It’s an all-new Aston Martin. No, really. The DB11 marked 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 twin-turbo 5.2-litre V12 engine, which was joined a year later by an AMG-sourced 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8. 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 overall look is very fresh – and a new electronic architecture supplied by Mercedes. And it kicks off an exciting new phase in the Aston story with all manner of hypercars, mid-engined supercars, crossovers, and electrified Lagondas on the horizon, not to mention a return to the top tier of Le Mans.
But Aston’s not forgotten its front-engined GT roots, and so the DB11 and Vantage remain at the base of its ever-increasing range. The DB11 launched as a coupe but is now also offered as a Volante soft-top. Neither feel 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.