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Aston Martin DB11 review – V12 Grand Touring at its finest? - Engine and gearbox

The DB11 is a fantastic GT car with a superb balance that is best on bigger roads

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from £160,000
  • Lovely chassis balance and much improved cabin
  • Engine lacks a little sparkle

Engine and gearbox

The new twin-turbo, all-alloy, quad-cam, 48 valve, 5.2-litre V12 is a mighty power plant. With outputs of 600bhp and 516lb ft, the DB11 is the most powerful road car Aston has produced this side of the considerably more expensive and more exclusive One-77. As well as being fast it is also more frugal as the V12 has cylinder deactivation (Intelligent Bank Activation in Aston speak) and stop-start. The power is sent to the rear wheels via ZF’s ubiquitous but very good eight-speed automatic gearbox. There is also a mechanical limited-slip diff, and active torque vectoring using the brakes.

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