2018 Aston Martin DB11 V12 Coupe

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Detailed Review

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 DB 11 does bolt on turbos for more power but V12 engine has a lot of character that befits a GT car.

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Pros

Powerful V12 engine

Lavish interior

A clean design

Composed ride dynamics

Cons

Lack of active driver assistance

Fuel efficiency

Rear seats are impractical

What's New?

Blind spot warning (optional)

Hands-free trunk

Optional V8 engine


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Styles

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China Grey

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 Aston Martin DB11 V12 Coupe Base

Base

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

$216,495


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Coupe (5.2L 12cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $216,495 MSRP (15/17/21) 600 hp @ 6500 rpm, 5.2 L, V12, premium unleaded (required)
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6-speed automatic rear wheel drive 4 NA

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial April 29, 2019

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.

2018 Aston Martin DB11 V12 Coupe Features

The Aston Martin DB 11 is offered in a single trim only. The DB 11 is offered with standard features like 20-inch wheels, LED headlights and taillights, adaptive suspension and heated power-adjustable seats. The list doesn't end here, it also includes modern amenities like keyless ignition and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Trim

DB11

MSRP

$211,995

Key

Features

Strathmore leather monotone interior

Alcantara  headlining

Black leather trim inlay

Carpeted cabin

Black leather steering wheel

Memory front seats and exterior mirrors

Heated front seats

Warm Charcoal seatbelts

Power fold exterior heated mirrors

Front and rear parking sensors and 360 da 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


Even with a single trim on offer, there are so many customizations that when a DB 11 meets another of its kind it wouldn't be an exact replica. Aston Martin provides options to change interior color, stitching, and leather. The exterior options include gloss-black body kit and an array of wheel options.

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Aston Martin DB 11 is available in a single well-appointed trim. Albeit, there are a lot of customizations on offer.

2018 Aston Martin DB11 V12 Coupe Engine

Power with the V-12 is more immediate, as the V-8's turbos take a bit of time to spool up. Thereafter, both engines pin occupants back in those sculpted leather seats and launch this beautiful British missile toward the horizon. TheCarConnection

Engine and Transmission

Six Hundred glorious horsepower that pulls you over the hills and far into that sunset. The DB11 is powered by a 5.2 Liter V12 engine that is mated to an eight-speed ZF transmission. The power is delivered to the aft wheels. Even for a turbocharged engine, the soundtrack is nothing short of mesmerizing.

The V12 version produces a good 100 horsepower more than its V8 sibling. The turbocharged V12 may lack the depth of its naturally aspirated V12 predecessor but it in terms of performance, it has been a great improvement from team Aston Martin. There would be very few instances when you would find this engine short of breath.

Models

Aston Martin DB11

Bentley Continental GT

Mercedes-Benz S-Class AMG S 65

MSRP

$211,995

$214,600

$238,900

Engine

5.2L V12 48 Valve Twin-Turbo

Twin-Turbocharged 6.0L W12

6.0L SOHC Biturbo 36-Valve V12

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

7- speed automatic

Horsepower

600 hp @ 6500 rpm

582 hp @ 6100 rpm

621 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque

516 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm

531 lb-ft @ 1700 rpm

738 lb-ft @ 2300 rpm

When the price is the least of your worries, then what you receive as a product has a unique value. Considering the competition, all of the manufacturers use an iteration of the 12-cylinder engine. When we compare horsepower, the DB 11 comfortably sits between the Mercedes Benz S-Class AMG S 65 and Bentley Continental GT. The former produces the segment best -621 hp and latter produces the least 600 hp.

Acceleration

Weighing in at 4080 lbs., the DB 11 is considerably lighter than its competition. The 0-60 mph is achieved within a lightning quick 3.9 seconds. It easily hails itself in sub -second sports car territory but in the GT drive mode, the DB11 is a bit shy when it comes to spirited driving.

The Aston Martin DB 11 tops out at 208mph. The DB 11 is provided with 3 drive modes. Two of these are Sport and Sport Plus which dramatically change the throttle response for an intensive driving experience.

Models

Aston Martin DB11

Bentley Continental GT

Mercedes-Benz S-Class AMG S 65

0-60 MPH

3.9 sec

4.4 sec

4.0 sec

Quarter mile

11.7 sec

11.3 sec

11.9 sec

Engine

5.2L

6.0L

6.0L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

10.4

11.8

11.1

The competition is stiff but the DB 11 V12 Coupe keeps its crown with its 3.9-second naught to 60 mph acceleration. DB 11 is followed by the Merc with is 4.0 second 0-60 mph run and Bentley Continental GT with its 4.4 second 0-60 mph run.

While the big twelve-cylinder engines are not exactly frugal, yet manufacturers have optimized the engines to be more fuel efficient and comply better with EPA emission standards. The DB 11 scores the best 10.4 tons/year followed by Merc 11.1 tons/year and Bentley 11.8 tons/year.

Braking

It is a great feeling to see the speedometer dipping to the left as the brakes are applied and the car sheds its speed. The DB 11 is fitted with 15.7-inch brake rotors at the front and 14.2-inch rotors at the rear.

Model

Aston Martin DB11

Bentley Continental GT

Mercedes-Benz S-Class AMG S 65

Brake Front (in.)

15.7

15.9

15.4

Brake Rear (in.)

14.2

13.2

14.2

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4080

5115

4,817

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

N/A

N/A

Due to unavailability of data, it is difficult to determine the DB 11 braking performance. The brake pedal has a definitive feedback which is complemented by a linear response from the pedal. But with the lightest curb weight in the segment and massive brake rotors the DB 11 is expected to perform well in this department. Similarly, the competition which weighs more than the DB 11 is expected to cover more distance before coming to halt.

Ride and Handling

The DB 11 is offered in front engine, rear-wheel drive layout and this layout is complemented by a Limited Slip Differential. But don't mistake the Aston Martin DB 11 for a sports car. This bond car doesn't like to be hurled around the corners. The DB 11 enjoys a unique tuning that puts it between a sports car and more luxurious Mercedes and Bentley. DB 11 is offered with three drive modes GT, S, and S+. GT is where the DB 11 belongs, S and S+ modes alter the dampening and make the car respond better during cornering.

Whatever speed you are doing  either doing 150 mph on the freeway or doing a modest 30 mph on city roads, the DB11 is a car of silent character. The DB 11 cabin adheres to silence. The ZF transmission does a good job of complementing the DB 11 character. The eight gear ratios provide optimal shift points in favor of comfort and efficiency.

 

2018 Aston Martin DB11 V12 Coupe Fuel Economy

These twelve-cylinder gas guzzlers offer massive performance at the push of a pedal. Primarily, GT cars are tuned for high-speed cruising. So, these powerful engines are in for some high-speed cruising duty. Naturally, fuel efficiency is not on the checklist of the buyers. Still, the Aston Martin DB 11 offers a combined mileage of 17 mpg.

Model

Aston Martin DB11

Bentley Continental GT

Mercedes-Benz S-Class AMG S 65

MPG (city)

15

12

13

MPG (highway)

21

21

21

MPG (combined)

17

15

16

The competition offers lesser than the DB 11. The Mercedes Benz S-Class AMG S 65 offers a combined mpg of 16 while the Bentley Continental GT offers a combined fuel efficiency of 15 mpg.

2018 Aston Martin DB11 V12 Coupe Interior

Seating and Comfort

If something justifies the astronomical $211,995 price tag, it is the interior of this car. There is something inside that reeks of money. No, it is not old school, but even with its distinct modern equipment, the Aston Martin feels more connected to craftsmanship. The interiors separate the DB 11 from the run of the mill $ 150,000 luxury coupe.

Everything inside the cabin is reassuring to touch. The soft-touch leather, the metal paddles and use of wood. It is like you are being cocooned inside a warm blanket. The DB 11 coupe offers a lower seating but that doesn't come at the price of visibility. The wide view from the front inspires confidence in drivers.

Model

Aston Martin DB11

Bentley Continental GT

Mercedes-Benz S-Class AMG S 65

Passenger capacity

4

4

4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

N/A

39.6/-/41.3

39.7/59.7/-

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

N/A

36.5/-/32.5

39.2/59.1/-

While all the three cars can accommodate 4 passengers, the Merc is more spacious. The DB11 struggles when it comes to rear seating, there's not much space for adults. Even kids would find the rear seats to be very uncomfortable. The rear seats are better to be used as an extension of the cargo space. Overall, the S 65 is more spacious and can accommodate rear passengers, comfortably.

Infotainment

The 2018 Aston Martin DB 11 is offered with the older COMMAND infotainment system which was borrowed from Mercedes. This system comes with an 8 LCD screen and 400-watt audio setup. The system also offers Apple CarPlay integration. The infotainment system on offer is rated high on its ease of use. The infotainment system can be controlled via a scroll wheel at the center console.

A network of cameras 360-degree view camera, 180-degree view camera and, monitor your wheels camera work in tandem to monitor the car's surroundings. This system is highly responsive and provides real-time high-definition footage on the infotainment screen. So, the chances of you scratching the paint on your DB 11 is pretty low.

Interior Features

  • Audio - Aston Martin Premium
  • Headlining - Leather Matched To Seat Inner Color
  • Stitching - Fine Contrast
  • Infotainment - Touch Pad Control
  • Leather Special
  • Steering Wheel - Color Matched Trim

Cargo volume

At 7.9 cu.-ft., the DB 11 offers the least cargo space in this segment. The cargo area would be adequate for a couple of bags. Whereas he Bentley offers significantly better cargo space at 12.6 cu-ft. while the Mercedes offers the best in the segment space of 14.1 cu-ft.

Model

Aston Martin DB11

Bentley Continental GT

Mercedes-Benz S-Class AMG S 65

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

7.9

12.6

14.1

2018 Aston Martin DB11 V12 Coupe Exterior

From its tasteful Aston grille, past the curlicue front-fender treatment, along 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. - KelleyBlueBook

Dimension and Weight

What works for the DB11 is its clean lines and a timeless design. There are references from the predecessor DB 9 but the DB 11 sets the tone for what is to arrive in the future. Although the DB 11 doesn't post best in class figures, dimensionally. But the DB 11 flaunts handsome proportions, this coupe measures 186.6 inches in length, 76.4 inches in width and 50.4 inches in height.

Model

Aston Martin DB11

Bentley Continental GT

Mercedes-Benz S-Class AMG S 65

Curb weight (lbs.)

4080

5115

4,817

Length(in)

186.6

189.3

198.9

Width(in)

76.4

76.7

75.3

Height(in)

50.4

55.2

56.1

Ground clearance (in)

4.7

5.5

4.6

Wheelbase (in)

110.4

108.0

115.9

Track width (in) F/R

N/A

65.5/65.2

64.1/64.7

Following the industry standards, the cars are closely matched when it comes to dimensions. Few things stand out, the Merc has the longest wheelbase at 115.9 inch which translates to better stability and more cabin space. Bentley offers the best ground clearance at 5.5 inches so you don'[t have to be worried about the parking ramps and irregular terrain.

2018 Aston Martin DB11 V12 Coupe Safety

Aston Martin DB 11 Coupe is offered with a host of standard safety features. Some of them are listed below.

  • Front Head Airbags
  • Dual Front Side-Mounted Airbags
  • Stability Control
  • Emergency Braking Assist
  • Traction Control
  • 4-Wheel ABS
  • Cornering Lights
  • Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring

*2018 Aston Martin DB 11 coupe is yet to be rated by NHTSA and IIHS.

2018 Aston Martin DB11 V12 Coupe Competition

2018 Bentley Continental GT

The Continental GT is up for a major update in 2018. This car has aged considerably and the chances are high that you would find a rival which offers much more at this price. The W12 engine produces 582 hp and 531 lb-ft. of torque. Although weighing well over 5,000lbs. The Bentley is a Grand Touring machine that offers smooth and effortless, cruising capability.

The 2018 Continental GT is only available as a convertible. It is better to wait for the 2019 Bentley Continental GT which is built on Volkswagen's new MSB platform which will feature a host of new changes.

2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class AMG S 65

The Merc S 65 proves to be a complete package - it's got the looks, the engine has a great power output- 621 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque, the comfort is also at par with its British counterparts. But it comes with a hefty price tag of $238,900.

Sure it has got everything the S-Class segment offers, but for that price range, there are definitely other options in the market which cater to luxury in a better way.

2018 Aston Martin DB11 V12 Coupe Final Verdict

The DB 11 isn't a hardcore sports car but it will pin you the seat with its fire-breathing 600-hp V12 engine. All that power inside but on the outside it is the definition of poise and composure. The body lines are soothing to look at. With its clean design, the DB 11 gives a hard run for the money to many other exotic cars.

The GT experience would be comfortable, albeit only for the driver and the side passengers. The rear seats are too cramped to be used by people. It simply serves as decoration and additional space for your luggage. Even the 7.9 cu-ft. rear cargo space seems like an excuse.

For $211,955, you are spoiled with luxury and all the electrical gizmos, an ultra-quiet cabin, a user-friendly infotainment system and the power surge of a twelve-cylinder engine. DB 11 is an exotic choice that would command attention.