- New V8 engine offers sportier feel
- 4.0-litre twin turbo produces 503bhp
- 0-60mph in 4 seconds, top speed of 187mph
- Surprisingly economical with returns around 28mpg and 230g/km
- Available to order now at £144,900
RUNNING a successful business is all about delivering results for your clients. Of course, projecting the right image can be helpful when it comes to securing those clients in the first place and there’s no better way to project the image of success than to drive the new V8 version of the Aston Martin DB11.
Ok, that may not be strictly true but we had to try and come up with a plausible reason why you should drive such a beautiful thing and “because I can” seemed a bit immature.
Joking aside, driving an Aston Martin does project an image of success and if you are running a growing SME it may be worth taking a moment to consider and there are a couple of reasons why.
Firstly, it’s knuckle-bitingly gorgeous. Good-looking cars are everywhere nowadays so in order to stand out manufacturers have to go the extra mile and very few can match Aston Martin when it comes to producing pretty cars.
Manufacturers go to great lengths to attach adjectives to their products but it’s hard to think of any other that could throw the word “sublime” around so freely and get away with it. If you have the slightest interest in cars you don’t need us to tell you that the DB11 is probably as close to perfect as it’s possible to get without venturing into the multi-million pound world of the Hypercar.
Secondly, and much more pertinent, the introduction of this new V8 version means you can lay claim to a smattering of environmental awareness and reduce the costs of running such a vehicle at the same time.
You would normally find a 5.2-litre V12 nestled under that swooping bonnet for £157,900 but by introducing a £144,900 V8 version Aston Martin have subtly altered the character of the car and given business owners the perfect excuse to reap the benefits.
The new choice of V8 shouldn’t detract from the car in any way. It may have less power than it’s V12 sibling but nobody in touch with reality is going to say that 503bhp isn’t enough.
The V8 DB11 is still a comfortable GT car but because it’s carrying less weight up front Aston Martin believe it’s more agile and offers a sportier experience behind the wheel. To this end the engineers have specifically tailored the V8 engine supplied by technical partner Mercedes-AMG, adding bespoke air intakes, exhaust, and sump, as well as reprogramming the engine and throttle mapping.
The result is a 4.0-litre, twin turbo unit that will haul the DB11 to 60mph in four seconds and on to a top speed of 187mph, but because it’s a bit lighter and more compact than the V12 you can still get around 28mpg and 230g/km.
Granted, that is a big number that’s going to impact your tax liabilities but put it into context and you quickly realise how much of a bargain – relatively speaking – the DB11 is.
Both versions of the DB11 come with the same standard equipment. You also get access to the same range of colours, trims, and options list, including distinctive design touches from the Q by Aston Martin collection. There may be a choice of engines but luxury is standard across the range.
We realise that for most of us, and we do include ourselves, will never be in a position to drive a DB11. Those of you who can should be encouraged to do so, and we suspect you would be surprised to hear how competitive some lease deals can be for a car such as the DB11.
After all, you’ve worked hard to get to where you are now so isn’t it about time you reaped the reward for your efforts?