Turning the Corner

The first truly all-new Aston Martin in a good long while, the DB11 is a triumphant return to form for the British carmaker. Its boss, Dr Andy Palmer called the Aston Martin DB11 the most important car Aston Martin has launched in its 103-year history, and it’s clear to see Gaydon has thrown everything, including the kitchen sink, at it.

We could talk at length about its new lighter and stronger aluminium chassis, its thumping 600bhp twin-turbo V12, snazzy new infotainment system (largely sourced from Mercedes-Benz) or the carmaker’s build quality improvements, but we’d also just like to gawp at its beautiful lines.

While most modern cars tend to only look good in certain colours and from certain angles, the Aston Martin DB11 is gorgeous in any hue and from any perspective. Heck, the Aston Martin DB11 even looks good in the swirly camouflage it wore when it was in prototype form.

It’s difficult to pin down exactly what we like about the DB11, but if we had to pick one thing, it would be all the car’s clever aerodynamic elements. The strake just about the front wheel arches relieves the high-pressure air pocket there, reducing front-end lift. At the rear, the AeroBlade virtual spoiler through intakes at the base of the C-pillars and venting it out over the rear deck.

Cool stuff, no doubt, but what’s even cooler is those elements also contribute to the DB11’s charm – graceful, purposeful and yes, just a little bit brutish.

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Published 2 June, 2017
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