First the bad news: just because Aston Martin is adding a V8 engine to the DB11 lineup, doesn’t mean that the car is much more affordable, just in case you’ve been holding out. Indeed, if price is important to you, then might I divert your attention to the 2018 Lexus LC 500instead. The V8-powered DB11 is on an entirely different level, distinguishing itself intriguingly when compared to the driving dynamics and characteristics of the 600 horsepower V12 DB11 we drove earlier this year.
Even though the two cars are essentially the same, beyond their engine and a few exterior changes, the two cars handle in a completely different way. Aston Martin President and CEO Andy Palmer says it best: “we’re not in the business of making Russian nesting dolls.” All the same, you’d be forgiven if with the two cars side-by-side you couldn’t tell the differences. Happily I’ve got you covered – along with chief officer and studio head at Aston Martin, Marek Reichman – and can walk you through the subtle changes in the design elements between the 12-cylinder and V8 engine.
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