What’s New For 2018?
The 2018 Aston Martin DB11 gets a new 503-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V8 engine option and also sees the return of the Volante convertible as a 2019 model made available for purchase this year.
What We Like
Beautiful appearance; excellent engine performance; great technology; return of the drop-top Volante model See the 2018 Aston Martin DB11 models for sale near you
What We Don’t
Big depreciation is a certainty; back seats are basically unusable; obviously very expensive
Fresh from its complete makeover last year, the 2018 Aston Martin DB11 is joined by the convertible Volante model and a new, lower-priced V8 trim breathing new life into DB11 portfolio.
That new life comes in the form of a gorgeous appearance both inside and out. While everyone agreed the old DB9 was beautiful, its aging design has ceased turning 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 it clear that this is the future of Aston Martin design. The design becomes even more alluring when its top is removed, as evidenced by the stunning Volante convertible.
But you won’t be surprised to learn that beauty comes at a pretty substantial price. The V8-powered DB11 starts around $199,000 with shipping, while the Volante convertible and V12 coupe both start right around $216,500. Adding options such as the $8,300 Bang and Olufsen audio system can quickly push the price of the DB11 into the $300,000 range. Of course, 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 are the powertrain options. Coupe buyers have a choice between a twin-turbocharged 5.2-liter V12 that makes a raucous 600 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque, or an all-new 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 that turns out 503 horsepower and 513 lb-ft of torque (this engine is standard in the Volante). Both engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic — surprisingly, not a dual-clutch transmission like most rivals use — and the result for the V12 is zero to 60 in 3.9 seconds, with a reported top speed of more than 200 miles per hour. The V8’s performance figures are nearly identical, yet its lighter weight results in better handling, making it the wiser of the two engine choices.
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.