Aston Martin DB11 V8 is powered by a lighter and more fuel efficient AMG-derived engine making potent 503 bhp and 675 Nm of torque
The Aston Martin DB11 V8 is the first creation from what can be said as a dream partnership with Mercedes and AMG. The British supercar maker has added yet another model to the DB11 fleet as a turbocharged V8 motor has been introduced for sale in the international markets.
The inaugural model benefitting from the Aston-Mercedes deal struck with the parental firm Daimler AG saw the Germans buying 5 percent stake in Aston Martin four years ago. Ever since, the rumours of a potential synergy with AMG and its powertrains have been on the rise and rightfully the impact now has come into fruition.
The AMG performance division’s reputed 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine is being used in wider applications and in the DB11 it gets an exhaust system, wet sump and new air intake. Moreover, the engine management system is remapped for better AM-ish performance.
It produces a maximum power output of 503 bhp and 675 Nm of peak torque. It is nearly 100 bhp down compared to the V12-equipped DB11 but in spite of the obvious power lag, it can do zero to 100 kmph in four seconds flat – only a tenth slower than the V12.
The downsized engine is also more fuel-efficient and emission friendly at 28.5 mpg and 230 g/km respectively. The top speed is claimed at 300 kmph and seeing all the numbers the V8 is indeed both performance-based and comparatively economical.
Courtesy of the new engine mounts, the smaller mill sits lower and makes the DB11 115 kilos lighter. Resultantly, it is claimed to have sharper and agile feel than the bigger V12.
Aston Martin has not made any big visual changes except for the addition of newly designed 20-inch wheels, dark headlight housing and two bonnet vents instead of four while the interior and features remain just identical. At £13,000 lesser than the V12, it costs at £144,900 in the UK.