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2017 Aston Martin DB11: Overview

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author photo by Autotrader May 2017

What's New For 2017?

The Aston Martin DB11 is completely new for the 2017 model year, serving as a replacement for the brand's aging DB9 -- which came out way back in 2005.

What We Like

Beautiful appearance; excellent engine performance; great technology; completely redesigned, not just facelifted

What We Don't

Big depreciation is a certainty; back seats are basically unusable; obviously very expensive

Overview

The 2017 Aston Martin DB11 is the first completely new Aston model since the latest Vanquish first went on sale for the 2014 model year. The DB11 finally replaces the aging DB9, which first went on sale in 2005 -- and it breathes some new life into the exciting Aston Martin brand.

That new life comes in the form of a gorgeous appearance both inside and out. While everyone agreed the DB9 was beautiful, its aging design hasn't turned heads for a while -- but that won't be true of the DB11. It's gorgeous, unique and modern, and it offers a lot of handsome design cues that make clear it's a totally new car. Same goes on the inside, where things have been vastly improved over the outgoing DB9. The DB11 is, in a word, beautiful.

But you won't be surprised to learn that beauty comes at a pretty substantial price. The DB11 starts around $216,000 with shipping, and options can raise the price pretty dramatically from there. And, like all cars in this price range, options are plentiful: Aston Martin lets you customize basically anything, from technology and equipment to interior and exterior colors and finishes.

Then there's the powertrain. Under the DB11's hood is an all-new twin-turbocharged 5.2-liter V12 that makes a raucous 600 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque -- a huge boost over the outgoing DB9's 510 hp and 457 lb-ft. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic -- surprisingly, not a dual-clutch transmission like most rivals use -- and the result is zero to 60 in 3.9 seconds, with a reported top speed of more than 200 miles per hour.

All of that is tremendously exciting -- but we're worried the DB11 will suffer from extreme depreciation, as have other Aston Martin models. And while the DB11 is a "grand tourer," we strongly suggest that any touring should be done with just two people: the rear seats aren't really large enough for anyone but children. Nonetheless, the DB11 is a technologically advanced, high-performance marvel with a gorgeous new look.

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