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JAN-FEB 2018

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When James Bond is in a bind, more often than not he has relied on an Aston Martin to make his getaway. e quintessential Bond car, the 1963 DB5, debuted in Goldfinger (1964), came back the next year in underball (1965), and made a triumphant return for both Casino Royale (2006) and Skyfall (2012); a testament to the lasting appeal of such a beautifully designed automobile. While other brands have found their way into 007's repertoire from time- to-time, it is the Aston Martin to which he is inextricably linked. After spending a few days in sunny Southern California putting the new V8 variant of Aston Martin's DB11 through its paces, I'd suggest that Mr. Bond add the luxury grand tourer to his stable for those days when he's not thwarting the sinister plans of a multinational terrorist organization, but still wants to get back and forth to the grocery in suitable style. Embarking from our home base at Rancho Valencia Resort, we warmed up by meandering past the polo fields and horse ranches of the San Dieguito Valley on our way to one of the country's most scenic stretches of pavement: the Pacific Coast Highway. Being driven to distraction takes on a whole new meaning when you are behind the wheel of such an achingly beautiful coupe. As many Americans will concur, everything sounds better conveyed with a British accent, including the sound of the DB11's AMG engine (Daimler AG, Mercedes' parent company, headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, owns five percent of Aston Martin). e engineering team at Aston Martin tailored the V8 engine perfectly for its application in the DB11, including new ECU software, reprogrammed throttle mapping, and bespoke air intake, exhaust and wet sump lubrication systems, so that the sounds emanating from the engine are the sweet midrange and high tones recognizable as an Aston, rather than the bass tones associated with AMG. SHAKEN AND STIR R ED SoCal provides the ultimate opportunity to experience the new power plant in Aston Martin's acclaimed DB11 Written by Andre James 33

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