Aston Martin Manila is expanding its offering of the British carmaker’s DB11 line by bringing in a V8-powered version to complement the V12 model which was launched locally just over a year ago in February 2017.
“We are thrilled to unveil the V8-powered DB11 in Manila,” said Aston Martin Asia Pacific President Patrik Nilsson. “The Philippines was our strongest market last year in the Southeast Asia region, and we expect continuing growth in demand for DB11, particularly with the arrival of the V8-powered model. It is clear that the Philippines market has a strong affinity with our brand.”
The V8-powered DB11 has a 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 engine that, paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission, produces 503 hp and 672 Nm of torque and propels the grand tourer from zero to 100 kph in 4.0 seconds before it reaches its top speed of 301 kph. What makes this performance even more impressive is the DB11’s efficiency, with CO2 emissions at 230g/km and a combined fuel economy figure of 12 km/l.
To go with the new engine for the DB11, Aston Martin’s engineers designed new engine mounts for it, which together with the bespoke, slimline wet sump system enables the V8 to be mounted as low as possible for an optimized center of gravity. The V8 engine is also lighter and more compact than the V12, which contributes to a saving of 115 kg and a kerb weight of 1,760 kg.
Electronic calibration of the V8 engine included creating new ECU software and reprogramming the engine and throttle mapping to ensure it possesses the all-important feel and sound for which Aston Martins are renowned.
With more of that mass centered within the wheelbase, the V8-engined DB11 has an increased sense of agility–a quality that has been fully exploited with detailed revisions to the suspension bushing, geometry, anti-roll bars, springs, dampers and ESP software. By carefully crafting its dynamic character to be distinct from that of the V12, the V8 appeals to those customers drawn to a refined and comfortable GT with a more sporting bias.
There are subtle visual differences between the two variants that include a unique alloy wheel finish, dark headlamp bezels and a pair of bonnet vents instead of the quartet featured on the V12. These vents come in a choice of black or titanium-finish mesh, again different from that fitted to the 12-cylinder variant.
The same standard equipment level and extensive palette of color and trim options are offered on both variants of the beautiful DB11. Customers can also commission and tailor their very own Aston Martin with Q by Aston Martin: Collection and Commission services.
“With the offering of the V8 engine on the DB11, I am confident that we will broaden the appeal and draw more customers to our brand,” shared Aston Martin Manila Chairman and President Marc Tagle. “We are looking forward to seeing more of our favorite GT on the streets of the Philippines. Our customers will enjoy the invigorating drive experience this sporty model can offer in our vibrant country.”
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