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  • Launched in 2016
  • Performance
  • Petrol
  • Launch year
    2016
  • Body type
    Performance
  • Fuel type
    Petrol

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Glorious, but imperfect Grand Tourer.

Best bits

  • Stunning to look at
  • Aston Martin badge carries significant cachet 
  • Huge performance, sports car agility when you want/need it

Not so great

  • Interior largely beautiful but some cheap parts and old-tech jars inside
  • Full Grand Touring credentials are let down by some wind and tyre noise at speed
  • Expensive to buy and own, while reliability might be a concern. 

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Aston Martin DB11 Exterior Front

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Aston Martin DB11 Interior Drivers Door

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Aston Martin DB11 Driving Side

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Aston Martin DB11 Driving Back

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Aston Martin DB11 Exterior Side

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Overall verdict

"If you’ve worked hard enough to afford the DB11, it will undoubtedly make you feel special when you drive it, which is a huge part of the appeal of cars like this. A Porsche 911 Turbo will be significantly faster and a Bentley Continental GT is even more luxurious, but the DB11 spans that divide convincingly with a foot in each camp while still feeling distinct in its own way. Traditional GT appeal, wrapped in a beautiful body, the DB11 is desirable but, ultimately, bettered in many ways."

Aston Martin DB11 Exterior Front

Aston Martin has always appealed to the eye as much as it has the soul and the DB11 absolutely exemplifies that, being both stunning to look at, as well as engaging and enjoyable to drive.


Replacing the successful DB9, it might have been all-new back in 2016, but it was already trailing behind its Grand Touring (GT) rivals in some areas then. Notably things like infotainment and driver aids. 


The DB11 makes up for that with its sensational styling, indulgent luxury and performance, as well as that emotive badge appeal. If you’re in the market for a big, powerful and indulgent Grand Tourer that’s a bit more sporting at heart than some of its rivals, then the beautiful Aston Martin makes a rather compelling case for itself. 


The range includes coupe and Volante models, Volante being Aston Martin’s way of describing a convertible. There is a choice of two engines, a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 which makes up the majority of the DB11 choice, or a twin-turbocharged V12.


That V12 has been discontinued from the regular DB11 line-up, instead being reserved for the AMR (Aston Martin Racing) model at the top of the line up.


As the flagship AMR’s name suggests, the AMR is a DB11 with a more sporting focus, riding on lower, firmer suspension, using bigger brakes and that more powerful V12 engine. It’s only offered as a coupe.


While the AMR V12 might be the range-topping model, the V8 isn’t exactly lacking in performance. Indeed, the difference is infinitesimal against the clock and on the road the lighter V8 actually feels nimbler than its V12 relation. 


Unlike some rivals which offer four-wheel drive, all DB11s drive the rear-wheels only, through an eight-speed automatic transmission, which offers manual control via steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.  


The most obvious direct rival to the DB11 is the Bentley Continental GT, it too being British, hand built, available with a choice of V8 and 12-cylinder engines and having a starting around £150,000. Other alternatives include the Rolls-Royce Wraith, though it’s hugely more expensive with a starting price around £100,000 more. 


Italy offers some rivals via Ferrari, with either its GTC4 Lusso or Portofino models. Other alternatives include cars like BMW’s 8 Series, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe, Lexus LC500 or Porsche 911 Turbo. Like all these rivals, the DB11 offers rear ‘seats’, but it’s very much a 2+2, that +2 only for occasional use, ideally for small children. 


A competent 2+2 GT, then, with a more sporting edge than many rivals, the DB11 is an impressive all-rounder. The indulgent interior is let down a little by some obviously bought in parts from other manufacturers, the infotainment feeling last generation – because it is – and there’s none of the more sophisticated driver aids available like you’ll find on something like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe. 


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  • 2019
  • 51 miles
  • Stoneacre Aston Martin Newcastle
  • Northumberland, NE289NZ
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Is the Aston Martin DB11 right for you?

You’ve grown out of Ferraris and Lamborghinis, Porsches are great but they’re too common and while the idea of a Bentley Continental GT appeals, you’re still a decade from admitting defeat and buying the big, luxurious grand tourer. 


The DB11 fits in nicely then, being both indulgent, hand-built and exclusive, with a GT flavour mixed with a sports car edge. The AMR V12 could be a last hurrah, but really, the V8’s the one to go for. Do it, you’ve worked hard for this.  

What’s the best Aston Martin DB11 model/engine to choose?

Open or closed? That’s the real question here, so coupe or cabriolet (Volante), as the engine choice is simple – you want the V8. The V12 AMR, enjoyable as it is, doesn’t add so much over the cheaper, better balanced V8s to make it worth splurging so much more money on. 


We’d probably err towards a V8 coupe over the Volante, but that’s our preference, there being nothing at all wrong with the Volante. Indeed, it’s arguably more glamorous. Perhaps it will depend which house you park it at - if it’s your holiday home go all in with a V8 Volante, if you’re using it daily to get to your business, then the coupe.  


What other cars are similar to the Aston Martin DB11?

The DB11’s more sporting bent over its true GT rivals does widen its potential audience. There’s a good chance a DB11 owner will have owned - and likely still does - own a few Porsche 911s. There’s likely to be a Ferrari or two in that buying history and perhaps, given the British nod, a few special, faster Jaguars


None really compare directly, the Bentley Continental GT is worth considering, especially as the current car is a good bit more agile than its predecessor, while Rolls-Royce’s Wraith is the super luxury firm’s idea of a driver’s car it’s crushingly expensive, one perhaps to buy when you’ve sold the company and retired, rather than while you’re still busy running it.  


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Aston Martin DB11 Interior Drivers Door

On the inside

Aston Martin DB11 Driving Side

Driving

Aston Martin DB11 Driving Back

How much does it cost to run

Aston Martin DB11 Exterior Side

Prices, versions and specification

Ask the heycar experts: common questions

How fast is the Aston Martin DB11?

The Aston Martin DB11 has 5.2-litre V12 that will get you to 62mph in 3.7 seconds and hit a top speed of 208mph.

Andy Brady

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Andy Brady

Is the Aston Martin DB11 a supercar?

It's fast. It's expensive. It's an Aston. It's a supercar - what else could it be?

Dan Powell

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Dan Powell

Are Aston Martins worth it?

Owning an Aston gets you to entry to a very exclusive club. But the membership is pricey. If you're buying new, you'll have to deal with depreciation. If you're buying slightly less new then you'll need to budget for some serious maintenance costs. It's an investment.

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Who owns Aston Martin?

Daimler owns a 5% stake in Aston Martin and has a deal to supply engines, while Aston Martin Lagonda Global Holdings is listed on the London Stock Exchange.

David Ross

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