2017 Aston Martin DB11 – debut at 2016 Geneva Auto Show. The current Aston DB9 has been around ever since 2003 so it is one of the longest running cars on the market today. However, the British company did announce that they will discontinue the model starting with the 2016 model year and replace it with an all new car. Many thought that the new car would still be called the DB9 but not too long ago they released bits of official information about the 2017 Aston Martin DB11, the direct successor of the DB9.
The new car will not use the same old platform of the DB9 but it will in fact be their first model to use their newly developed platform.
All-new platform and Engine range
The new platform of the 2017 Aston Martin DB11 and their future models will be specifically made to accommodate an all new engine which many people did not expect. It seems that instead of their usual naturally aspirated V8, Aston Martin will now get Mercedes’ help in order to tune their 4 liter twin-turbo AMG mill found on the AMG GT in order to use it on the future Aston Martin cars. This engine will be used as the entry level offering on the DB11 and at this point in time it seems that it will make around 500 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque which will likely be routed to the rear wheels via a ZF 8 speed automatic gearbox.
The top of the range model will continue to use Aston’s current 6 liter naturally aspirated V12 until around 2018 or early 2019 when Ford will discontinue the engine. This means that it will likely be replaced either with an in-house developed V12 or with a higher powered V8 engine from AMG. The high performance model will likely make around 650 horsepower and over 550 lb-ft of torque and it will use a higher end 8 speed automatic.
More aggressive design – inside and outside look
The design is still a largely unknown factor but the spied camouflaged model gives us a lot of details about how it may look. The car will be roughly the same size as before but the rear overhangs will be longer. On top of that, the rear track of the car will be noticeably wider and the car will likely get a lot more design cues from the older Aston Martin’s cars. The front will certainly keep some of the flair of the DB10 Bond car but it will get its own unique touch to that design.
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The interior will be classic for a British sports car so the 2017 Aston Martin DB11 will not get any of the space age minimalistic design. Instead, the wide and long center console of the DB9 as well as the analogue instrument cluster are going to be kept unchanged. The materials will be just as good as before and the car will continue to offer four relatively large seats. The equipment level will change though so it will get a newly designed infotainment system as well as more safety features.
2017 Aston Martin DB11 Release date & Price
This will remain a front-mid engined rear wheel drive platform but this time it is expected to make a lot more use of carbon fiber besides the usual aluminum. This will not reduce its weight all that much but it will give the car better structural rigidity as well as it will allow Aston to create a safety cell for the car’s passengers.
The release date is still unknown at this point but the car will likely be first launched at the 2016 Geneva Auto Show and it will go on sale later in 2017.
The price will still be well over $150,000 with the top end versions of it costing as much as $260,000 which is a lot of money.
The biggest competitors are Jaguar XKR-S and Maserati GranTurismo.
Unfortunately, there are no official details about performance and other specs. A month ago, only first spy photos were captured. For now, we can see that new 2017 Aston Martin DB11 brings a lot of changes and updates.
- All-new platform and design
- New Technology
- Upgraded V-12
- No more details, still…but we expect official details in first quarter 2016
More info on GTspirit.