Aston Martin is celebrating a victory in the prestigious Car Design Award, presented at the Salone Dell Auto Torino, Italy. The DB11 was named Production Car of the year by a jury of experts from ten international automotive magazines. The jury stated: “The design team has further evolved Aston Martin’s historical design cues and proportions, an elongated bonnet, aluminium roof and muscular rear fenders, a more daring interpretation. Flowing in an unbroken arc from A-pillar to C-pillar, the dramatic new roof strake adds a new flavor of modernity to the DB11.”
The first model launched under the company’s ‘Second Century’ plan, DB11 showcases a fresh and distinctive design language, pioneering aerodynamics and is powered by a potent new in-house designed 5.2-liter twin-turbocharged V12 engine. Heralding a new design era for Aston Martin, DB11 is the latest landmark in a remarkable aesthetic journey; one that gave us icons such as the DB2/4, DB5 and, most recently, the DB10 developed specifically for James Bond. DB11 re-imagines the relationship between form and function with a series of fresh design signatures.
Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman said, “We are delighted that the new DB11 has been awarded this prestigious award so soon after its launch, this is testament to the brand values and design philosophy of Aston Martin. Every millimeter of DB11 has been re-imagined from the ground up, and every part of DB11 is designed to create the world’s most alluring DB to date.”
At a glance, the front takes up the familiar clamshell bonnet, distinctive LED headlights and accentuated lines of the iconic Aston Martin grille. The profile is equally dramatic, thanks to the roof strakes that flow uninterrupted from A-pillar to C-pillar. The clean lines continue at the rear, with a sloping decklid that smoothly blends into boldly sculpted tail-lights to create a new and unmistakable graphic.
Innovative aerodynamics play their part in this aesthetic revolution with clever management of airflow both over and through the bodywork aiding stability while preserving the DB11’s uncluttered surfaces. Front-end lift is reduced by the gill-like Curlicue which releases high-pressure air from inside the wheel arch via a concealed vent within the redesigned side-strake. Meanwhile, rear-end lift is reduced by the Aston Martin Aero Blade; a virtual spoiler fed by discreet air intakes located at the base of each C-pillar. Air is ducted through the bodywork, before venting as a jet of air from the aperture in the rear decklid.
Like every Aston Martin, the heart of the DB11 is found beneath the bonnet, though unlike any Aston Martin before it, the DB11’s heart is a 5.2-liter twin-turbocharged V12. Designed in-house this new engine develops 608PS (600 bhp) and 700 Nm of torque, making DB11 the most powerful production DB ever.