2019 Aston Martin DB11

Review, Pricing, and Specs

2019 Aston Martin DB11
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The Aston Martin DB11 promotes the British brand's unmistakable styling and epitomizes the grand-touring ethos. Behind its iconic grille is voluptuous bodywork that includes taut lines that blend into broad hips and a cinched tail. The DB11 can be had as a streamlined coupe or an equally sleek convertible, which Aston calls Volante. The company's performance sub-brand—AMR—is responsible for the most powerful and exciting version.

Engines, Ride, and Handling

The DB11 offers two very distinct engine choices: a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 or a twin-turbo 5.2-liter V-12. The former develops 503 horsepower and 498 lb-ft of torque while the latter produces 630 ponies and 516 lb-ft. Both pair with an eight-speed automatic transmission that transmits all that power to the rear wheels. While we've only tested a detuned version of the V-12 DB11, it still made 600 horsepower and rocketed from zero to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and completed the quarter-mile in 11.7 seconds at 125 mph. More recently, we drove the new-for-2019 DB11 AMR in northern Germany. There its massive thrust and athletic movements combined with an exhaust note that was equally melodic and menacing. We've also driven but haven't track-tested both V-8 versions. The DB11 coupe proved that fewer cylinders can be similarly quick and sound just as badass. Likewise, the drop-top DB11 Volante we drove was a stunning way to experience the south of France. While it's not available with the V-12, the Volante thankfully doesn't sacrifice performance.

Interior and Technology

As expected, the inside of every DB11 is a plush environment that can be customized with fanciful leather colors and exotic materials. However, we've noticed some inconsistent panel fitment and surprisingly cheap-feeling switchgear. Still, these issues are minor compared with the otherwise extravagant and heart-pounding experience. The infotainment system is derived from Mercedes-Benz, with user-friendly controls and attractive menus. Those interested in driver-assistance technology can add blind-spot monitoring and auto parking that helps the driver—you guessed it—park.

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