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Aston Martin’s brave new world – the DB11

Aston Martin’s brave new world – the DB11

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Aston Martin’s DB11 feels as if it is in a different century to some of its predecessors. Chris Pickering reports The DB11 marks the start of a brave new world for Aston Martin. Out goes the old VH platform that has underpinned most of the company’s models since 2003. The glorious naturally aspirated V12 that stretches back to the DB7 is gone now too (at least from this part of the range). In comes a new bonded aluminium chassis, plus an all-new 5.2-litre V12 sporting pair of twin-scroll turbochargers. This is also the first product of a tie-up with Daimler. Aston Martin is at pains to point out that the engine and chassis – and indeed most of the other parts – have been designed and produced in-house. Nonetheless, there are elements, such as the heating ventilation and cooling (