Aston Martin DB11 V8 Scoops What Car? Award
Aston Martin DB11 V8 Scoops What Car? Award
Posted: February 1st 2019
By: Lisa Harper

We’re delighted to announce that the DB11 V8 has scooped this year's What Car? Best coupe for more than £50,000.

The DB11 was first introduced back in 2016 with a V12 engine and heralded a brand new era for Aston Martin. A year later in 2017, a V8 was introduced as an additional powerplant, and it is with this engine setup that the DB11 has scooped this industry-leading award.

The DB11’s 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 has been finely tuned to ensure it offers a whole new level of Aston Martin dynamism. With 503bhp and 675Nm of torque, the eight-cylinder unit is capable of 0-62mph in just four seconds and has a top speed of 187mph.

To ensure the DB11 V8 retained the unique Aston Martin ride quality, the engine and surrounding components underwent precision tailoring. Highly-skilled Aston Martin engineers created a bespoke air intake, exhaust and wet sump lubrication systems for the V8 engine, allowing them to keep it connected to the same eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox, mounted on the rear axle, for that pure Aston Martin power delivery.

While some may only ever consider a DB11 with a V12 engine, those who give the V8 engine a go are sure to be pleasantly surprised. The lighter V8 powerplant can be mounted lower down thereby optimising the car's centre of gravity which helps to improve dynamics for a more agile sports car feel. It also means the weight distribution is shunted rearwards by a couple of per cent for 49:51 front to rear ratio. The result is positive steering feedback for an inspiring and rewarding drive.

The V8 engine also accounts for a 100kg fall in kerb weight while the smaller cooling system brings in another 15kg saving, taking the total kerb weight down to 1760kg. This again helps to sharpen handling while also bringing efficiency gains when compared to the V12 model. Official figures state 28.5mpg is achievable with the V8, while carbon emissions are down too, at 230g/km.

What Car? editor, Steve Huntingford said: "The DB11 has always been an impressive car, but the addition of a V8 engine makes it better than ever. This new variant feels even sharper than the V12 because it has less weight in the nose, yet it still offers fantastic performance and the blend of comfort and luxury that prestige coupé buyers expect. It's quite simply the best car of its kind."

While Aston Martin President and Chief Executive Officer, Andy Palmer was delighted the DB11 received recognition saying: “It is always gratifying to receive recognition from within the automotive industry. We are very proud of the success of the DB11. The DB11 is the most complete and sophisticated car Aston Martin has ever made and now, with this new V8 engine option we have broadened its appeal. The V8-powered DB11 is a remarkable Aston Martin.”

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