Although not quite as powerful as its V12 sibling, the more agile and lighter-weight V8 version still packs a punch.The long-awaited hit the Aston Martin DB 11 lineup like a Hollywood heartthrob arriving on the red carpet. The clean sheet grand tourer delivered a dramatic reinterpretation of the British brand’s core values, linking the best of its luxe roots with an unapologetically contemporary design treatment.
Now that Aston Martin has put loyalists at ease, they’ve released a V8-powered version of the DB11. In spite of the diminished cylinder count, our time behind the wheel revealed some pleasant surprises. For starters, the 4-liter twin-turbocharged engine—sourced from Mercedes-AMG—still packs a wallop, delivering 503 hp and 513 ft lbs of torque. While the power plant’s modifications for this application include acoustic tuning in order to diminish some of AMG’s signature low-frequency burble, it still sounds like a departure from the famously sweet-sounding wail of Aston’s previous, naturally aspirated engines.
Sharp-eyed Aston aficionados will notice the unique alloy wheel finish, dark headlamp bezels, and that the hood only has two vents instead of four. But that’s about all that visually separates the $201,820 DB11 V8 from the more powerful and marginally faster V12, which costs $17,500 more.
The Aston Martin DB11 V8 boasts the same level of standard equipment as the V12, and buyers can choose from the same extensive options menu and the same color and trim palette.
Unless you really must have 12-cylinder bragging rights at the country club, the lighter, agiler, more-entertaining-to-drive V8 is the more desirable of the two Aston Martin DB11s. That it’s also the less expensive of the two makes it an even more compelling choice.