- Published: Thursday, 03 March 2016 19:17
All-new platform and drivetrain tech debuts in the new Aston Martin DB11
SINGAPORE — On Tuesday night, March 1, fans finally had the chance to lay their eyes on the new DB11 when it was unveiled at the new Aston Martin showroom located at 45 Leng Kee Road.
Revealed simultaneously at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, Singapore is the first place in the world to preview the car outside the motor show, signaling the brand’s intentions to establish itself as a major player in the luxury sports car market both globally and locally.
The unveiling comes just months after the new showroom was opened in October last year. Present to pull the black cloth back were Mr. Patrik Nilsson, Aston Martin’s Asia Pacific Regional director and Mr. Pang Cheong Yan, who is the managing director of the prestige division at Aston Martin dealer, Wearnes Automotive.
Prior to the launch, leaked pictures of the prototype popped up online, but local socialites, celebrities and VIP customers caught all-new DB11 in shimmering orange paint.
The DB11 is the direct successor to the DB9 grand touring coupe. If you’re wondering why Aston Martin skipped a number, it didn’t really — the DB10 was produced solely for the Bond movie ‘Spectre’.
Under the hood of the DB11 is a newly-designed 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 that makes 600 horsepower and 700Nm of torque. That’s enough to hit 100km/h in just four seconds and give the DB11 a top speed of 300km/h. Available drive modes include GT, Sport and Sport Plus.
Its body is made of extruded bonded aluminium including Hot Form Quenched (HFQ) aluminium. This new aluminium forming technology has the potential to reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption. Also new are cast-magnesium door structures that contribute to reduced emissions by weight reduction.
The car is 4750mm long and 1948mm wide, its height is 1290mm and wheelbase 2803mm. The car is slightly smaller overall compared to the DB9, but its wheelbase has increased by 63mm which means more room inside the new coupe.
The DB11 also features an improved electric power-assisted steering wheel with a 13:1 steering ratio, new LED headlamps with integrated daytime running, side lights and direction indicators.
Made from a single-piece of aluminium ‘clamshell; is the DB11’s bonnet, which has the dual purpose of reducing shut lines on the body, while improving its ability to absorb impacts. The newly formed exterior ‘curlicue’ vent is also said to reduce front-end lift.
In order to make the car more aerodynamic, the ‘AeroBlade’ which is now a patent of Aston Martin’s, does away with the big rear spoiler by feeding air across the boot panel and rear deck via channels hidden in the C-pillars. Not only does this make the DB11 look sleeker, it also shows the company’s penchant for aero know-how.
Thanks to its partnership with Daimler AG, on the inside you’ll see bits taken from Mercedes-Benz, including a S-Class-sourced digital instrumentation featuring a full-colour 12-inch TFT LCD display with a centrally-mounted 8-inch TFT infotainment screen.
See more pictures of the stunning new DB11 below: