Test driving Aston Martin's new DB11 in Pangbourne
PUBLISHED: 10:25 07 February 2017 | UPDATED: 10:29 07 February 2017
007… meet our 017 Maureen McLean, a shifty little number in love with Aston Martin's new DB11
On a dull winter’s morning, I was hoping James Bond would be waiting for me on the garage forecourt at Aston Martin in Pangbourne. Sadly, he must have been busy that day, but I was certainly left stirred and not shaken by a test drive in the new DB11.
Hand built in the UK, with a more space efficient bonded aluminium structure, it is an absolute dream to drive and is the epitome of British style and elegance.
No wonder, as you hit the accelerator it quickly racks up from 0 to 62mph in 3.9 seconds with a top speed of 200mph. Starting off with the GT driving mode, I soon settled in. The new DB11 is only slightly bigger than the DB9 so it’s still easy to manoeuvre. It even has cameras showing the wheels as you park… so no more scuffing the alloys.
My trusty Aston Martin co host was Performance Driving Specialist and former racing driver, Nev Foster. He suggested I switched the car into Sport Mode and perhaps put my foot down should I feel the urge. So, without further ado, I felt a rush of adrenaline as the car surged ahead like a finely tuned racehorse with 600bhp and 700Nm of torque. There’s a Sport Plus Mode too if you want that race track feeling…. shame there’s no autobahns in our counties!
As you would expect, the electric seats purr as they swish into place. There are two seats in the back suited to fairly agile adults or the kids. There’s enough space in the boot for golf clubs, so that’s another tick in the box. The dashboard is exceptionally stylish and the console has the very latest speech or touch controlled computer, along with a Bang & Olufsen music system. There’s only one choice of music for my drive and that has to be an 007 theme, Adele’s Skyfall of course.
The DB11 has that familiar Aston Martin roar and no wonder, with a new 5.2 litre twin turbo V12 engine. There’s a soft start feature if you are looking to make a slightly more inconspicuous get away, but I’d go for the trademark Aston Martin sound every time!
You can spec your own little beauty with a selection of trendy bespoke stitched leather colour interiors. On the day of my test drive, there was a shiny Cobalt Blue Aston Martin Vantage in the showroom with cream leather. Utterly beautiful! Yep that’ll be the colour for my order then.
New Aston Martin DB11 prices start from £154,900 for the Non-Launch Edition and £167,015 for the Launch Edition. If you can’t quite afford the new DB11, Aston Martin Reading has a selection of beautiful pre owned immaculate and timeless classics. Many have low mileage with price tags from around £50k upwards at Aston Martin Reading in Station Road, Pangbourne, RG8 7AN, tel 0118 402 1211.
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