Chassis and Design
The DB11 uses a completely new bonded aluminium platform. Lighter and stronger, it allows for wider door apertures and increased occupant space for the rear seats. The car is still a 2+2 and yes, there is more room in the back, but its not much. With a 1770kg dry weight the DB11 is actually only 15kg lighter than the DB9 it replaces.
Changes to the suspension setup are significant. At the front, you’ve got fully independent double wishbones, coil springs and three stage adaptive dampers. The rear is multi-link with adaptive dampers.
Those dampers can be controlled via a single button on the steering wheel and switched between GT, sport and sport+ mode. We spent time with Aston Martin handling setup guru Matt Becker prior to the DB11’s unveiling and he hinted at wanting to create a car with a broad dynamic character.
Aston claims this has been put into practise with the DB11, with the three stage adaptive damping varying significantly between each setting. The steering itself is a 13:1 electric power assisted speed-dependant tack and pinion setup which is 2.4 turns lock to lock.
The DB11 features both front and rear LED lights with the design drawing on that of the Vulcan and One-77 hyper car. Updated daytime running lights also feature, as does a single cut out for each light at the front in the huge single piece clamshell bonnet.
There are two significant new aerodynamic features introduced wit the DB11. The first is the “Curlicue” you see sat directly behind the two front wheels, First introduced on the Vulcan, it takes high pressure turbulent air from the wheel arch and sends it down the side of the vehicle as vortices, smoothing out airflow over the DB11.