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2021 Aston Martin DB11

Starting at $208,425

8.5/10 C/D RATING
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8.5/10 C/D RATING

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  • Highs Epitomizes the grand-touring philosophy, interior and exterior command attention, AMR model transforms it for track duty.
  • Lows Cabin quality suffers from some miscues, V-12's power can overwhelm the rear tires, AMR's transmission prone to sudden upshifts.
  • Verdict The DB11 is both beautiful and brawny, which makes it a gratifying grand tourer.
By Eric Stafford


The 2021 Aston Martin DB11 provides a special type of theater, with breathtaking visuals and entertaining performance. The astonishing Aston Martin comes as a graceful coupe or a gorgeous convertible that the Brits call Volante. Both body styles are powered by a 503-hp twin-turbo V-8, while a 630-hp twin-turbo V-12 is reserved for the fixed-roof AMR model. Despite different cylinder counts and power ratings, each engine belts out a distinctly terrific tune and provides thrilling acceleration. Regardless of what hardware lies under the Aston's long and low hood, the 2+2 two-door is a pure grand tourer that's comfortable cruising through mountainside tunnels or blitzing apexes when the road becomes jagged. Its confident ride and responsive controls play an important role, but it's the balance of beauty and brawn that makes the 2021 DB11 so gratifying.

What's New for 2021?

For 2021, the DB11 adds a special Shadow Edition that adds blacked-out exterior details for a more sinister appearance. The package can only be applied to the V-8 models, and Aston says it will only sell 300 copies worldwide.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

    While we love the more voracious nature of the higher-performance AMR variant, it's not necessarily the best example of a grand tourer. Instead, we think the convertible Volante is the quintessential DB11 experience. Unfortunately, those who want the added character of the V-12 engine will be disappointed because the drop-top is only sold with the V-8. After selecting our preferred paint color and exterior trimmings from the myriad options, and subsequently sorting through the vast interior configurations, we'd add the Bang & Olufsen audio system and touchpad control for the infotainment system. The only other extras we'd recommend are the heated steering wheel for cold days and the blind-spot monitor to protect us from other drivers who are too distracted by the rarity of our DB11 to see its turn signals.

    Engine, Transmission, and Performance

    The DB11 offers two very distinct engine choices: a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 or a twin-turbo 5.2-liter V-12. The former develops 503 horsepower and 513 lb-ft of torque while the latter produces 630 ponies and 516 lb-ft. Both pair with an eight-speed automatic transmission that transmits all that power to the rear wheels. We've only tested a detuned version of the V-12 DB11 that made 600 horsepower and showed serious quickness, but Aston has abandoned the V-12 on non-AMR models. However, we most recently drove the DB11 AMR in northern Germany. There its massive thrust and athletic moves combined with an exhaust note that was equally melodic and menacing. We've also driven but haven't track-tested both V-8 versions. The DB11 coupe proved that fewer cylinders can be similarly quick and sound just as badass. 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.

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    Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

    With a powerful V-8 and V-12 as the only engine choices on the 2021 DB11, fuel economy is clearly a low priority. Still, the V-8 has respectable EPA estimates of 18 mpg city and 24 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 highway. We haven't had a chance to test an Aston with either engine on our 75-mph fuel-economy route—part of our extensive testing regimen—so we can't evaluate its real-world mpg.

    Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

    As expected, the inside of every DB11 is a plush environment that can be customized with fanciful leather colors and exotic materials. However, 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. Every model includes leather upholstery, heated and power-adjustable front seats, and passive entry. Those who want more upscale features can add a heated steering wheel and ventilated front seats. Unfortunately, there are not many places inside the DB11 to store small items outside of the center-console bin that slides open to reveal cupholders and a useful tray.

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    Infotainment and Connectivity

    The infotainment system is derived from Mercedes-Benz, with user-friendly controls and attractive menus. The 8.0-inch screen is controlled via a standard rotary controller, as well as an available 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 auto parking that helps the driver—you guessed it—park. 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. Key safety features include:

    • Standard 360-degree camera system
    • Standard front and rear parking sensors
    • Available self-park feature

    Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

    Aston Martin provides limited and powertrain warranties that are competitive with other high-end automakers such as Bentley. However, the company doesn't offer any complimentary maintenance as many of its competitors do.

    • Limited warranty covers three years and unlimited miles
    • Powertrain warranty covers three years and unlimited miles
    • No complimentary scheduled maintenance



    2020 Aston Martin DB11 AMR

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


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

    8-speed automatic

    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

    60 mph: 3.4 sec
    100 mph: 7.6 sec
    ¼-mile: 11.5 sec
    Top speed: 208 mph

    Combined/city/highway: 18/15/22 mpg

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