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JAN-FEB 2018

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Producing 503BHP and 498 pound-feet of torque, 4.0-liter twin- turbocharged V8 engine is able to propel the DB11 from 0-62mph in just 4.0-sec before topping out at 187mph (nearly identical with the V12). Modifications to the engine have resulted in a noticeable weight reduction over the V12, an optimized center of gravity, and greater mass centered within the wheelbase, all of which serve to enhance the GT's feel of sporty agility and improve fuel efficiency. Cruising along at various speeds, the throttle response was immediate, gear shifts were expeditious, and in the Sport+ mode we were able to revel in the lovely engine sounds while the car remained in the lowest gear possible for extended periods. In spite of the sportiness, this is a car that still provides the comfortable ride indicative of a true grand tourer. Aston Martin Chief Technical Officer, Max Szwaj, commented: "As an engineer I find the DB11 a fascinating car. One with great depth of character and ability. I'm particularly proud that this car is the first to receive an engine supplied by our technical partner, Mercedes-AMG. Not least because thanks to the nature of our relationship with AMG, we have been given complete freedom to tailor this exceptional power unit so that it meets the particular needs and demands of an Aston Martin." ere are subtle visual differences between the V12 and V8 variants: a unique alloy wheel finish, dark headlamp bezels, and a pair of bonnet vents instead of the quartet featured on the V12. ese vents come in a choice of black or titanium-finish mesh, again different from that fitted to the twelve-cylinder variant. Inside, both V8 and V12 customers have the same standard equipment levels and the same dizzying array of color and trim options. One can also elect to enhance the specification of their car via the same Option Packs and Designer Specification packages offered for the V12, plus a suite of Q by Aston Martin Collection options. Aston Martin President and CEO, Dr. Andy Palmer said of the V8-engined DB11: "e DB11 is the most complete and sophisticated car Aston Martin has ever made. Now, with this new V8 engine option we have broadened its appeal by offering a car that will bring the DB11 to more customers around the world while still blessed with the exceptional performance and memorable character that sets Aston Martin apart from its rivals. Having driven the car during its development phase, it is not just the engine that has changed the character of the car, but also the resulting dynamic changes to create a remarkable GT car with its own distinct personality from the V12." e V8-powered DB11 is on sale now with a recommended retail price from $198,995. sl slmag.net 37

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