Aston Martin is a fairly small company in the Automotive world. Based out of England the company prides itself on making hand crafted high end luxury sports cars and grand touring cars since 1913. In 1964 the DB5 was featured as the famous spy car for none other than 007 James Bond himself in the movie Goldfinger which personally I think put them on the map. Aston Martin makes a beautiful car there is no way you could argue that. They haven’t always been the fastest car but for the most part they have always been competitive. The 6.0L V12 that they used in both the original release of the DB9 in 2003 and the V12 Vantage was rated at 444hp and 420lb-ft of torque which is good, but for a V12 you would expect a little more I think. So did they because over the years they tuned that 6.0L up to 510hp for the 2015 model and 540hp for the 2016 models.
There were rumors that Aston Martin had teamed up with Mercedes-AMG and that we would see and AMG engine under the hood of those beautiful Aston’s which is absolutely brilliant. What better marriage then taking whats considered one of the best engine manufacturers in the world and one of best looking car manufacturers in the world. Sounds pretty good right?
Well Aston Martin released the new DB11 and it is pretty, im not sure if its just the camera angle or something but it looks like it has a high stance, almost like an crossover type look. When I first saw the side view my immediate thought was the Audi Allroad. Now I know its nothing like the Allroad but you have to admit, you see it a little bit don’t you.
Imagine the shock on everyone’s face that expected to see an AMG V12 when the hood was opened and there sat a brand new, from the ground up, 5.2L Twin Turbo V12. Yup, Aston jumped on the bandwagon of decreasing the size of then engine but adding forced induction to add power and efficiency just like most everyone else by this point with the exception of Lamborghini. There was talk that maybe this new 5.2L was an AMG motor but it was confirmed that it in deed was not. It was a motor that plans started on back in 2001 and was built completely in house. There hasn’t been exact power figures released yet but its said to be in the 600+ range which is fantastic. That much power available at your right foot while sitting in the luxury only an Aston could provide is definitely something to think about. All the sudden that puts it up into the Bentley Continental GT category as far as power is concerned.
Aston Martin is no stranger to making some seriously powerful cars. The most recent example is the 800hp naturally aspirated 7.0L V12 in the Vulcan released in late 2015. Another would be the One-77 concept that was released in 2008 that had a 750hp Naturally Aspirated 7.3L V12 that had a rumored top speed of 220mph.