Aston Martin has increased the performance of the DB11 with a V12 engine and race-inspired features, giving the top of the variant, the DB11 AMR, enough fire power to fight with his more powerful rivals.
Replacement of the two-year DB11 V12, which account for 40% of the annual amount DB11 sales, the DB11 AMR gets an uprated twin-turbo 5.2-litre engine that develops 630bhp at 6500rpm and 516lb ft at 1500rpm. While the latter remains unchanged, the first of which represents a significant increase of 30bhp over the outgoing V12.
Not only to ensure the hottest DB11 has now 127bhp breathing space in comparison with the entry-level AMG V8 car, it also provides the DB11 AMR, with the muscle to worry about his archrivals, including the 626bhp Bentley Continental GT W12 and 621bhp V12 Mercedes-AMG S65.
As suggested by the AMR name, an acronym for Aston Martin Racing, the new model becomes more than just a power increase. It also sends the grunt to the rear axle via a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and breathes through a new and less-restrictive exhaust system, designed to give the car a sporty tone. The combined results are a new 0-62mph time of 3.7 sec, two-tenths better than before, and a top speed of 208mph, a gain of 8 mph.
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The frame of the development team, headed by the chief engineer, Matt Becker, has provided the AMR variant with the most agile suspension and geometry of the young V8 model. Aston claims the improvements have improved its response capacity, but had no significant effect on the ability of the car to a comfortable grand tourer.
Aston boss Andy Palmer, said: “With the exceptional V8 coupe and Volante, we felt the V12 could reveal more of her athletic potential, while remaining the consummate GT. By applying a suite of carefully examining the performance and styling enhancements, the DB11, the RAM is both faster and more accurate.”
To signify its range topping position, the DB11 AMR is exposed to the carbon-fiber trim and gloss black detailing on its exterior. Chrome has also been converted into monochrome, with dark on the headlights and smoked rear lights. This more aggressive theme continues inside, where there’s more monochrome trim and Alcantara upholstery, with a lime stripe down the middle on the leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Alongside the regular trim options for the RAM, which now includes a new carbon fibre steering wheel, there are three Designer Specifications. Buyers can also specify a matching tailored luggage set.
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To the car’s launch, Aston offers a limited edition version of the RAM with Stirling lime Green and the livery that mimic the appearance of the division of the race of the models. This variant becomes more and more carbon fiber detailing and a trimmed interior Char black leather and contrasting lime details. Located only 100 will be made.
On sale now, the standard DB11 RAM is priced at £174,995, a jump of £17,095 on the outgoing DB11 V12. This also makes it the top model £30,095 more expensive than the entry-DB11 V8. The limited scope of running the model is the most expensive, with prices from £201,995. The first deliveries are scheduled for the second quarter of the year.
Aston will add a AMR model to its line-up later this year in the form of a new range-topping Fast. This car has recently been spotted testing on the Nürburgring and comes with claims that it’s going to be the market “the most exhilarating four-door”.
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