2018 Aston Martin DB11

2018 Aston Martin DB11
MSRP range
$198,995 - $216,495
2018 Aston Martin DB11

What’s new

  • Optional V8 engine joins lineup alongside existing V12
  • Hands-free trunk comes standard
  • Blind-spot warning added as optional feature
  • Part of the first DB11 generation introduced for 2017

Pros

  • Powerful V12 engine offers stately grand-touring character
  • New optional 503-hp V8 engine makes for lighter, sharper performance
  • Distinct and lust-worthy design
  • Several colors, options and details available for personalization

Cons

  • Many common driver aids and safety features not offered
  • The rear seats aren't very useful


Which DB11 does Edmunds recommend?

We'd be plenty content with a DB11 off the shelf. It's got incomparable style, a richly detailed interior and enough tech to keep us satisfied. But what fun is off-the-rack when you can have made-to-measure? We'd definitely opt for ventilated seats to enjoy the DB11 on a hot day and might even spring for a higher grade of leather. We'd skip the midgrade Aston Martin sound system and vault directly to the Bang & Olufsen system, the better to maximize enjoyment of Wagner and Verdi on empty wooded backroads. Finally, we'd choose the new V8 engine option because it's lighter and promises more fun in the twists and turns.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

No car represents power, style and understatement quite like this silver-screen classic. The 2018 Aston Martin DB11 continues the work of its predecessors with drop-dead style, intoxicating performance, and refined European cachet. Sure, there are other lust-worthy cars on the DB11's level (a Bentley Continental GT or McLaren, perhaps), but few make driving such a dashing experience.

The DB11 is a grand touring coupe that succeeds Aston's DB9. Today's DB11 doesn't look much different than the DB9, but underneath is a revised aluminum body structure. Modern upgrades are more apparent inside the cabin, with improved materials and electronics, and underhood is a turbocharged 12-cylinder engine.

For 2018, that sublime 12-cylinder is joined by a new 503-horsepower V8 engine option sourced from Mercedes-Benz's high-performance AMG division. Aston officials say a V8-equipped DB11 is more than 200 pounds lighter than a V12-powered coupe, and that the smaller-sized engine is better centered within the car's wheelbase. The result is a car that handles with a bit more speed and precision than the larger-engine grand touring car.

Aston calls the DB11 a "2+2," which in theory means you could seat two passengers in the back. In practice, you won't want to, at least no one you consider family or friend. These are very small rear seats. No matter. A stately English grand touring car such as the DB11 needs only one other seat for a companion, a seat swathed in fine leather, decorative stitching and surrounded by a cabin swollen with luxury comforts. Sound, speed and sheer presence — the DB11 is more sensory experience than mere locomotion.

Trim levels & features

The 2018 Aston Martin DB11 comes in a single, well-equipped trim level offering a handful of stand-alone options. Luxury appointments such as soft leather seating and advanced tech come standard, and an extensive options list lets you tailor the DB11 to your personal tastes. At the heart of the beast is a choice of a 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 (503 hp, 498 pound-feet of torque) or a turbocharged 5.2-liter V12 engine (600 hp, 516 lb-ft) and an eight-speed automatic transmission that drives the rear wheels.

Standard features include 20-inch wheels, an adaptive suspension, LED headlights and taillights, a power-opening trunk, power-adjustable heated front seats, keyless ignition and entry, leather upholstery, a faux suede headliner, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 360-degree parking camera, and front and rear parking sensors.

Technology features include a digital instrument and gauges display, an 8-inch infotainment display with a rotary control dial, Bluetooth, satellite radio, iPhone integration, a USB input, a premium Aston Martin audio system, and an in-car Wi-Fi hotspot.

Of course, plenty of customization awaits. DB11 buyers can opt for upgraded leather, carpet, interior color and decorative stitching, as well as ventilated seats, an upgraded Aston Martin or a top-level Bang & Olufsen sound, and exterior enhancements such as a gloss-black body kit, several different 20-inch wheel designs, colored brake calipers, and cosmetic roof and hood treatments.

Driving

The DB11 delivers graceful acceleration when driven sensibly and rewards more spirited effort with satisfying engine noises. Sport mode livens up engine response and adjustable suspension sharpens handling. But the car's mass is felt near its limits; this is a touring car, not lithe sport coupe.

Comfort

The front seats are firm and hold you in place when cornering, and they're still suitable for long-distance touring. The rear seats are a nice gesture but are more suited to luggage overflow than humans. You'll hear plenty of engine and exhaust, along with lingering wind and road noise.

Interior

The DB11 is a vast improvement on DB9 predecessor, extending to its rich leather upholstery, wood trim and design. Gone are shared parts from lesser automakers, replaced with Mercedes-sourced electronics and switchgear. Using controls embedded in the glossy dash panel is distracting but better.

Utility

The rear transaxle reduces valuable trunk space, but there's enough room for a few weekend bags. Small-item storage is minimal. Most of your handheld things will go in the clamshell-opening center console.

Technology

Standard tech includes navigation with 8-inch display, a virtual instrument panel, and an infotainment dial-and-trace controller borrowed from Mercedes. No advanced safety aids standard, but blind-spot warning and self-parking system are optional. Available Bang & Olufsen audio is worth the money.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Aston Martin DB11.

We call her Jane
Scott,08/25/2018
I absolutely LOVE my new DB11 V12 Coupe. It is an exotic car, with the performance of an exotic car, but it is easy to drive and not as flashy as most exotics. We live the heart of Boston and driving around the financial district is as easy as our Porsche Macan Turbo. Visibility is great and the 360 camera system helps a lot in tight spaces. I worried a lot about scraping the front chin but in 3 months we have not scraped it yet. It feels and sounds like you are going faster than you are at lower speeds, but at higher speeds they all feel the same. It is not an exaggeration when I say going 75 feels the same as going 105, which requires frequent monitoring of speed on the interstate. The interior is absolutely amazing in every respect, and the seats are both supportive and comfortable, even after several hours in them. It is also one of the sexiest cars on the road. If you want an exotic that somewhat blends in, is lovely to look at and sit in, easy to drive and more performance capability than you will ever need off the race track, then you cannot go wrong with a DB11. If you do not care about gas mileage, then go with the V12.
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Features & Specs

MSRP
$198,995
MPG
18 city / 24 hwy
Seats 4
8-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
503 hp @ 6000 rpm
MSRP
$216,495
MPG
15 city / 21 hwy
Seats 4
8-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
600 hp @ 6500 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite DB11 safety features:

Front and Rear Parking Sensors
Provides audible alerts and aids in preventing or minimizing low-speed collisions with objects or pedestrians.
Pelvis, Thorax and Side Curtain Airbags
Protects in the event of collision, a nice thing to count on when your car can reach 200 mph.
360-Degree Bird's-Eye Camera
Provides a top-down view of the areas surrounding the DB11, helping to reduce the likelihood of collisions in parking lots.

Aston Martin DB11 vs. the competition

2018 Aston Martin DB11

2018 Aston Martin DB11

2018 Bentley Continental

2018 Bentley Continental

Aston Martin DB11 vs. Bentley Continental

For 2018, Bentley is offering its Continental GT as a convertible only, called the GT Speed. (Those who prefer a fixed-roof coupe will likely need to wait until 2019.) That's great news if you like drop-tops, especially since the 2018 DB11 isn't offered in convertible form (that will change in 2019). In most other respects, the Bentley is every bit the Aston's equal. The Bentley makes a bit more power from its 12-cylinder engine and includes some standard features such as navigation that are options on the Aston. But so it should — the Bentley costs around $50,000 more.

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Aston Martin DB11 vs. Mercedes-Benz S-Class

While not the superlative style and performance statement that the DB11 is, the AMG GT represents a tremendous value in this rarefied luxury performance car air. With 577 hp, the AMG GT can move, and its impressive German refinement and bulletproof build quality may have you wondering why you'd pay around $40,000 more for the V8-equipped DB (which offers 74 fewer horses). No doubt, the DB11 makes a style statement that the AMG GT can't touch, no matter how good it is. But it's one of the best bang for the luxury buck you can get.

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Aston Martin DB11 vs. Maserati GranTurismo

Perhaps only the Maserati can lay claim to the same kind of style statement that the DB11 makes. Where the Aston is all chiseled hoodlines and muscular side panels, the Maserati appears as if created by a particularly imaginative lava flow. It's round in all the right ways, square and squat in others, with unassailable Italian design and flair. It's the lowest powerlifter of the group, with its V8 engine outputting just 454 hp through an outdated six-speed transmission. But at around $136,000, you could buy the Gran Turismo as your weekend get-out-of-town car and have enough left over for a Porsche Cayman as a daily driver. That's not a bad garage.

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More about the 2018 Aston Martin DB11

The 2018 Aston Martin DB11 sits in an unusual niche. It's not quite a supercar like a Lamborghini Aventador, but neither is it a more common high-luxury or high-performance car like a Porsche 911 Turbo or a Mercedes S-Class. The DB11 is a car that's both exclusive and attainable, even if statistically few will vault to the tax bracket necessary to own and maintain one.

This makes the DB11 an attractive target for a buyer who wants one of life's finer cars but can't reconcile themselves to more exclusive supercars that cost as much as a tidy house in the Midwest. For the base price, the DB11 represents an exceptional value. Its drop-dead gorgeous lines and style are distinct, and power from either a turbocharged V8 or 12-cylinder engine is otherworldly and possibly worth every penny.

Although the core of the exterior design remains familiar, the Aston Martin DB11 features an aluminum structure that helps to shed some of the weight of its predecessor, the DB9. New for 2018 is a turbocharged V8 rated at 503 horsepower. Seen as a "sensible" alternative to the V12, the smaller, lighter engine also makes the DB11 comes alive with increased handling prowess.

The 5.2-liter V12 engine is rated at 600 horsepower and capable of carrying the DB11 at speeds of up to 200 miles per hour. The V12 was new for 2017 and is smaller than the former DB9's 12-cylinder, but dual turbochargers make up the difference and then some. Today's V12-equipped DB11 generates nearly 100 more horsepower than the DB9.

What you'll pay to drive away in an DB11 depends on how personal you want to make it. Some of the DB11's options are fairly desirable, such as ventilated seats and the top-shelf Bang & Olufsen sound system. Others are more superfluous, such as decorative headrest stitching, quilted leather surfaces, even alternative seat belt colors. Whichever interior color scheme you choose, whatever wheels, badges and body trim additions you ultimately decide on, let the incomparable shopping tools on Edmunds guide your way to your ideal Aston Martin.

2018 Aston Martin DB11 Overview

The 2018 Aston Martin DB11 is offered in the following submodels: . Available styles include V8 2dr Coupe (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8A), and V12 2dr Coupe (5.2L 12cyl Turbo 8A).

What do people think of the 2018 Aston Martin DB11?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Aston Martin DB11 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 DB11 5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 DB11.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

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