FORGET ABOUT the Bugatti Chiron or the Porsche 911 R.
For us, the star of the Geneva Show was something a little more low key and elegant – the Aston Martin DB11. As a grand touring replacement for the hardy perennial DB9, the latest car is the most powerful production DB model to date, with a new 5.2-litre twinturbocharged V12 developing 600bhp and 700Nm of torque.
That translates to a top speed of 320km/h and a 0-100km/h time of just 3.9s and no, it’s not an AMG powerplant.
Gaydon’s first all-new vehicle architecture since the DB9, the DB11’s chassis, suspension, steering and electronics have all enjoyed root and branch revisions, with the electronic systems borrowed from Mercedes- Benz. That includes a 12” TFT scree n operating as the instrument cluster with a second 8” screen for the infotainment system, along with a COMAND-style rotary controller. This also marshals multiple driver-selectable dynamic modes – GT, Sport and Sport Plus – progressively intensify the response of the engine, 8-speed automatic ZF transmission. Torque Vectoring by braking also features. With a clear GT focus, the chassis development team – now headed up by former Lotus chassis guru Matt Becker – are looking at improving ride quality while retaining agility.
It’s hard to believe it was 2003 when the Aston Martin DB9 first appeared. Henrik Fisker’s beautifully clean design has worn its years so well that the DB11 is a clear evolution of the theme, albeit with radically re-engineered underpinnings. Will it last another 13 years? That’ll probably be down to you.