Aston Martin has long hedged its brand image on the success of its grand touring cars and the DB series has been at the forefront of their lineup for almost half a century. The DB series was first introduced in 1948 with the launch of the DB1, a 2-seat roadster powered by an inline 4-cylinder engine. The DB series would go through many changes over the next half a century, transforming itself over time into drop-dead gorgeous grand touring vehicles with the technology and the power to match its looks. Although the cars always produced remained true in form, the DB series name was shelved from 1972 until 1994 when the DB7 was released. This was replaced by the excellent DB9 in 2004 and in 2016 Aston again gave the car a thorough styling and technological overhaul with the introduction of the DB11. While some design aspects remain from its long heritage, the DB11 featured an all-new riveted and adhesive-bonded aluminum platform, shifting construction from extrusions to stampings in effort to create more cockpit space and bring the DB series into the modern generation. The DB11 comes in multiple variants including a V12, V8, Volante, and the most modern and power fun version, the DB11 AMR. Power for the V12 models comes from a twin-turbocharged 5.2-liter V12 engine, making it the first turbocharged production car from Aston Martin. Power is rated at 600hp and 516 lb/ft of torque and is sent to the rear wheels via a rear-mounted 8-speed automatic transmission manufactured by ZF Friedrichshafen. The DB11 has received massive amounts of praise from motoring journalists, who greatly enjoy not only the phenomenal good looks but the chassis and engine as well. The DB11 still remains in production today, as Aston Martins bread and butter grand touring offering of their current lineup.
The example on offer here, chassis number SCFRMFAV9HGL00875, is a 2017 Aston Martin DB11 V12 model. This DB11 is a one-owner example with a clean CarFax and has been cared for very well. It currently shows 11,090 miles and as a whole is in fantastic condition. The current and only owner utilized the car in the exact manner it was intended, driving regularly from his home in New Hampshire to his place of business in Connecticut. The car was regularly serviced by Aston Martin of New England in Waltham, MA and remains in excellent mechanical condition. Most recently, in April of this year, the car had a 1-year service completed, which included an oil and brake fluid change as well as a complete inspection. According to our available records, it appears that all manufacturer’s recalls have been addressed at this time. When ordered from new the car had a suggested retail price of $230,345 but was fitted with over $15,000 in optional equipment which included the following:
Leather Color – AML Special
Alcantara – Contemporary
Embossed DB11 Logo
First Aid Kit
Garage Door Opener
Personalized Sill Plaques
S/Wheel – Color-Keyed – Silver Bezel
Trim Inlay – High Gloss Chopped Carbon
10spk Directional Gloss Black DT
After the add ons and Transportation and Handling fees, the total suggested retail price came out to $248,931. The car is also currently fitted with a full clear bra on the front half of the car as well as the lower rear quarter panel area in front of the rear wheels. Due to its fantastic condition and well-optioned nature, this 2017 Aston Martin DB11 V12 presents itself as a fantastic opportunity to acquire one of the best GT cars offered today.
Body And Paint
The exterior of the car is finished in a magnificent and understated Magnetic Silver color. The paint remains in like-new condition throughout the vehicle thanks in large part to that addition of a clear bra that covers most of the front of the vehicle as well as the lower portions of the rear quarter panels in front of the rear wheels. There is some very minor pulling of the clear bra around some of the corners but one would need to inspect the car quite thoroughly in order to be able to discern the locations. The only other area of note is a small, very light scratch on the driver's side rear quarter panel just in front of the tail light that appears to be just in the clear coat and very well may buff out. The body is in like-new condition with no dents or dings to speak of. Panel fitment is tight and like new with no signs of any issues, just as you would expect from a practically brand new car.
Glass And Trim
The headlights remain in fantastic cosmetic and mechanical condition with clean and clear covers. Taillights are in likewise excellent condition. The windows are clean and clear and all have nice tight trim work around them.
All four wheels remain in excellent condition with the exception of a small portion of curbing related rash on the passenger side front wheel. The blemish blends in and is hard to spot although clearly there. A professional wheel refinisher may be able to smooth out the issue without having to purchase a new wheel.
Seats And Surfaces
This DB11 is very well appointed and much of the extra money spent on this car in add-ons was applied to the inside. Opening the doors reveals beautiful high gloss chopped carbon inlays on the door cards that remain in excellent condition. The personalized door sills have been swapped out for standard DB11 sills but they remain in clean and scuff free condition. The seats are in excellent condition with tight clean leather and nicely embossed “DB11” script on the headrests as well as beautiful contrasting stitching. The bolster on the driver's seat retains excellent structure and shows only very minor creasing in the leather from normal use. The pillars and roof are trimmed in gray Alcantara and remain in like-new condition. The black carpets and floor mats fit nicely and show minimal to no signs of aging. The black leather on the dash and steering wheel retains excellent fitment and color. The chopped carbon details continue on the center stack of the car where all buttons, displays, etc. remain in like-new condition.
Functionality And Accessories
This DB11 has been very well cared for and because of this everything in the interior remains in excellent condition. The doors, windows, and mirrors all operate as they should. The power seats both appear to move in a host of directions when prompted by their respective controls. The push-button transmission located on the center dash functions flawlessly. All buttons, switches, and knobs are in excellent cosmetic condition and all appear to function as they should. The car is fitted with a Bang & Olufsen stereo system that sounds absolutely amazing and the centrally mounted information screen provides access to navigation, radio, and a whole host of other functionalities of the car with a smooth and intuitive mouse style controls panel located conveniently in the drivers center stack.
ENGINE BAY AND TRUNK
The engine bay reflects the care the owner put into the car, appearing clean and tidy throughout with nothing out of place or worn looking. Surfaces are clean and factory stickers and markings abound throughout the engine compartment. In a nice touch, the final assembly plaque is signed by Dr. Andy Palmer, the CEO of Aston Martin, who personally inspected the first batch of DB11’s prior to their being dispatched.
The trunk of the car is trimmed in nicely fitting black carpeting with no issue to note. Included with the car are a fitted car cover, Aston Martin battery charger, and a front license plate bracket, all stowed neatly in the trunk for the next buyer.
There isn’t much going on with the underside of the car as its mostly flat plastic paneling that appears to be in excellent condition and showcases the careful manner with which this car was used. There is some very minor scraping on the front lip area but nothing out of the ordinary for a car that was used as it should be.
The big twin-turbo V12 barks to life with a quick prod of the starter button and settles easily into a smooth idle. There are 3 different driving modes available, GT, Sport, and Sport +. When Sport + is engaged, exhaust baffles are opened and the exhaust note goes from a dull throaty rumble to a sharp snarl that is absolutely intoxicating. The engine makes fantastic power in all three modes but when placed in Sport+ mode the engine truly comes alive and all 600 horsepower is at the driver's immediate disposal. While it may be termed a grand touring car, this DB11 is insanely fast while still providing the driver with a comfortable and enjoyable driving experience.
The 8-speed automatic gearbox is fantastic, providing smooth and issue free shifts when in automatic mode. When utilizing the stationary paddles located behind the steering wheel, the shifts are very fast and direct and provide the driver with excellent control over the RPMs of the car.
Brakes And Suspension
The brakes on this DB11 are absolutely fantastic, hauling it down to a quick and issue free stop with ease. There was some squeaking under light braking during our brief driving test, likely from lack of use for a bit. The suspension is sublime, comfortable yet extremely compliant. The steering is light and direct. This car was built to be driven and it's very apparent in the handling characteristics of the car.
The car is fitted with Bridgestone Potenza S007 tires on all four corners, likely the original tires as the date codes read early September of 2016. The fronts measure 255/40ZR20 and the rears are 295/35ZR20. All four tires have good sidewalls and ample tread left on them.
Aston Martin has always been the go-to name for drop-dead gorgeous Grand Touring cars with the performance to match. From the inception of their DB line almost 70 years ago, their cars have been lusted after by generations and the DB11 is no different. The cabin is extremely well-trimmed with all the amenities a driver could want, easily within reach. The big twin-turbo V12 engine can go from being docile around town to screaming its lungs out as it rockets toward 200 mph with the push of a button. With its striking looks that still draw inspiration from its heritage to its pavement-pounding 600 horsepower, the DB11 V12 is the ultimate car to cover distance in. Given its well-optioned nature and exquisite maintenance, this DB11 V12 is an absolute bargain for anyone looking for a world-class GT car.
- Exterior Colour Magnetic Silver
- Interior Colour Black
- Drive LHD
- Chassis Number SCFRMFAV9HGL00875