"This is no mere GT. Fiercer. Purer. Sharper. Finer. Bolder. The World's First Super Tourer. DB12." - Aston Martin has finally revealed its highly anticipated evolution of the DB11, and with it, the company also highlighted its intentions to continue to build itself as a key player within the sports car market on the year it celebrates its 110th anniversary.
It looks as if Aston Martin has also decided to start taking complete ownership of what goes into its car, ditching some partnerships it had in the past to build a car which fits in with the modern, luxurious standards which people expect, while still keeping the iconic looks we associate with the DB range. It still features Mercedes' 4.0 litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine but looks like the V12 will no longer be featured in the DB moving forward.
Also facing the chop were many of the components inside the cabin which made the DB11 feel instantly outdated with Aston Martin's new infotainment system looking like they have delivered a car as opulent on the inside as out.
Simon Newton, Aston Martin's head of engineering, told Auto Express that they wanted the DB12 to have "traditional touring strengths but with a much broader set of abilities that deliver greater involvement on the right road. We're confident that dynamically, this car is a huge step compared with DB11. It's a night and day difference."
We aren't car reviewers here at DrivingExperience.com, so we will leave the rest of the lyrical waxing to the experts. We are experts in driving experiences though, and what we do know is that Aston Martin's are one of our most popular vehicles for a reason. They deliver performance out on the track which our customers always enjoy, and we have no doubt that the direction Aston Martin is heading will mean there is plenty of fun to be had out on the track!
As we raise our glasses to this illustrious milestone, it's only fitting to take a journey back in time and revisit some of the most remarkable models that have shaped Aston Martin's prestigious history. Join us as we pay homage to four significant cars that have left an indelible mark on the automotive world: the Aston Martin DB5 (1963), Aston Martin Vanquish (2001), Aston Martin DB9 (2004), and Aston Martin DB11 (2016).
No discussion of Aston Martin's heritage would be complete without mentioning the timeless icon that is the Aston Martin DB5. Immortalised as James Bond's iconic ride in the classic film "Goldfinger", the DB5 captured hearts and minds with its sophisticated design, advanced gadgetry, and sheer elegance.
Its handcrafted beauty, combined with a potent inline-six engine, showcased Aston Martin's commitment to creating grand tourers that deliver both power and refinement. Even today, the DB5 remains a symbol of timeless style and sophistication.
In 2001, Aston Martin introduced the world to the Vanquish, a car that represented a significant leap forward for the brand. Its striking and muscular design turned heads wherever it went, commanding attention and embodying the essence of Aston Martin's performance DNA.
The Vanquish's lightweight aluminium body, powered by a formidable V12 engine capable of pushing out 460bhp, ensured breath-taking acceleration and a top speed that pushed the boundaries of what was thought possible by Aston Martin at the time. With its exceptional performance and luxurious interior, the Vanquish helped to carve a new path for Aston Martin in the modern era.
The Aston Martin DB9, unveiled in 2004, marked a turning point in the brand's design philosophy. With its sleek and seductive lines, the DB9 redefined automotive aesthetics, blending elegance and athleticism to create a true work of art.
Underneath its captivating exterior, the DB9 featured a glorious V12 engine, providing exhilarating performance and a symphony of sound. Its sumptuous interior, crafted with the finest materials, enveloped occupants in comfort and luxury. The DB9 solidified Aston Martin's position as a purveyor of automotive masterpieces.
Fast forward to 2016, and Aston Martin unveiled the DB11, a true modern marvel. The DB11 embraced a new era of design language while remaining faithful to the brand's iconic lineage. Its sleek profile, enhanced aerodynamics, and striking grille announced Aston Martin's commitment to shaping the future of luxury sports cars.
Inside the DB11's meticulously crafted cabin, state-of-the-art technology seamlessly integrated with Aston Martin's luxurious handcrafted details, deliver a harmonious balance of elegance and innovation. With a twin-turbocharged V12 engine or a V8 option, the DB11 offered exceptional performance and a driving experience that was nothing short of extraordinary.
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