Startech Aston Martin DB11 – German tuner takes V8-powered GT past 600bhp

Refinement specialist Startech to debut its upgraded DB11 at the 2018 Geneva motor show.

Startech, a subsidiary of renowned Mercedes-Benz fettlers Brabus, has announced its Aston Martin DB11 V8 SP610 ahead of the car’s public debut at the 2018 Geneva motor show. A visual makeover is joined by further upgrades that elevate the V8 DB11’s performance beyond that of the V12 version.

Under the bonnet is a lightly modified version of the ‘M177’ Mercedes-AMG-derived V8, which Startech’s parent company, Brabus, is of course well acquainted with. So it’s no surprise Startech has liberated extra performance with relative ease. New maps have been written for the ignition and injection systems, while the boost pressure on the two turbos has been turned up, too.

Subscribe to evo magazine

evo is 21 and to celebrate, we're returning to 1998 prices! Subscribe now to SAVE 39% on the shop price and get evo for its original cover price of £3.00 an issue, plus get a FREE gift worth £25!

> Aston Martin DB11 V8 review

Not only do the upgrades realise gains of 99bhp and 92lb ft of torque over the standard car, but they also take the SP610 past the factory-spec DB11 V12 in the output stakes, to totals of 602bhp and 590lb ft (compared with 600bhp and 516lb ft). The extra grunt cuts the V8 car’s 0-62mph sprint time from 4.0 seconds to 3.8 seconds (a tenth quicker than the V12) and lifts its top speed by 6mph to 193mph (still 7mph down on the V12).

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

The newfound performance is accompanied by a bespoke exterior that lends the SP610 a more aggressive, carbonfibre-orientated aesthetic and offers some aerodynamic improvements, too. There’s a chiselled front splitter that reduces front-axle lift at high speeds, along with more pronounced sills and an F1-inspired rear, all of it constructed from carbonfibre finished in high-gloss, matt or gloss-black at the customer's choosing.

The show car (pictured) receives the full works, arriving with copper accenting on the roof’s edges and side-vents. The contrasting hue also extends to the two-tone, 21-inch Startech Monostar wheels that are shod with Pirelli P Zero tyres.  

> Brabus Mercedes-Maybach S 650 claims 217mph top speed

Startech’s efforts to enhance the DB11 continues inside: this specific example combines grey leather with carbonfibre trim pieces finished in dark chrome and copper. Other intricate details such as the stitched headlining and headrests embroidered with the SP610 model designation showcase the level of customisation Startech is willing to offer customers.  However, Startech is yet to reveal prices for the upgrades.

Advertisement

Recommended

Visit/mercedes/18211/mercedes-amg-one-hypercar-shown-in-new-teaser-video
Mercedes

Mercedes-AMG One hypercar shown in new teaser video 

6 Dec 2019
Visit/mclaren/20911/customer-ready-mclaren-senna-gtr-revealed
McLaren

Customer-ready McLaren Senna GTR revealed

8 Mar 2019
Visit/geneva-motor-show/22384/goodyear-launches-new-concept-tyre-at-geneva-motor-show
Geneva motor show

Goodyear launches new concept tyre at Geneva motor show

5 Mar 2019
Visit/geneva-motor-show/22381/cyan-racing-introduces-its-03-road-car-concept
Geneva motor show

Cyan Racing introduces its 03 road car Concept

4 Mar 2019
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/sports-cars/202115/porsche-ditches-four-cylinder-for-flat-six-in-cayman-and-boxster-gts
sports cars

Porsche ditches four-cylinder for flat-six in Cayman and Boxster GTS

New models eschew turbos with detuned 4-litre from the Spyder and GT4
15 Jan 2020
Visit/toyota/gt-86/202104/toyota-gt86-vs-mazda-mx-5-vs-abarth-124-spider-lightweight-sports-car-shootout
Toyota GT 86

Toyota GT86 vs Mazda MX-5 vs Abarth 124 Spider – lightweight sports car shootout

Three affordable sports cars from Japan and, er, Japan battle it out on the Yorkshire Dales
14 Jan 2020
Visit/bentley/mulsanne/202110/bentley-mulsanne-675-edition-launched-to-mark-end-of-production
Bentley Mulsanne

Bentley Mulsanne 6.75 Edition launched to mark end of production

Ahead of the final examples rolling off the production line this Spring, Bentley has revealed a final-edition Mulsanne
14 Jan 2020
Visit/hyundai/201819/hyundai-i30-fastback-n-versus-the-nurburgring
Hyundai i30 N

Hyundai i30 Fastback N versus the Nurburgring

We brought the Hyundai i30 Fastback back to its spiritual home in Germany's Eifel mountains, where there is a racing track you might well have heard o…
7 Oct 2019