Aston Martin DB11 V8 loses four cylinders but none of its grace

Aston Martin DB11 V8 loses four cylinders but none of its grace

0 comments 📅28 June 2017, 19:30

We liking the Aston Martin DB11. Few vehicles combine speed, luxury, and comfort as well enough as that beautiful British coupe. That said, it’s not the most efficient or affordable GT in the community, but Aston Martin is planning to change that. Starting this year, the party will offer the DB11 a twin-turbocharged V8 sourced from the mad Germans at Mercedes-AMG.

We’ve known ar the engine partnership for a while now, though we assumed the first Aston Martin to use a Mercedes-AMG V8 would be the next-inception V8 Vantage. At first, sticking a V8 under the hood might seem like an odd alternative, but the DB series only recently started using V12s. Historically, the car has packed powerful inline-six engines. Present two engines will allow the company to sell a lower-cost model and all things being equal boost sales.

That means changes are strictly mechanical in nature. The motor is the now-common 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged Mercedes-AMG V8. Output is 503 horsepower and 498 a pasting-feet of torque. That’s down 97 horsepower and 18 pound-feet of torque from the 5.2-liter V12. In the Mercedes-AMG C63 S, the 4.0-liter V8 makes one horsepower and 18 more pound-feet of torque. Aston Martin says that the partnership with Mercedes-AMG allows the ensemble to tailor the engine for Aston Martins. This means a new ECU with new engine and throttle mapping.

Losing four cylinders changes the hieroglyph of the car a bit. The DB11 V8 is a not-insubstantial 254 pounds lighter than the V12. Since most of the Dialect heft savings comes from behind the front wheels, Aston Martin says the V8 exemplar is more agile than the V12 model. Engineers have adjusted the suspension bushing, geometry, anti-tumble bars, springs, dampers, and stability control to account for the weight savings.

The DB11 V8’s slim helps offset the lower power output. As such, the 4.0-second 0-62 sprint is upright 0.1 seconds off the V12. Top speed is down 13 mph to a still extralegal timeliness of 187 mph. We don’t have fuel economy ratings for the US, but expect an improvement from the V12’s common rating.

The V8 will be available with all of the same equipment and trims as the V12, with honourable a few visual changes to distinguish the two models. The V8 gets unique wheels, darker headlight surroundings, and lawful two vents on the hood, available in either black or titanium.

The DB11 V8 goes on sale in the US later this year. At $198,995, it undercuts the V12 representation by $17,500. That’s a lot, but the big savings will come in places like China that add severe taxes to cars with engines larger than 4.0 liters.

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