- V8-powered Aston Martin DB11 wins What Car? Award
- Twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine ignites sporting character of DB11
24 January 2018, Gaydon: The V8-powered Aston Martin DB11 won the “Best coupé for more than £50,000” category at the 40th annual What Car? Car of the Year Awards this evening.
The Aston Martin DB11 is credited with turning around the fortunes of the British luxury carmaker when it was launched in 2016. The 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 version came along last summer and was an immediate success.
Steve Huntingford, Editor of What Car? said: "The DB11 has always been an impressive car, but the addition of a V8 engine makes it better than ever. This new variant feels even sharper than the V12 because it has less weight in the nose, yet it still offers fantastic performance and the blend of comfort and luxury that prestige coupé buyers expect. It's quite simply the best car of its kind."
Aston Martin President and Chief Executive Officer, Andy Palmer said: “It is always gratifying to receive recognition from within the automotive industry. We are very proud of the success of the DB11. The DB11 is the most complete and sophisticated car Aston Martin has ever made and now, with this new V8 engine option we have broadened its appeal. The V8-powered DB11 is a remarkable Aston Martin.”
The V8 engine propels the DB11 from 0-62mph in just 4.0 seconds and produces 510PS (503BHP) and 675Nm of torque. This light, compact and characterful power unit has been tailored by Aston Martin engineers to provide bespoke air intake, exhaust and wet sump lubrication systems. Lighter and more compact than the V12, the engine is mounted as low as possible in the DB11 for an optimised centre of gravity, creating an incredibly agile sports car.