Aston Martin DB11 Video Teases Evil Twin-Turbo V12
The sound and the fury, now with forced air induction.
After more than a decade, it looks like the time is up for the timeless Aston Martin DB9 as the carmaker prepares the DB11, the highly anticipated successor to its gentlemanly grand tourer.
While spy photos of an Aston DB11 mule in full dazzle camouflage surfaced last week, the Gaydon, England-based company isn't slated to unveil its new flagship until the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March. Thankfully, Aston Martin was considerate enough to release a teaser of the brand-new V12 engine that will power the DB11.
The twin-turbo 5.2-liter V12 may mark the end of Aston’s purely in-house engine efforts. A deal struck with Mercedes-AMG in 2013 means that Affalterbach-based V8s are heading to Gaydon. A turbocharged V8 engine from AMG could replace the power unit found in Aston’s smaller Vantage model, but could also serve as a less powerful variant within the DB11 range as well.
That said, the new 5.2 unit promises to be one of Aston Martin's most powerful. According to reports, the new turbocharged V12 is expected to make approximately 600 horsepower—well more than the current DB9’s 510.
Despite the new forced-induction engine, the latest teaser promises that the Aston Martin V12's iconic sound and fury is retained. The rasp at then end is the stuff of Aston’s endurance race cars, which have been tremendous competitors at contests in Europe and North America. Turn up your speakers and press play. The Aston Martin DB11 will be unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March.