The Aston Martin DB11 – replacement for the DB9 – has been caught testing at the Nurburgring. But just how much of the new DB11 is Mercedes supplied.
The Aston Martin DB9 is now thirteen years old, and although it’s still probably the best-looking GT car on the planet, a replacement is long overdue. Step forward the new Aston Martin DB11.
The DB11 moniker isn’t confirmed as the name for the DB9’s replacement, but AML has confirmed it will be a ‘DB’ with a number. And as James Bond has nicked DB10 for the new SPECTRE film, DB11 seems the most likely candidate.
Expected to still be based on Aston’s VH architecture, the new DB11 is going to have plenty of systems from the Mercedes following the AML/Mercedes deal, but just how much will be Aston and how much will be Mercedes?
It’s clear that plenty of the electrical systems will come from Mercedes – like the HVAC and COMAND – but ‘Aston-ised’ to hide their origin. But what about under the skin?
It’s thought Aston Martin will make use of AMG’s V8s and V12s to replace the old Ford-sourced V12 and Jaguar V8 currently in use, but the car pounding round the Nurburgring in this video seems to be using the Aston V12 rather than a Mercedes lump, although there’s every chance it could be boasting a turbo to boost its performance.
We probably won’t know for sure until the Aston Martin DB11 arrives at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, but there will doubtless be more detail surfacing in the intervening months.