Less is More
In the chase for horsepower and bragging rights, you could be forgiven for thinking that bigger is always better when it comes to sports cars. Obviously no one told Aston Martin as losing four-cylinders from the V12 has made the new DB11 V8 a sensational weekend warrior.
The Aston Martin DB11 V8 is proof that good things do indeed come in smaller packages.
Not that you would call a twin-turbocharged V8 small but when you compare it to the 5.2-litre V12 that’s also used in the DB11 coupé, the old mantra shines brightly.
Regardless of engine, the DB11 is a huge improvement over the old generation of Aston Martins, namely the ancient DB9 it replaces, being lighter, stiffer and more spacious inside, while the V12 engine is a very desirable piece of kit.
But it wasn’t until I was mid-hustle, wrestling the V8 through some nice back roads in Spain, listening to that V8 burble and pop and felt its fingertip light response through the steering wheel that I started to wonder.
If money was no object and I forked out the extra $17,500 for the V12, would I appreciate it more?
After 300+kms behind the wheel, I couldn’t find a way to say yes. Like the Bentley Continental GT V8 against its W12 sibling, the baby in the range is for me, the best driver’s car. [to be continued...]
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...]