Fans of James Bond movies were quick to spot the Aston Martin DB10 that made its debut in the most recent production Spectre and wondered when the sleek coupes would appear in the showrooms. In fact, the eight cars used in the film were the only ones built, other than two show cars, and you’ll never be able to buy one. What you can get is a DB11, which is Aston Martin’s newest product. It was inspired by the Bond car and I suppose we could regard the DB10 a styling exercise for the new model.
Aston Martin is a unique company among the world’s luxury car makers. Not tied to any of the big global vehicle manufacturers, it nonetheless creates some of the most desirable cars on the planet and continually updates and improves them.
The British manufacturer had humble beginnings, as did so many of its rivals. What became Aston Martin was founded in 1913 and was always involved with sports and racing cars of one kind or another. Numerous competition successes were recorded by the marque over the years, including victory at Le Mans and the World Sports Car Championship. Wealthy business entrepreneur David (later Sir David) Brown bought the company in 1947 and the DB of his initials lives on today in cars like the DB11.
The DB11 follows Aston Martin’s classic 2+2 coupe lines and though it’s totally different from anything that went before, the styling ethic can be tracked back to early DBs of the 1950s and 60s. It’s a sinuous and slippery shape and must be very efficient aerodynamically, which is no bad thing given this car’s performance potential. Power is supplied by a new 5.2-litre V-8 which uses twin turbos to produce an awesome 600-horsepower. Interestingly, this is the first volume production Aston to use turbocharging, so it’s something of a landmark for the automaker. Those six hundred horses create a mightily impressive sports car and it’ll rocket you to 100 km/h in less than four seconds and keep right on going until it reaches a reported top speed of 322 km/h.
For Aston lovers who see this kind of get-up-and-go as a little over the top, there are plans to offer a smaller engine at a later date. As would be expected, the DB11 has exceptional braking capability in addition to a wide roster of electronic stability aids.
Inside the car, there’s an opulent world of fine leathers and carpets thanks to sumptuous natural materials and high levels of craftsmanship. Buyers can choose to customize the interior exactly to their needs with whatever colours they desire. A huge 12-inch display deals with the infotainment end of things and superlative Bang & Olufsen audio systems are available. The luggage compartment will take a couple of golf bags or Aston Martin’s fitted luggage and more travel gear can be stowed on the back seat, though this is more spacious than that of earlier DBs and can even take a couple of child seats.
The 2017 DB11 is the latest in a long line of highly desirable Aston Martin 2+2 automobiles, just about all of which have been regarded as the very best grand tourers of their time. Prices start at just over $254,000 and the cars are available now.