The DB11 V8 is a watershed car for Aston Martin as it’s the first of many which will come to market showing off the new collaboration between Aston and its five per cent owner, Daimler.

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Aston Martin DB11 V8


As evocative as the Aston Martin brand is, it was getting tired under the hood and no matter how gorgeous it looked, it needed a mechanical pep-up. This is where new partner Mercedes-AMG came to the party. 


Buying a sports car with the heart can often be a dangerous thing because just as you’re about to hand over a lot of money for the gorgeous 5.3-litre, V12 Aston Martin DB11, they reveal the more sensible, 4-litre V8 turbo version. So I’ll just say this, drive the V8 before your heart lets you part with the big bucks.


With big GT cars, the mantra that bigger is better is usually fairly accurate and for Aston Martins of previous years like the Vanquish, that was definitely true. But times have changed.


Just a few months after the V12 DB11 was released, Aston Martin has added to the DB11 range with a more affordable GT Coupé housing an AMG-Mercedes-sourced V8 under the driver’s nose.


As we found during a nice few days in Spain, it’s not only a more affordable way to DB11 ownership, but it’s probably a better driver’s car too. [To be continued...]

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