ASTON MARTIN’S V8-POWERED DB11 MAKES ITS STUNNING DEBUT IN MANILA.
20 March 2017, Manila: Aston Martin Manila has officially unveiled the sporty 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8-engined DB11 in the capital city of the Philippines. Perfectly complementing the DB11’s existing 5.2-litre twin turbocharged V12 engine, this new powerplant is now available on Aston Martin’s definitive GT - the acclaimed and lovely DB11.
Marc Tagle, Chairman and President of Aston Martin Manila, said, “With the offering of the V8 engine on the DB11, I am confident that we will broaden the appeal and draw more customers to our brand. We are looking forward to seeing more of our favourite GT on the streets of The Philippines. Our customers will enjoy the invigorating drive experience this sporty model can offer in our vibrant country.”
Producing 503 bhp and 675Nm of torque, the V8 engine’s potency is beyond question, propelling the DB11 from 0-62mph in just 4.0 seconds and on to a top speed of 299 km/h. The inherent qualities of this light, compact and characterful power unit make it the ideal choice to sit alongside the existing V12 engine. Aston Martin’s engineering team has tailored the V8 engine perfectly for its application in the DB11 with bespoke air intake, exhaust and wet sump lubrication systems.
Electronic calibration of the V8 engine has included creating new ECU software and reprogramming the engine and throttle mapping to ensure it possesses the all-important feel and sound for which Aston Martins are renowned. With its rich reserves of effortless performance, the V12-engined DB11 already fulfills the role of consummate high-performance luxury Grand Tourer. This provided the ideal opportunity to explore the more dynamic side of the DB11’s character and capabilities with the V8-engine option.
To this end Aston Martin engineers designed new engine mounts, which together with the bespoke, slimline wet sump system enables the V8 to be mounted as low as possible for an optimized center of gravity. The V8 engine is also lighter and more compact than the V12, which contributes to a saving of 115kg and a kerb weight of 1760kg. With more of that mass centered within the wheelbase, the V8-engined DB11 has an increased sense of agility - a quality that has been fully exploited with detailed revisions to the suspension bushing, geometry, anti-roll bars, springs, dampers and ESP software. By carefully crafting its dynamic character to be distinct from that of the V12, the V8 appeals to those customers drawn to a refined and comfortable GT with a more sporting bias.
There are subtle visual differences between the two variants that include a unique alloy wheel finish, dark headlamp bezels and a pair of bonnet vents instead of the quartet featured on the V12. These vents come in a choice of black or titanium-finish mesh, again different from that fitted to the twelve- cylinder variant. 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. Of course, the V12-engined variant is an icon – an ultimate, if you like, but the V8 is very much its own car. One with a distinct and carefully crafted character that’s truly seductive. It has been hugely rewarding to put our stamp on this new engine – both in the way it sounds and performs – and to use its impressive attributes as the impetus to reveal a little more of the DB11’s sporting character.”
The same standard equipment level and extensive palette of color and trim options are offered on both variants of the beautiful DB11. Customers can also commission and tailor their very own Aston Martin with our Q by Aston Martin: Collection and Commission services. Patrik Nilsson, President of Aston Martin Asia Pacific, commented: “We are thrilled to unveil the V8- powered DB11 in Manila. The Philippines was our strongest market last year in the Southeast Asia region, and we expect continuing growth in demand for DB11, particularly with the arrival of the V8 powered model.”
Head of Sales Operations for Southeast Asia, Nancy Chen added: “With the recent launch of the state-of-the-art 1,200 square metre Aston Martin Service Centre in Makati City, our customers can be assured that Aston Martin Manila remains committed to delivering a first-class ownership experience as ever". The V8-powered DB11 is now available for sale with first deliveries commencing in March 2018. The same standard equipment level and extensive palette of color and trim options are offered on both variants of the beautiful DB11.
The V8-powered DB11 is now available for sale with first deliveries commencing in March 2018.