The undeniably exotic 2022 Aston Martin DB11 toes the line between sports car and grand tourer. Its long, low, and wide-body turn heads whether configured with the fixed roof or the retractable soft top. Now more than ever, Aston Martin expertly combines luxury with prestige and performance. For 2022, the British automaker increased the 2022 Aston Martin DB11’s output from 503 to 528 horsepower.
This is delivered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine sourced from Mercedes-AMG. And despite some interior miscues and minuscule rear seats, the 2022 Aston Martin DB11 has a comfortable and highly customizable cabin. The available Sport Plus seats have unique side bolsters maximizing support when cornering. A 5.2-liter V12 is also part of the lineup, just like a convertible variant known as DB11 Volante.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The 2022 Aston Martin DB11 offers two engine choices: a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 or a twin-turbocharged 5.2-liter V-12. The former develops 528 horsepower and 513 pound-feet of torque while the latter makes 630 ponies and 516 pound-feet.

Both pair with an eight-speed automatic transmission that transmits all that torque to the rear wheels. We’ve tested a detuned, 600-hp version of the V-12 DB11, which showed serious quickness. More recently, we drove the V-12-powered DB11 in northern Germany and reveled in its massive thrust, athletic moves, and an exhaust note that’s equally melodic and menacing. We’ve also driven the V-8 models.

The 2022 Aston Martin DB11 coupe proved that the eight-cylinder can be about as quick and sound just as badass as the 12. Likewise, the droptop DB11 Volante we drove was a stunning way to experience the south of France. While it’s not available with the V-12, the Volante thankfully doesn’t sacrifice performance.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

With a powerful V-8 and V-12 as the sole engine choices on the 2022 Aston Martin DB11, fuel economy is clearly a low priority. Still, the V-8 earns a respectable 18 mpg city and 24 mpg highway. The 12-cylinder alternative is less thrifty, with ratings of 15 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway.

For comparison, the W-12-powered Bentley Continental GT is even less efficient, at 12 mpg city and 20 mpg highway. We haven’t had a chance to test any Aston Martin DB11 on our 75-mph fuel-economy route—part of our extensive testing regimen. For more information about the DB11’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

The inside of every DB11 is plush and can be customized with fanciful colors and exotic materials. We’ve noticed some inconsistent panel fitment and surprisingly cheap-feeling switchgear. Still, these issues are minor compared with the otherwise extravagant and heart-pounding experience of driving this car.

Every model includes leather upholstery, heated and power-adjustable front seats, and passive entry. A heated steering wheel and ventilated front seats are on offer. There aren’t many places inside the DB11 to store small items apart from the center-console bin, which slides open to reveal cupholders and a useful tray.

Infotainment and Connectivity

Derived from Mercedes-Benz, the infotainment system provides user-friendly controls and attractive menus. You select things on the 8.0-inch screen via a standard rotary controller or the optional touchpad on the center console. Along with a 400-watt audio system and SiriusXM satellite radio, Aston gives every DB11 a Wi-Fi hotspot. Shoppers can upgrade to either a 700-watt sound system or a 1000-watt Bang & Olufsen unit.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

Those interested in driver-assistance technology can add blind-spot monitoring and parking-assistance software. For more information about the DB11’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites.

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2022 Aston Martin DB11

2022 Aston Martin DB11

2022 Aston Martin DB11

2022 Aston Martin DB11

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Full Specifications

VEHICLE TYPE
front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2+2-passenger, 2-door coupe

BASE PRICE
$248,986

ENGINE TYPE
twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 48-valve V-12, aluminum block and heads, port fuel injection
Displacement
318 in3, 5204 cm3
Power
630 hp @ 6500 rpm
Torque
516 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm

TRANSMISSION
8-speed automatic

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 110.4 in
Length: 187.0 in
Width: 76.8 in
Height: 50.8 in
Passenger volume: 77 ft3
Trunk volume: 10 ft3
Curb weight (C/D est): 4200 lb

PERFORMANCE (C/D EST)
60 mph: 3.4 sec
100 mph: 7.6 sec
¼-mile: 11.5 sec
Top speed: 208 mph

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 18/15/22 mpg

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