"The world's first Super Tourer," claims Aston Martin. While this title has been used before for cars bridging the GT/supercar gap, such as the Porsche 911 Turbo, let's accept it for what it represents here. Aston's focus is on sports cars, with the arrival of the Valkyrie, ongoing mid-engined development, and aspirations to be Britain's Ferrari, fueled by their Formula 1 success. The concept of a grand tourer seems outdated, especially considering the DB11's shortcomings.
But it's not time for a replacement yet. The DB11 has been around for seven years, while its predecessor, the DB9, had a longer tenure. Aston needs the platform to generate revenue, so the DB11 has received a comprehensive overhaul.
The most significant change is the absence of the V12 engine, discontinued due to emissions regulations. No hybrid or electric assistance is offered either. Instead, the DB12 relies on the Mercedes-sourced 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8. With modifications like
adjusted camshafts, improved cooling, and larger turbos, the V8 now delivers over 150bhp more, reaching a potent output of 671bhp.
This enhanced power translates to impressive speed, with 0-62mph in 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 202mph. Torsional rigidity has increased by 7%, and attention has been given to rear axle mounting and dampers. The suspension remains double wishbone front and multilink rear, with improved calibration and precision. Michelin's latest PS5S tires are standard, reducing road noise by 20%.
Other changes include a shorter final drive, an electronic differential, 21-inch wheels, and optional carbon ceramic brakes. The DB12 weighs 1,685kg (dry weight), with weight distribution at 48:52. Its bodywork displays a purposeful and modern design, with defined creases and muscular features.
Inside, Aston has taken control of the infotainment system, replacing most of the Mercedes switchgear. A 10.25-inch touchscreen, over-the-air updates, and a partnership with Bowers & Wilkins for a premium audio system are included. The driving environment has been redesigned, with fewer buttons and optional sports seats that emphasize the car's new direction.
The DB12 aims to fill the gap between the Bentley Continental GT and the Ferrari Roma, offering a more serious driving experience. Pricing details are yet to be announced, but deliveries are set for the autumn. Aston Martin celebrates 75 years of DB cars in 2023, and they claim the DB12 to be their most complete and accomplished model, dedicated to setting new dynamic benchmarks. Its true performance will be revealed in July.
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