Aston Martin is clearly on a bit of a roll at the moment. Hot on the heels of the limited edition Vantage V600 and, oh yes, a submarine, the company has announced a new flagship to the DB11 range, the DB11 AMR.
The DB11 launched with a twin-turbo V12 in 2016, supplemented later with a V8 model. Aston is obviously keen to put more distance between the two variants and so the V12 is being replaced with the hotter DB11 AMR.
Don’t worry, that V12 is still in place under the gorgeous, muscular bonnet but now pumps out an additional 20 or so kilowatts for a grand total of 470kW. That’s enough to take 0.2 seconds off the 100kmh sprint – down to 3.7 seconds – and raise top speed to a nice even 334kmh, making it the fastest production Aston ever. It’ll sound better too (not that we had any complaints previously) with a ‘more vocal’ exhaust note.
Reinforcing the new, meaner character of the car are exterior and interior styling changes; the DB11 AMR has gone dark. Gone from the outside is the chrome, replaced with dark headlights surrounds, tailpipes and grille and smoked tail lights. Complimenting this is the usual extra smattering of carbon fibre than manufacturers like to add to their performance models.
The treatment continues inside with more dark leather and Alcantara, a sports steering wheel and, for some reason a lime green stripe up the seats. You can probably uncheck that option when ordering though. The DB11 AMR was launched at (where else) the Nürburgring where Aston also opened its new AMR Performance Centre.
The Aston Martin DB11 AMR has been confirmed for an Australian release later this year, priced from $428,000.