After nearly a decade, Aston Martin released the 2017 DB11, the successor to the Bond car DB9. The gap is really long but the company has made sure they have arrived with a bang with a car that could possibly determine the future while staying relevant for years to come.
A powerful 5.2-liter twin turbo V12 engine is found inside the DB11 which can render a brilliant 600 horsepower which when combined with its 516 lb feet of torque makes the car a beast on the road. Compared to the DB9, this is a significant boost in terms of performance and the brand has seamlessly filled the gap by creating their new car with enough power so that it could go against competitors of the current generation.
While design aesthetics are modified to make it look innovative, Aston Martin has ensured that the car is readily recognizable as one from the brand. Some trademark features include the low front end found in almost every model from the manufacturer and their unique styled grille which cannot be seen in other cars. The boomerang shaped headlights is a new addition and is a stark change from the diamond shaped models used in the DB9.
The crew has spent enough time to incorporate plenty of innovative ideas into the newly launched car including the floating roof made possible by making the pillars completely black. While this is a visual gimmick that makes the roof look as if it is suspended on nothing, it adds to the style factor. The position of the taillights have been changed as they are now much higher close to the cargo area while they are much slimmer in shape.
Similar to most other models released in recent times, the 2017 Aston Martin DB11 features a near buttonless dashboard. Controls are primarily done using the touchscreen interface and voice controls. A unique stitching pattern is followed in the seats with additional cushioning in the head rest for amazing comfort. The analog clock and plenty of buttons used in the DB9, which got originally released in 2004 looks vintage when compared to the DB11.
Aston Martin has seamlessly transitioned itself from a time when technology was still dubbing to an era where automatic cars and electric powered motors are considered mainstream. The DB11 may not receive these features but is a car made to overcome competition and continue to stay relevant to its longtime buyers.