Last year, Aston Martin ran the DB11 with the V12 engine and the world loved them for it. This year, they have launched an alteration. Four year old Aston Martin – Dailmer tieup has made it possible for the use of an engine developed by Mercedes AMG for Aston Martin for the very first time.
The 2018 Aston Martin DB11 V8 has four few cylinders than its parent car, and produces about a 100 hp less than the V12. However, the car’s structure is well suited for the engine specifications and better performance. AMG’s V8 is a compact engine and gets away with one less radiator than the V12.
The car looks virtually same but under the hood is placed the everybody’s favourite, AMG’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 code-named M178. In DB11 it produces 503 hp and 498 lb ft of torque. Intake system, engine mounts and exhaust systems are exclusive and newly designed. The car hits the maximum of 187 mph and reaches 60 mph from nil in 4.0 seconds.
The driving is improved due to decreased 258 pounds from the front axle. The linear power delievery gives more stability to V8 on turns. Engine is tuned to produce more grutting noise and different from AMG as well as V12. The transmission and final drive ratios are same but the shift is quicker; it feels better when you take it for a drive. The eight speed ZF transmission reduces the shock considerably. Brakes are same except that front cylinders are shorter and pedal shift travel is reduced.
Wheels have unique alloy finish and hood has only two vents instead of four. Dark headlamps bezels enhance the look. The interior and colour choices are same as V12.
Overall, the V8 DB 11 is better to drive, lighter agile and less expensive than its V12 counterpart.