Aston Martin has commenced production of the highly anticipated DB11, the first core car launched under the luxury carmaker’s six year ‘Second Century Plan’. With the first DB11 coming off the Gaydon production line, first deliveries to customers will take place during October.
Aston Martin President and CEO, Dr Andy Palmer, who will personally assure the quality by inspecting the first 1,000 cars, 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 new DB11 is the first in a line of seven new models to be launched over the next seven years, in line with the company’s ‘Second Century Plan’, which takes the 103-year-old company into its next century of operation. The DB11 is the latest model from the illustrious ‘DB’ bloodline for which Aston Martin is so famous.
The Aston Martin DB11 has received rave reviews since its launch at the Geneva Motor Show in March. To date, over 3,000 orders for the new DB11 have been received and they will all be hand-built at the company’s sports car production plant and headquarters, in Gaydon, Warwickshire. Earlier this year, Aston Martin announced the company’s second UK manufacturing facility will open in St Athan in Wales where the new crossover will be built.
Aston Martin DB11
Built upon a new lighter, stronger, and more space efficient bonded aluminium structure, Aston Martin DB11 is the most powerful, most efficient and most dynamically gifted DB model in the Luxury marque’s history; since the DB9 in 2003.
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. Naturally, it’s the most dynamic and most accelerative too, with a top speed of 321 km/h (200 mph) and a 0- 100 km/h time of just 3.9sec1.