Aston Martin has revealed that the DB11 will acquire a 2nd engine option for the 2018 model year, a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 that loads 503 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, sourced from Mercedes-AMG. The new engine will slot under the more effective 5.2-liter twin-turbo V-12 estimated at 600 hp and 516 lb-ft. The only transmission option offered is an eight-speed automatic sourced from ZF. Aston states the V-8-powered DB11 will have a top speed of 187 miles per hour and a 062-mph time of 4.0 seconds.
The engine has been customized to match with the model’s bespoke wet-sump lubrication system, air intake, and exhaust system by Aston Martin’s engineering group. Aston Martin also altered throttle calibration and ECU software and programming. Compared with the V-12-powered DB11, the V-8-powered DB11 is 253 pounds lighter and includes new engine installs that allow the engine to be positioned as low as possible to enhance the vehicle’s center of gravity.
Rates for the V-8-powered DB11 begins at $201,820, making it the least costly model of this category available. Standard functions consist of LED headlights, a deployable rear spoiler, an engine stop/start system, a limited-slip differential, 20-inch alloy wheels, a 360-degree electronic camera system, front and rear parking sensors, a 2 +2 seating design, navigation with an 8.0-inch screen, Bluetooth connectivity, and keyless entry/start. Choices consist of a Bang & Olufsen audio system, leather upholstery with brogue detailing, touch pad controls, along with a glass key.