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Aston Martin’s new DB11 flagship

2nd June, 2018

By ASWAN YAP

Aston Martin, well known for its sporty models (one of which was used by 007 agent James Bond), has brought a new dimension of race-inspired dynamism and performance to the DB11 family with the introduction of the new DB11 AMR. Replacing the outgoing V12-engined DB11 as the new flagship of the DB11 range, the DB11 AMR boasts greater power, increased performance, enhanced driving dynamics and a more characterful exhaust note, together with a suite of exterior and interior enhancements.

Together they create a DB11 that is said to offer a more vivid driving experience, yet preserves the maturity and effortless GT performance for which the original V12-engined DB11 is rightly renowned.

Reflecting Aston Martin’s racing pedigree, the AMR brand takes technology and inspiration from motorsport to amplify the sporting prowess present across the model range. With enhanced performance, sharper dynamics and more powerful design language, AMR follows in the tracks of successive iconic Aston Martin road cars which have boasted top-level racing pedigree.

“As passionate enthusiasts of Aston Martin’s competition pedigree, AMR is something we have wanted to bring to fruition for some time. Cars such as the Vantage GT8 and Vantage GT12 confirmed that our customers love raw, race-bred models, but we also knew there was an opportunity to create cars that offer a sharper performance focus but stop short of those truly hardcore, special series models. With the AMR brand, we have the perfect platform to deliver both,” said Aston Martin’s President and CEO, Dr. Andy Palmer.

Inspired by Aston Martin Racing’s successful endurance programme, AMR pushes the envelope of performance for each model in Aston Martin’s range. Launched at the Geneva Motor Show in 2017, the performance derivative has already delivered the previous-generation Vantage AMR and AMR Pro, with the highly-anticipated Rapide AMR forthcoming.

At the heart of the DB11 AMR is Aston Martin’s twin-turbocharged 5.2-litre V12. Now developing 630 bhp, this gives the DB11 AMR an additional 30 bhp compared with the outgoing DB11 V12, and 127 bhp more than the V8-engined DB11. Torque remains unchanged at 700 Nm.

A 0 – 100 km/h time of 3.7 seconds is an improvement of 0.2 of a second over the outgoing model while a top speed of 333 km/h makes the DB11 AMR one of the world’s swiftest GT cars and the fastest model in Aston Martin’s current series production range.

Striking the perfect balance between excitement and refinement, the handling of DB11 AMR’s chassis has been refined by Aston Martin’s skilled dynamics team, led by Chief Engineer Matt Becker. Their work has delivered a greater sense of connection without harming the supple ride.

Similarly, a new shift calibration for the transmission and a slightly more vocal exhaust note ensures the DB11 AMR expresses its character more explicitly when Sport mode is engaged.

Visually, the DB11 AMR is distinguished by a co-ordinated palette of exposed carbonfibre and gloss black detailing that unites the exterior and interior treatment. On the outside all brightwork has been given a monochrome treatment: dark headlight surrounds and smoked tail lamps complimented by dark front grille and tailpipes; gloss black roof, roof strake plus side sills and splitter offering a subtle contrast with the exposed weave of the carbonfibre bonnet blades and side strakes.

The dark theme continues inside, with monotone leather and alcantara upholstery and a bold contrasting central lime stripe, while DB11 AMR is treated to a leather sports steering wheel as standard.

Aston Martin’s accessories team have also provided a full suite of options for those looking to add further race-inspired styling to their DB11. These include a carbonfibre engine cover, exhaust tips and a deployable spoiler that add further detail to the model’s exterior, while a new carbonfibre sports steering wheel and paddeshifts bring that same AMR ethos within the cabin. For those heading off for weekend, expertly tailored luggage sets are available to match the car’s specification.

The Aston Martin DB11 AMR is available from £174,995 in the UK (about RM930,000), with first customer deliveries having begun at the start of this quarter.

In addition to the extensive choice of standard colour and trim options, the DB11 AMR is available in three Designer Specifications, plus a limited-edition model sporting AMR’s signature Stirling Green and lime livery.

With extensive carbonfibre detailing on the exterior, the inside is equally striking, with Dark Knight leather and Lime detailing, plus Satin Dark Chrome switchgear and Satin Carbonfibre trim. Strictly limited to 100 units worldwide, this specification is priced at £201,995 (equal to about RM1.07 million).

   
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