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New, more powerful, flagship for Aston Martin

  • DB11 AMR becomes flagship model of DB11 range
  • Even sharper handling, new V12 exhaust tune 
  • Top speed now to 330km/h, 0-100 in 3.7sec
Image: Aston Martin
Image: Aston Martin

NURBURGRING, Germany – Aston Martin has added a dimension of race-inspired dynamism and performance to its DB11 family with the DB11 AMR being launched at the brand’s new the brands new performance centre at the ‘Ring.

The car replaces the outgoing V12-engined DB11 to become the flagship of the DB11 range. The supercar is said to have ”more power, better performance, enhanced driving dynamics and a more characterful exhaust note, together with exterior and interior enhancements”.

”Together,” AMR says, ”they create a DB11 with a more vivid driving experience, yet preserves the maturity and effortless continent-crushing GT performance for which the original V12-engined DB11 is renowned.”

MORE POWER, MORE SPEED: Image: Aston Martin
MORE POWER, MORE SPEED: Image: Aston Martin

The new DB11, its maker says, was inspired by AMR’s successful endurance programme. ”It pushes the envelope of performance for each model in Aston Martin’s range.

TWIN-TURBO V12

”Launched at the Geneva auto show in 2017, the performance derivative has already delivered the previous-generation Vantage AMR and AMR Pro, with the highly-anticipated Rapide AMR next.”

At the heart of the DB11 AMR is Aston Martin’s twin-turbo 5.2-litre V12 (above) that can make 470kW – 22kW more that the outgoing DB11 V12, and 94kW more than the V8 DB11.

Torque is unchanged at 700Nm and the 0-100 dash is 0.2sec quicker. All of which, AM says, makes the DB11 AMR one of the world’s swiftest GT cars and the fastest in AM’s current series production range.

Handling of the DB11 AMR was refined by Aston Martin’s dynamics team, led by chief engineer Matt Becker which, the automaker says, ”has delivered a greater sense of connection without harming the supple ride”.

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A shift re-calibration of the transmission and a slightly more vocal exhaust note has, AM says, ensured the DB11 AMR expresses its character more explicitly when Sport mode is engaged.

Aston Martin’s president and chief executive Andy Palmer said of the DB11 AMR: “Since its initial launch back in 2016 the DB11 range has matured rapidly and intelligently, selling close to 4 200 V12 units in that period.

”With the exceptional V8 Coupe and Volante we felt the V12 could reveal more of its sporting potential, while remaining the consummate GT. By applying a suite of carefully considered performance and styling enhancements the DB11 AMR is faster and more precise.

”It’s a combination that engages and cossets in equal measure to create a dynamic and seductive new flagship for the DB11 range, while consolidating the V12 DB11s as future collectibles.”

MORE POWER, MORE SPEED: Image: Aston Martin
MORE POWER, MORE SPEED: Image: Aston Martin

The DB11 AMR can be distinguish by a co-ordinated palette of exposed carbon-fibre and gloss-black body and cabin detailing. All exterior brightwork has a monochrome treatment: dark headlight surrounds and smoked tail lights complimented by a gloss-black roof, roof strakes, sills and splitter.

The dark theme continues inside, with monotone leather and alcantara upholstery and a bold contrasting central lime stripe, while DB11 AMR is treated to a leather sport steering-wheel.

PRICES AND DELIVERY DATES

Three designer specifications are available, plus an exclusive AMR Signature Edition, which carries a striking green and lime livery. Carbon-fibre is apparent on the bodywork and throughout the cabin, the latter having dark leather and lime detailing.

Strictly limited to 100 units worldwide, the AMR Signature Edition is priced at £202 000 – about R3.5-million (May 2018).

…AND THE OPTION S

Options include a carbon-fibre engine cover, exhaust tips and deployable spoiler.  A new carbon-fibre sports steering wheel and paddle-shifters bring that same AMR ethos within the cabin. Tailored luggage sets are available to match the car’s specification.

The Aston Martin DB11 AMR is available from £177 000 (about R3-million). First deliveries Q2 2018.

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