Bentley beater? V8-powered Aston Martin DB11 gets a Nurburging workout
It looks like the Bentley Continental GT-fighting Aston Martin DB11 is right around the corner. A 4.0-liter turbocharged AMG V8-powered DB11 was recently spotted lapping Germany’s Nurburgring. While the V12-powered DB11 will remain the king of Aston Martin’s GT cars, the V8-powered version should be a little lighter and a lot of fun.
According to Autocar, the AMG V8 will belt out 525 hp in the DB11, or about 75 hp down from the V12. Dropping four cylinders should make the V8-powered DB11 marginally lighter than its V12 brother but probably not light enough to make up the output difference. The smaller engine will, of course, place it head to head against the V8-equipped Bentley Continental GT.
Aside from affecting the stats and the competition, the AMG-powered DB11 should save you some scratch. With the V12 version starting at $211,995, it’s hard to speculate how much you’ll save, but figure it’ll start inside $200K.
The DB11 was the first turbocharged Aston Martin to roll off assembly lines, so it only makes sense to source one of the most potent turbocharged engines on the market to fill the V8 role. Autocar expects these cars to start hitting dealers before the end of the year.
Click above to watch this V8-powered Aston rip around the ‘Ring.