New Aston Martin DB11 With AMG V8 Is Actually Better Than The V12

Aston Martin’s move to present a V8 option in the DB11’s range may seem like the usual addition of an entry-level model but there’s nothing entry-level about the way the new DB11 V8 drives.

Ditching the V12 for the AMG-sourced twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 means that the new version of the DB11 is not only lighter by 115kg but also offers a redistributed front-to-rear balance towards the center of the car.

Add the fact that Aston Martin has retuned the DB11’s suspension and steering to make it sharper and more involving and is no wonder why this version makes a better case as a driver’s car as we find out in Autocar’s latest review.

And while on paper the two variations of the DB11 are being separated by almost 100hp, their torque figures are almost identical, with the V8 offering just 18lb-ft less than the V12. Combine this with the V8’s smaller weight and the newcomer offers more torque per tonne, making it feel almost as fast as the big V12 version.

And then there’s the price: in the UK, the new Aston Martin DB11 V8 costs just £13,000 ($17,400) less than the V12, which is a little too close for comfort for a high-performance car of this calibre; however and in other countries like China, which has a stricter tax regime, the DB11 V8 is a whopping £70,000 ($94k in current exchange rates) cheaper than its V12 sibling.

Less is more? It appears so.

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  • Gregory Cassanova

    I think this engine bodes well for the upcoming next gen V8 Vantage

    • benT

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  • Shane

    As much as I like seeing records beaten and big rivalries sometimes it’s not about that. They make cars that are top notch and can perform on the track but it sucks to see them ditch the V12. One less car with a massive motor.

    • Six Thousand Times

      The V-12 is still available.

      • Shane

        Good to know, I guess I read it wrong.

  • Lacedon2

    Still ugle.

    • benT

      ugly pugsly

  • Belthronding Tinuviel

    İf i had a chance to choose brandnew V8 or used V12, i would go for V12.

  • Infinite1

    I like it

  • SteersUright

    Who cares, I can’t get past this cars gaudy looks. I saw one recently in Tampa and it was so tacky and overdone. The prior Astons were an exercise in beautiful auto design.

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