Following its debut last year, Aston Martin has updated the DB11 with a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine. The 4.0l V8 engine produces 503 bhp and 675Nm of torque, with a 0 – 100km/h sprint in 4.0 seconds and a top speed of 300km/h (187mph). The new V8-powered DB11 will make its dynamic debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, this weekend.

Although more potent than ever, the DB11 offers a combined fuel consumption of only 15.9l/100km (28.5mpg) and CO2 emissions of 230g/km. The inherent qualities of this light, compact and characterful power unit make it the ideal choice to sit alongside the existing V12 engine.

Aston Martin has tailored the V8 engine perfectly for its application in the DB11 with bespoke air intake, exhaust and wet sump lubrication systems. Electronic calibration of the V8 engine has included creating new ECU software and reprogramming the engine and throttle mapping to ensure it possesses the all-important feel and sound for which Aston Martins are renowned.

In addition, the DB11 takes up new engine mounts which together with the bespoke, slimline wet sump system that enables the V8 to be mounted as low as possible for an optimized center-of-gravity. The V8 engine is also lighter and more compact than the V12, which contributes to a saving of 115kg and a kerbweight of 1760kg.

With more of that mass centered within the wheelbase, the V8-engined DB11 has an increased sense of agility, a quality that has been fully exploited with detailed revisions to the suspension bushing, geometry, anti-roll bars, springs, dampers and ESP software. By carefully crafting its dynamic character to be distinct from that of the V12, the V8 appeals to those customers drawn to a refined and comfortable GT with a more sporting bias.

There are subtle visual differences between the two variants that include a unique alloy wheel finish, dark headlight bezels and a pair of bonnet vents instead of the quartet featured on the V12. These vents come in a choice of black or titanium-finish mesh, again different from that fitted to the twelve-cylinder variant.

Inside, both V8 and V12 customers have the same standard equipment levels and the same extensive choice of color and trim options. They can also elect to enhance the specification of their car via the same Option Packs and Designer Specification packages, plus a suite of Q by Aston Martin Collection options.

The V8-powered DB11 is on sale now with a recommended retail price from 184,000 Euros and USD 198,995. Deliveries will commence in the fourth quarter.