next, a Rolls-Royce with a BMW engine? A Bentley with a VW-designed powertrain? Oh, wait…

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