The following is an excerpt from Tim Stevens | September 26, 2017 | CNET.com |
For Aston Martin, a V12 is a lot more than a pair of inline-six engines joined at the crank. That iconic "vee" configuration has delivered a huge portion of the the character of the previous few iterations of the DB cars.
For the 2017 DB11, the complete reboot of the vehicle series that sits firmly on the list of greatest cars ever (with a little help from James Bond), Aston Martin was forced to concede to modern demands slightly. How? By adding a pair of turbochargers and dropping the engine displacement, but that just meant even more power from an even more efficient package.
Now, it's time to down-size further. This is the new, V8-powered DB11, a British icon with an unapologetically German heart beating beneath that long, low, lovely clamshell hood. Does the AMG-sourced powertrain stunt the character, or does the 250-pound weight savings mean less is more? Let's find out.
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