It looks like some of the Aston’s customers felt that the 5.2-litre V12 DB11 is too much for their daily needs, and wished if there was a ‘smaller’ engine on offer. Aston Martin decided to do something about this, and reached out to its friends at Affalterbach for a solution.
If you’re still wondering, the 4.0-litre V8 biturbo is from Mercedes-AMG, producing 503 hp and 675 Nm of torque, enough to propel the DB11 from 0-62 mph in just 4.0 sec and on to a top speed of 187 mph (300 km/h). Electronic calibration of the AMG engine includes creating a new ECU software and reprogramming the engine and throttle mapping.
The V8 is also lighter and more compact than the V12, which contributes to a saving of 115 kg and a kerbweight of 1,760 kg. Revisions has been made to the suspension bushing, geometry, anti-roll bars, springs, dampers and ESP software, to better suit the V8 model.
There are subtle visual differences between the two variants, including 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 V12 variant.
Inside, both V8 and V12 customers have the same standard equipment levels and the same extensive choice of colour and trim options. They can also elect to enhance the specification of their car via the same Option Packs and Designer Specification packages, plus a suite of Q by Aston Martin – Collection options.
Aston Martin President and CEO, Dr Andy Palmer said: “The DB11 is the most complete and sophisticated car Aston Martin has ever made. Now, with this new V8 engine option we have broadened its appeal by offering a car that will bring the DB11 to more customers around the world while still blessed with the exceptional performance and memorable character that sets Aston Martin apart from its rivals. Having driven the car during its development phase, it is not just the engine that has changed the character of the car, but also the resulting dynamic changes to create a remarkable GT car with its own distinct personality from the V12.”
The V8-powered DB11 is now on sale with a price tag of £144,900 in the UK, €184,000 in Germany and $198,995 in the US. Deliveries will commence in Qtr 4 2017.
The V8 DB11 made its debut at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed.