The Aston Martin DB11 has been on sale for a few months now, it has an all new 5.2L twin turbo V12 mated to an equally new 8 speed automatic gearbox, it also has a whole new body shape and distances itself from the old DB9. The new body shape isn’t just pretty either, its sciencey and very clever, things such as an air spoiler. But there’s a problem, the list price is $395,000 which isn’t a lot of money compared to other Astons from the recent past. There will be a cheaper version coming with an AMG V8 but until then all we have is the big V12. The problem is that the price bracket puts it up there with the two wheel drive Lamborghini Hurracan, Audi R8 V10, Ferrari California, Honda NSX, Mclaren 570S, Jaguar F-Type R and the Porsche 911 turbo, some pretty stiff competition. All of these are great cars, they’re all relatively modern and safe and very fast, but if I had the money, I’d save about 100 grand and by myself the old Aston Martin DBS Volante. It’s about 90 horsepower down on the new DB11, and its heavier, and less economical, and second hand, but that doesn’t bother me, because the DBS is a car that I would use every day, because it is second-hand there’s less pressure of where you could and would park it, it’s also the best looking car to come from the 2000’s.
You have Aston’s 6.0 liter naturally aspirated V12 even though its two Ford V6’s stuck together, it makes one of the best noises ever. If you’re lucky you will be able to find it in manual also. The DBS was also driven by James Bond… it rolled, but he still drove it. I like the DB11, it’s a great car but I have a couple of issues with it. It doesn’t look like a proper Aston Martin, it’s not brutal in its looks, it doesn’t look big or intimidating, it’s more Bellarine then Boxer. The other issue is the interior, I had a little play on the Aston Martin configurator and couldn’t come up with an option that I like, particularly with the wood trim which I don’t think is in nice spots or there is a good choice of material. Its the same story with the wheels, I couldn’t find a set that I liked. This isn’t the story with the Jag, or the 911 or any of the other competitors. Buying second hand you expect to compromise in what you want colour and style wise, but in a brand new car, especially an Aston Martin, you’d want every single inch of that car to suit your taste. That would stop me from buying the DB11.