Aston Martin has announced it will now offer the new and sleek DB11 with a smaller V8 turbo engine. And who better to supply them with this powerplant than partner Mercedes-AMG? Well it has happened. Mind you, this is in addition to the 5.2-litre V12. The new motor will be positioned as an entry-level DB11, if ever there was such a thing. It goes on sale globally in the fourth quarter of 2017.

That powerplant offers the driver some 370kW of power and 695Nm of torque. Yes that’s quite down from the V12, but the added character offered by the AMG motor should more than make up for it. Lighter by 115kg and more frugal, the DB11 V8,says Aston, will sprint from standstill to 100km/h in 4 seconds, and only stop accelerating at 301km/h. V12 what? While it is from Germany, it was Aston Martin’s engineering team that was entirely responsible for the engine’s installation, tailoring it perfectly for its application in the DB11 with bespoke air intake, exhaust and wet sump lubrication systems.

Visual differences with the V12 are quite subtle, and include unique alloy wheels, darker headlamps, and two bonnet vents. Interior standard equipment is the same too, including the Option Packs and Designer Specification packages, plus a suite of Q by Aston Martin – Collection options. Therefore DB11 V8 buyers should not feel cheated simply because their cars are less powerful.

“The DB11 is the most complete and sophisticated car Aston Martin has ever made,” Aston Martin President and CEO, Dr Andy Palmer said. “Now, with this new V8 engine option we have broadened its appeal by offering a car that’s more affordable while still blessed with the exceptional performance and memorable character that sets Aston Martin apart from its rivals. I’m particularly proud that this car is the first to receive an engine supplied by our technical partner, Mercedes-AMG. Not least because thanks to the nature of our relationship with AMG we have been given complete freedom to tailor this exceptional power unit so that it meets the particular needs and demands of an Aston Martin.”

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