2017 Aston Martin DB11

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Aston Martin is more than your average car manufacturer, decades in making, it has transcended to the status of an icon. But for most of us, it is affectionately the Bond Car. Every generation of the DB series has been associated with this British spy and his on-screen adventures. The Aston Martin DB 11 is the latest iteration, succeeding the DB 9 series.

The DB 11 is equipped with a 5.2 Liter naturally aspirated V12 engine that produces 600 horsepower and 516 lb-ft. of torque. Yes, the 2018 Aston Martin DB 11 does bolt on turbos for more power but V12 engine has a lot of character that befits a GT car.

For Aston Martin, the DB 11 is the car that will either usher a new era or see it off to a grim fate. Seriously, a lot is riding on the back of the DB 11. The DB 11 competes with Bentley Continental GT and Mercedes AMG S 65. At the price point of a quarter of a million dollars, each car is an entirely different experience in itself. And the very existence of these cars isn't just to move you from point A to B - with these cars you arrived somewhere in your life.


Under the hood, 2017 Aston Martin DB11 V12 Coupe packs a 5.2L V12 Twin-Turbo engine. The engine is capable of delivering 600 hp of power and 516 lb.-ft. of torque. While the power is available at a maximum rpm of 6500, the same available for the torque is 1500 rpm at max. The robust V12 engine is complemented by an 8-speed automatic transmission mode.

2017 Aston Martin DB11 Features

2017 Aston Martin DB11 V12 Coupe is available in a single trim. Nonetheless, there are several optional packages and upgrades to customize the ride as per the requirements ask for. Moreover, there are a galore of standard features available with the coupe. DB11 V12 Coupe features a Strathmore leather monotone interior. Pricing options for the 2017 Aston Martin DB11 V12 Coupe start from $211,995.

Trim DB11
MSRP $211,995
Key Features
  • Strathmore leather monotone interior
  • Alcantara headlining
  • Black leather trim inlay
  • Carpeted cabin
  • Satin Silver Jewellery Pack 6
  • Black leather steering wheel
  • Memory front seats and exterior mirrors (three memory positions)
  • Heated front seats
  • Warm Charcoal seatbelt 
  • Power fold exterior heated mirrors
  • Front and rear parking sensors and cameras
  • Cruise control & speed limiter
  • Electronic Instrument Cluster with mode specific displays
  • Laminated windscreen with clear noise-insulation layer
  • Keyless entry and go
  • 8.0" LCD screen
  • iPod and iPhone Integration and USB playback 4
  • Satellite radio system 
  • Wi-Fi Hub5

2017 Aston Martin DB11 V12 Coupe comes with laminated windscreen supporting a clear noise-insulation layer. The ride also features memory front seats and exterior mirrors. Three memory positions are available. In addition to satellite radio system and Bluetooth connectivity, the DB11 V12 features iPod and iPhone integration. Furthermore, a carpeted cabin, 8-inch touch display, and warm charcoal seatbelts are also available as standard features.

2017 Aston Martin DB11 Engine

"You’ll rarely find occasion to exploit this kind of performance but there’s satisfaction knowing you could. Even at less than maximum velocity the new Aston Martin DB11 delivers top-shelf driving enjoyment"- KBB

Engine and Transmission

DB11 V12 leads the pack in terms of engine power. The ride comes with a 5.2L V12 Twin-Turbo engine. It generates 600 hp of power and 516 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is complemented by an 8-speed automatic transmission mode. Comparatively, Bentley Continental GT comes with a Twin-Turbocharged 6.0L W12 engine. It delivers 582 hp of power and 531 lb.-ft. of torque.

Models Aston Martin DB11 Bentley Continental GT Mercedes Benz S550 4MATIC
MSRP $211,995 $214,600 $122,750
Engine 5.2L V12 48 Valve Twin-Turbo Twin-Turbocharged 6.0L W12 4.7L Biturbo V8
Transmission 8-speed automatic 8-speed automatic 9-speed automatic
Horsepower 600 hp @ 6500 rpm 582 hp @ 6100 rpm 449 hp @ 5250 rpm
Torque 516 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm 531 lb-ft @ 1700 rpm 516 lb-ft @ 1800 rpm

Like the DB11 V12, Continental GT relies on an 8-speed automatic transmission mode for gear-shifting. Mercedes Benz S550 4MATIC, with its 4.7L bi-turbo V8 engine, offers 449 hp of power and 516 lb.-ft. of torque. Unlike its class rivals, the coupe features a 9-speed automatic transmission mode.

Acceleration

The 2017 iteration of the Aston Martin DB11 V12 Coupe offers a speedy 0-60 MPH acceleration. The ride reaches 60 MPH from nothing in just 3.9 seconds. Moreover, the ride covers a quarter-mile in a remarkable time span of 11.7 seconds. 2017 Aston Martin DB11 V12 Coupe features a robust and responsive acceleration that is readily available on all gear levels.

Models Aston Martin DB11 Bentley Continental GT Mercedes Benz S550 4MATIC
0-60 MPH 3.9 sec 3.3 sec 4.0 sec
Quarter mile 11.7 sec 11.3 sec 12.5 sec
Engine 5.2L 6.0L 4.7L
Emission(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 10.4 11.8 8.8

Bentley Continental GT offers better acceleration than that of the Aston Martin DB11 V12 Coupe. Continental GT takes 3.3 and 11.3 seconds for reaching 60 MPH and covering a quarter-mile, respectively. Mercedes Benz S550 4MATIC features the slowest 0-60 MPH acceleration in the competition. The ride takes 4 seconds to hit the 60 MPH. Furthermore, it consumes 12.5 seconds for covering a quarter-mile.

Ride and Handling

Though not as thrilling as its sportier siblings, the DB11 V12 is still capable of transporting one mile away like no big deal. An ideal grand tourer, 2017 Aston Martin DB11 V12 Coupe offers an agile handling coupled with responsive steering. It features an active exhaust system that makes up a harmonious sound as soon as the pedal is kicked-off.

Hearing the smooth, high-pitched sound of classical V12 is a rewarding experience. Moreover, it lets you know that you are obviously riding a grand tourer from Aston Martin. 2017 Aston Martin DB11 V12 Coupe features a toggle present on the right steering-wheel spoke, allowing you to shuffle between various driving modes. Overall, driving the 2017 DB11 V12 is a powerful and pleasing experience as well.

Braking

The 2017 iteration of the Aston Martin DB11 V12 Coupe has a powerful and responsive braking system. Sizes for the front and rear brake in DB11 V12 are 15.7 and 14.2 inches, respectively. Bentley Continental has the front brake size of 15.9 inches in the competition. It also has the least rear brake size of 13.2 inches. Mercedes Benz S550 4MATIC has the least front brake size of 14.6 inches. Both S550 4MATIC and DB11 has the most rear brake size of 14.2 inches.

Model Aston Martin DB11 Bentley Continental GT Mercedes Benz S550 4MATIC
Brake Front (in.) 15.7 15.9 14.6
Brake Rear (in.) 14.2 13.2 14.2
Curb Weight (lbs.) 4080 5115 4707
60-0 MPH (ft.) N/A N/A N/A

2017 Aston Martin DB11 V12 Coupe supports a curb weight of 4080 lbs. This makes the coupe the lightest coupe in the competition. The closest competitor is the Mercedes Benz S550 4MATIC with a curb weight of 4707 lbs. Bentley Continental GT is even way much heavier with a total curb weight of 5115 lbs.

2017 Aston Martin DB11 Fuel Economy

The 5.2L V12 Twin-Turbo engine of DB11 is powerful as well as throaty. 2017 Aston Martin DB11 offers 15 mpg in cities and 21 mpg on highways. The ride delivers a combined fuel economy of 17 mpg. This is better than the combined fuel economy of 15 mpg delivered by the Bentley Continental GT.

Model Aston Martin DB11 Bentley Continental GT Mercedes Benz S550 4MATIC
MPG (city) 15 12 17
MPG (highway) 21 21 25
MPG (combined) 17 15 20

Mercedes Benz S550 4MATIC delivers a combined fuel economy of 20 mpg. In cities, the coupe delivers 17 mpg and on highways, it gives out 25 mpg.

2017 Aston Martin DB11 Interior

"A stately English lord like the DB11 needs only one other seat for a companion, a seat swathed in fine leather, decorative stitching and surrounded by a cabin swollen with luxury comforts"- Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

Like its class rivals, 2017 Aston Martin DB11 V12 Coupe comes with a maximum seating capacity for 4. The seating is comfy and luxurious. The ride features black leather with inlay as a standard interior feature. However, there are a number of interior upgrades readily available.

Model Aston martin DB11 Bentley Continental GT Mercedes Benz S550 4MATIC
Passenger capacity 4 4 4
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) N/A 39.6/-/41.3 39.3/60.6/-
Second(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) N/A 36.5/-/32.5 36.7/54.1/-

The fully functional cabin is also carpeted to make things more lavish inside the doors of the DB11 V12 Coupe. The rear seats are shorter than that of the front seats but still comfortable and luxurious.

Infotainment System

2017 Aston Martin DB11 V12 Coupe is the first in line to enjoy technical perks gained from partnering with Mercedes-Benz. Thank goodness, the latest iteration of Aston Martin ditched the irritating infotainment system for Mercedes-Benz COMAND-like infotainment system. Though most features remain the same, the graphics are altered for matching the Aston persona.

The infotainment system is complemented by a central 8-inch TFT display. It gives out navigation as well as music content with an excellent resolution. Below the screen is a haptic touch panel. It is there for switching modes and controlling volume. Nonetheless, the 12-inch digital instrument cluster is a disappointment requiring amendments. Bluetooth connectivity and smartphone integration are available.

Interior Features

Interiors of the Aston Martin DB11 V12 Coupe is lavishly pleasing. Ranging from the elegantly designed cabin to the hardware and software upgrades, everything about the interiors of the coupe is appealing. Major interior features of the DB11 V12 Coupe include:

  • Fully-functional, spacious and carpeted cabin
  • A plethora of hardware and software upgrades
  • Excellent satellite navigation
  • Standard black leather steering wheel
  • Heated front seats

Cargo Capacity

Aston Martin coupes aren't known for holding loads of cargo. Same is true for the DB11 V12 Coupe. There are only 7.9 cubic feet of total cargo space available in the ride. Comparatively, Mercedes Benz S550 4MATIC offers storage space for 10.4 cubic feet of cargo.

Model Aston Martin DB11 Bentley Continental GT Mercedes Benz S550 4MATIC
Cargo Volume (ft.3) 7.9 12.6 10.4

Bentley Continental GT offers the most cargo capacity in the competition. It is capable of holding onto 12.6 cubic feet of cargo.

2017 Aston Martin DB11 Exterior

"From its tasteful Aston grille, past the curlicue front-fender treatment, along with flowing roof strakes leading rearward to blacked-out C-pillars, the DB11 is crafted for maximum aerodynamic and emotional effect. That seductive shape is formed atop an advanced bonded-aluminum platform featuring “Hot Form Quenched aluminum"- KBB

Dimensions and Weight

The 2017 avatar of the Aston Martin DB11 V12 Coupe flaunts a length of 186.6 inches. This makes the ride smaller than that of the Continental GT as well as the Mercedes Benz S550. Furthermore, the ride features 76.4 inches of width and 50.4 inches in height. Again, the coupe is shorter in height than that of its class rivals. However, Mercedes Benz S550 4MATIC offers the least width of 74.8 inches among the competition.

Model Aston Martin DB11 Bentley Continental GT Mercedes Benz S550 4MATIC
Curb weight (lbs.) 4080 5115 4707
Length(in) 186.6 189.3 197.9
Width(in) 76.4 76.7 74.8
Height(in) 50.4 55.2 55.8
Ground clearance (in) 5.7 5.5 4.7
Wheelbase (in) 110.4 108.0 115.9
Track width (in) F/R N/A 65.5/65.2 64.0/64.9

2017 Aston Martin DB11 V12 Coupe has a ground clearance of 5.7 inches. This is more than that of the Continental GT as well as the S550 4MATIC. Continental GT has a ground clearance of 5.5 inches, while S550 4MATIC has an even shorter ground clearance of 4.7 inches. 2017 iteration of the DB11 V12 Coupe has a wheelbase of 110.4 inches. This is more than the 108 inches wheelbase of the Continental GT. S550 4MATIC has the most wheelbase of 115.9 inches.

Exterior Features

With the 2017 Aston Martin DB11 V12 Coupe, the manufacturer has introduced an ideal 21st century GT. There are lots of design elements making up the styling of the grand tourer. Though not each and every element is significant, there are several aero tricks to adore. Key exterior features belonging to the 2017 DB11 V12 are:

  • New roof strakes for separating the body from the roof
  • Aeroblade intakes in the front strakes
  • Functional side strakes
  • Clam-shell-design-inspired bonnet
  • All-new riveted, adhesive-bonded aluminum platform

Safety Competition Final Verdict Driving Is Active Is Active

2017 Aston Martin DB11 Safety

2017 Aston Martin DB11 V12 Coupe isn't rated by NHTSA and IIHS. Nonetheless, the ride comes with a number of safety and security features to ensure a benign drive. Aston Martin DB11 V12 Coupe features the standard dual-stage front airbags for the driver and the passengers. Additionally, it comes with side airbags for the front seats. Knee and head airbags are also available.

There are a galore of security and safety feats available with the DB11 V12. A remote-control central door locking and boot release is available as a standard feature. Furthermore, the ride flaunts a tire pressure monitoring system, and alarm and mobilizer functionality. Aston Martin DB11 V12 also flaunts to have EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution). Dynamic Stability Control is available in addition to ABS and Traction Control.

Safety Features

  • Tyre pressure monitoring
  • Alarm and immobilizer
  • Remote-control central door locking and boot release
  • Automatic temperature control with dual zone climate control
  • Electrically adjustable front seats with side airbags
  • Dual stage driver and passenger front airbags
  • Curtain side, knee and head airbags
  • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Traction Control (TC)

NHTSA and IIHS has not yet rated

2017 Aston Martin DB11 Competition

Bentley Continental GT vs Aston Martin DB11

2017 Aston Martin DB11 V12 Coupe receives competition from another grand touring coupe, the famous Bentley Continental GT. Just like the DB11, Continental GT features an 8-speed automatic transmission mode. There isn't much difference in the pricing either. The bid for Bentley Continental GT starts from $214,600, about $2.6 more than the starting price of Aston Martin DB11. Continental GT packs a 5.2L V12 48-valve Twin-Turbo engine.

The powerful 5.2L engine in Bentley Continental GT generates 582 hp of power and 531 lb.-ft. of torque. The ride features faster 0-60 MPH acceleration than that of the DB11 V12. Bentley Continental GT takes 3.3 seconds to shoot to the 60 MPH mark, 0.6-sec less than that of the Aston Martin DB11. However, the ride is over 1000 lbs. heavier than that of the DB11. Total curb weight of the ride is 5115 lbs. It delivers a combined fuel economy of just 15 mpg.

Mercedes Benz S550 4MATIC vs Aston Martin DB11

An opening bid of $122,750 puts Mercedes Benz S550 4MATIC in a laxer price range. The coupe flaunts a 4.7L bi-turbo V8 engine, capable of producing 449 hp of power and 516 lb.-ft. of torque. While the horsepower is much less than that of the 2017 Aston Martin DB11 V12 Coupe, torque is the same. For gear-shifting, the ride makes use of a 9-speed automatic transmission mode. S550 takes full 4 seconds to hit the 60 MPH mark.

Mercedes Benz S550 4MATIC has the smallest brakes in the competition. Front and rear brake for the ride measures 14.6 and 14.2 inches, respectively. Total curb weight of the coupe is 4707 lbs., making it heavier than that of the DB11 V12 but not that of the Bentley Continental GT. Mercedes Benz S550 4MATIC delivers a combined fuel economy of 20 mpg. This is 3 and 5 mpg more than that of the DB11 V12 and the Continental GT, respectively.

2017 Aston Martin DB11 Final Verdict

The most important aspect of 2017 Aston Martin DB11 V12 Coupe is the ride quality. No matter whether you need to transport to just a couple of miles or hundreds of them, the journey remains enjoyable. Moreover, the latest upgrade to the infotainment system is highly appreciable.

The 2017 iteration of the DB11 replaces the naturally aspirated snarl from the engine with a deep-throated roar. However, the new 8-speed automatic might be the ride wobbliest feature, mostly owing to software issues. All in all, the 2017 DB11 V12 Coupe is an impressive grand tourer that not everyone can afford but anyone can cherish driving.

Pros

Looks and Luxury

Powerful yet pleasant Roar

Bang and Olufsen Beosound Surround Sound System

Last but not the least, it's 'The Bond Car'

Cons

Rear seats aren't meant to seat adults

Noisy Cabin

What's New?

Android Auto and Apple Carplay is now available

New 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system

Two new colors available


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$211995

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

top speed

208 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

317 cu. in.

horsepower

600 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

516 lb.-ft. @ 1500 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

independent rear double wishbone suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

14.2 in. ventilated disc brakes/15.7 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

110.4 in.

length

186.6 in.

width

76.4 in.

height

50.4 in.

curb weight

4080 lbs.

ground clearance

4.7 in.

performance

zero to 60 mph

3.9 sec.

zero to 100 mph

7.8 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

4.4 sec.

standing ¼-mile

11.7 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

158 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

15/17/21 mpg

highway range

430.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/unlimited

drivetrain warranty

3 years/unlimited

corrosion warranty

10 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2017 Aston Martin DB11 in Ultramarine Black color  2017 Aston Martin DB11 in Yellow Tang color  2017 Aston Martin DB11 in Stratus White color  2017 Aston Martin DB11 in Skyfall Silver color
Ultramarine Black

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Aston Martin DB11 2dr Coupe

2dr Coupe

power
600 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
17 combined

$211,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Coupe (5.2L 12cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $211,995 MSRP (15/17/21) 600 hp @ 6500 rpm, 5.2 L, V12, premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 4 NA