The undeniably exotic 2022 Aston Martin DB11 toes the line between sports car and grand tourer. Its long, low, and wide body turns heads whether configured with the fixed roof or the retractable soft top. Aston offers this rear-drive-only looker with a mighty 630-hp twin-turbo V-12, but it comes only in the coupe variant, adds a significant surcharge, and can overwhelm the rear tires. The standard 528-hp twin-turbo V-8 isn't as special, but it's still supremely satisfying. Paired with an eight-speed automatic, both engines provide stirring soundtracks and rousing acceleration that can take this car from relaxed to rowdy in a thrice. And despite some interior miscues and miniscule rear seats, the DB11 has a comfortable and highly customizable cabin.
What's New for 2022?
For 2022, the DB11's standard V-8 gets a 25-hp boost, pushing its total output to 528 ponies. The upgrade unlocks a new claimed top speed of 192 mph, up from 187. Inside, the DB11 is now available with Aston's Sports Plus seats, which provide increased bolstering to better secure passengers during spirited motoring. Buyers can further enhance the cabin with newly optional design themes. Although the sleek 2+2-seater still offers a twin-turbo V-12 engine, that model no longer sports an AMR (Aston Martin Racing) badge.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
We think the convertible model, called Volante, is the best DB11 experience. Unfortunately, those who want the added character of the V-12 engine will be disappointed because the drop-top is sold only with the V-8. After selecting our preferred paint color, exterior trimmings, interior preferences, we'd add the Bang & Olufsen audio system and touchpad control for the infotainment system. The only other extras we'd recommend are the heated steering wheel and blind-spot monitoring.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The DB11 offers two engine choices: a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 or a twin-turbocharged 5.2-liter V-12. The former develops 528 horsepower and 513 pound-feet of torque while the latter makes 630 ponies and 516 pound-feet. Both pair with an eight-speed automatic transmission that transmits all that torque to the rear wheels. We've tested a detuned, 600-hp version of the V-12 DB11, which showed serious quickness. More recently, we drove the V-12-powered DB11 in northern Germany and reveled in its massive thrust, athletic moves, and an exhaust note that's equally melodic and menacing. We've also driven the V-8 models. The DB11 coupe proved that the eight-cylinder can be about as quick and sound just as badass as the 12. Likewise, the droptop 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.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
With a powerful V-8 and V-12 as the sole engine choices on the DB11, fuel economy is clearly a low priority. Still, the V-8 earns a respectable 18 mpg city and 24 mpg highway. The 12-cylinder alternative is less thrifty, with ratings of 15 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. For comparison, the W-12-powered Bentley Continental GT is even less efficient, at 12 mpg city and 20 mpg highway. We haven't had a chance to test any DB11 on our 75-mph fuel-economy route—part of our extensive testing regimen. For more information about the DB11's fuel economy, visit the EPA's website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The inside of every DB11 is plush and can be customized with fanciful colors and exotic materials. 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 of driving this car. Every model includes leather upholstery, heated and power-adjustable front seats, and passive entry. A heated steering wheel and ventilated front seats are on offer. There aren't many places inside the DB11 to store small items apart from the center-console bin, which slides open to reveal cupholders and a useful tray.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Derived from Mercedes-Benz, the infotainment system provides user-friendly controls and attractive menus. You select things on the 8.0-inch screen via a standard rotary controller or the optional touchpad on the center console. Along with a 400-watt audio system and SiriusXM satellite radio, Aston gives every DB11 a Wi-Fi hotspot. Shoppers can upgrade to either a 700-watt sound system or a 1000-watt Bang & Olufsen unit.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Those interested in driver-assistance technology can add blind-spot monitoring and parking-assistance software. For more information about the DB11's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard 360-degree camera system
- Standard front and rear parking sensors
- Available self-park feature
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Aston Martin provides limited and powertrain warranties that are on par with what other high-end automakers offer. However, unlike the competition, Aston doesn't include any maintenance visits in its coverage.
- Limited warranty covers three years and unlimited miles
- Powertrain warranty covers three years and unlimited miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance