Many young car enthusiasts hung posters of the DB4 GT Zagato on their bedroom walls in the 1960s. And I was one of them. Time after time, its sleek, harmonious curves and energetic, sporty charm only grew more appealing.
Decades later, I get my hands on the DB11 V12, the latest expression of the DB series.
And I am not disappointed. It is modern and edgy yet elegant and smart. But it cannot afford not to be, as it faces serious competition from contenders such as Maserati and Jaguar.
As I get in the Aston, once a childhood dream car, I feel like a little boy again.
Right away, I can tell that it has gone a step up from its previous generation in the interiors, which are now aligned, in terms of technology, to its powerful contenders.
The design has maintained its classic style, however, and the materials are, as always, of prime quality. English leathers have always been an example for the automotive world, and this unit is no exception.
Some of its commands are also more tactile and practical than in previous models, while the cabin has plenty of space, larger than your standard sports car. The seats, too, are firm but comfortable, making it an easy ride even for longer trips.
Surprisingly, its V12 is not naturally aspirated, but turbocharged, though it is extremely smooth. The result is one mighty 5.2 litre engine, capable of 600bhp at 6,500rpm and 700Nm of torque at a bare 1,600rpm. Aston Martin claims it is capable of 322kmh and 0-100kmh in four seconds.
Despite its impressive speed, the DB11 is perfectly balanced and is capable of operating as an everyday car, thanks to its quiet and smooth cruising.
In the last ten years, Astons have typically been friendly and safe when pushed harder on corners. A touch of understeer keeps drivers out of trouble and away from instability.
While older models such as the DB9 and Vantage were missing some character, the DB11 had a lot more command. It felt strong and reliable, and gave me the freedom to play with weight transfers when driving mid-corners. The traction is also excellent, propelling me with a new vigorous push to the next corner. Certainly, the DB11 is in a class of its own.
Aston Martin DB11 V12 starting price: $215,000
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