DRIVEN | Aston Martin DB11SPECIAL FEATURE
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The sun rises on the horizon, its subtle effervescent hue casts the mountain road I’m stood on in a warm, crisp light, and the Aston Martin DB11 in front of me glistens against the dappled rays, beckoning me forwards, calling to be driven; and I oblige with glee.
When the DB11 launched earlier this year, people around the world ‘ummed’ and ‘ahhed’ at its beauty, and quite rightly so. As the first vehicle in Aston’s new ‘second-century-plan’, they had to make a bold statement from the off, and they’ve surely done it.
As a car that is so steeped in motoring heritage, where better to take it than the Isle of Man, and put it to the test on the world-famous TT course. Driving from the bustle of London to the remote, wild roads of the Isle of Man was sublime, comfortable and efficient. An average 27mpg for a 5.2 twin-turbocharged V12 is beyond impressive, and something fundamental to its Grand-Tourer name.
But it’s wickedly fast too. Slip the DB11 into Sport or Sport-Plus mode and you’ll feel every inch on the car twitch beneath you, ready to be released, like a thoroughbred out of the gates. It is, therefore, exactly what a supercar must be: wildly fun.
THE BODY OF THE CAR ITSELF IS SEAMLESS, AND EACH PANEL FLOWS EFFORTLESSLY TO THE NEXT, TO GIVE THE DB11 A PHENOMENALLY NOBLE LOOK, AND A LOOK THAT PROFFERS THE AIR OF A DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN.
Inside, the cabin is perfectly spacious. At 6’6”, I easily slid into the hand-upholstered bucket seats, and remained effortlessly hugged by the leather for the 7+ hours of driving around the island. However, there are elements that I found infuriating, especially had I spent £155,000 on the car. The sat-nav leaves much to the imagination, not only could it not map entire stretches of motorway, but it’s vast rectangular body protrudes from the dashboard, and I felt myself pining for it to disappear at the press of a button, alas is didn’t. The user interface isn’t ideal either, without a touch-screen, you find yourself fiddling around with the wheel selector, wasting not only time, but also attention on the road, which is not desirable in a 600bph, 200mph car.
Price: From £155,000
Engine: 5.2 twin-turbocharged V12 Top
0-60: 3.9 seconds
But those are minor, minor elements, and ones that didn’t come close to denting the pleasure I felt whilst driving this car. For me, the greatest symbol of the DB11’s power was the desire I felt to perpetually sit behind the wheel. Even after hours upon hours of driving, I didn’t want to stop, I didn’t want to get out, and that, for me, is the true test of a supercar.
Getting there: The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, prices from £83 each way, based on a 5 day short break crossing for one car plus two passengers, steam-packet.com
Where to stay: The Sefton Hotel. Rooms from £81 (Nov 16), 01624 645500, Harris Promenade, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM1 2RW,