14 Aston Martin DB11

DB9 bows out after 13 years, new DB11 scores AMG power

ASTON MARTINíS replacement for its long-serving DB9 lands in 2016, the first product of Astons tie-up in Mercedes-AMG. The Mercedes deal comes at a crucial time for Aston Ė its range stagnant with the company unable to fund development of its next generation of models.

Under the DB11ís shapely bonnet will sit AMGís twin-turbo V8 and and a smaller, boosted version of Astonís current Ford-built V12.

Performance will improve and, crucially, emissions will decrease.

Hopefully Aston will be able to retain its signature exhaust notes.

Aston will retain the VH chassis architecture that has underpinned every model since the DB9, albeit heavily revised and with added lightweight componentry, while Mercedes will also donate the electrical architecture for Astonís next-gen models, another traditional problem area for small manufacturers.

Spied prototypes have the instruments, centre console and HVAC controls from the S-Class Coupe, and the updated electronics will also allow Aston to install the latest generation active safety gear, as befits a 21st-century luxury GT.

The DB11 will battle the Chiron, 911 R and TT RS for attention at a packed Geneva Show. M