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Aston Martin DB11 Arrives at Geneva Motor Show

The Aston Martin DB11 has been finally unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. After a series of leaked images, the DB11 has been finally showcased to the world. The Aston Martin DB11 is the latest car from the English carmaker and they are betting the farm on this one.  The DB lineup has been the most successful series for Aston Martin including the DB5, the DB7 and the DB9. Now, the DB11 is the latest car to carry the torch of the series forward.

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According to Aston Martin’s chief executive Andy Palmer, the DB11 is “not only the most important car that Aston Martin has launched in recent history, but also in its 103-year existence.”

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It has taken over 3 years to design this Aston Martin DB11. The DB11 has a clean sheet approach to it. It has a new aluminum bodyshell, suspension, cabin and a Mercedes-Benz inspired architecture for the systems. The Aston Martin DB11 is powered by a Mercedes-AMG 5.2 liter V12 engine that is turbo boosted with two Mitsubishi Heavy Industries twin-scroll turbochargers with water-to-air inlet-charge coolers. The engine generates 600hp @ 6500rpm and 699Nm of torque starting from 1500rpm. The DB11 hits the 0-100kmph mark in 3.9 seconds and has a top speed of 321kmph. This is the first Aston Martin car to have turbocharged engines. The previous models were all naturally aspirated. The transmission is a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission.

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To improve fuel efficiency, the DB11 has a feature where the engine will close down one bank and run as a 2.6 liter straight six-cylinder engine when the extra power is not required. To prevent the exhaust catalyst from over cooling, the electronics switch between the two banks without giving any noticeable signs of the change.

The DB11 gets a virtual trunk spoiler which takes high pressure air flow from the back of the rear window and pushes it through the rear of the trunk, before jetting it up into the air stream to reduce the lift on the car. There is a 1.8 inch high Gurney flap that deploys automatically on the edge of the trunk when the speed of the car exceeds 154kmph.

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The suspension setup consists of upper and lower wishbones at the front and a multi-link setup at the back. The adjustable Bilstein units handle damping. The brakes are steel rotors with aluminum calipers from Brembo. There is torque vectoring by braking to improve agility. The tires are specially developed 20-inch Bridgestones. A Bosch system is used to power the electric steering.

The interior of the Aston Martin DB11 is luxurious and roomy. There is an all-new instrument panel with a 12-inch TFT central display. The electronics are sourced from Mercedes, but there are no switches or knobs from them. Everything is Aston Martin. The seats are new with a thinner back and side bolstering. The cabin consists of the customary Bridge of Wier hides, with open-pore wood finishes and delightful detailing on the upholstery. The top-of-the-line optional equipment include in-car entertainment, upgraded electronics with an auto-parking system and a 360 degree bird’s eye view camera system.

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The DB11 is the newest Aston Martin on the block, and the most important one as well. It has a lot to live up to and it is “flippin’ important”.

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