Aston Martin’s Spellbinding DB11 Doubles Up On Twin-Turbo Motors

first_img How do you improve upon one of the finest Grand Touring vehicles on the market? Offer not one, but two silky smooth powertrains.The standard Aston Martin DB11 is a work of art. We first experienced the DB9 replacement last year, and were instantly wowed by its striking design, refined cabin, and scalable performance. Now we’ll have another reason to appreciate the sports car: an AMG-sourced V8.Complementing the DB11’s existing 5.2-liter twin-turbocharged V12 is a twin-turbocharged V8 tuned to produce 503hp and 513 lb-ft of torque. Though down about 100 horsepower to the larger mill, the smaller, lighter V8 will give the DB11 a sportier character and improved efficiency. Aston Martin quotes a 0-60 mph sprint of 4.0 seconds and a top speed of 187 mph for the V8-powered version. By comparison, the V12 model hits 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and tops out at 211 mph.“To be able to offer not one, but two exceptional GT cars is terrific for Aston Martin and our customers,” said Aston Martin Chief Technical Officer Max Szwaj. “I’m particularly proud that this car is the first to receive an engine supplied by our technical partner, Mercedes-AMG.”In its base form, this 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8 is used in the Mercedes-AMG C63, AMG GT S, and other AMG performance vehicles, but Aston Martin has developed a bespoke air intake, exhaust and wet sump lubrication systems for the DB11. The powertrain will also be tailored to the DB11’s GT performance, with unique throttle mapping and power delivery.“The DB11 is the most complete and sophisticated car Aston Martin has ever made,” quipped Aston Martin President and CEO Dr. Andy Palmer. “Now, with this new V8 engine option we have broadened its appeal by offering a car that will bring the DB11 to more customers around the world while still blessed with the exceptional performance and memorable character that sets Aston Martin apart from its rivals.”Prices for the entry-level (if you can call it that) V8-powered DB11 will start at $198,995. The 6.0-liter V12 variant will command a $17,500 premium. The V8-powered DB11 will debut this weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Aston Martin dealers are accepting orders as of today. This $500,000 Armored Bentley Protects Against Hand Grenade Attacks 1 of 10 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now The Maserati Quattroporte: Luxury You Can Sort of Almost Imagine Affording Previous center_img Next Give Your Hypercar the Garage It Deserves with a Custom Aston Martin Lair Editors’ Recommendations A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing last_img read more

Busy day at beaches

PORT DOVER Students from Norfolk County and beyond skipped classes Friday to hit the beaches of Port Dover, Turkey Point and Long Point for the day.While Friday was a PA day for public and Catholic elementary teachers and students, high school students were expected to be in class.“Grand Erie District School Board does not endorse this day, as our focus is on student achievement,” said Denise Martins, a superintendent of education with the Grand Erie District School Board.“It is a regularly scheduled school day, and Grand Erie students are expected to be in class. Students who are away must provide documentation to verify any absence.”Stefanie Harrison and Hannah Melnychuk, Grade 12 students at St. John’s College in Brantford, were enjoying the beach in Port Dover.“We just told our teachers it was senior skip day,” said Harrison. “We heard about it through a lot of our friends.”“We got here around 11:30 (a.m.), we’ll probably be here for the rest of the day,” said Melnychuk.Eric Davidson, a Grade 10 student at Waterford District High School, said he was at the beach because his friends asked him to go.“I went swimming, watched a fight and jumped off the pier,” said Davidson.Myla Selway, a Grade 8 student at Elgin Avenue Public School in Simcoe, was spending her day at the beach with a friend.“We had nothing else to do,” Selway said.Lindsay Reid, a Grade 11 student at Waterford, was also in Port Dover with friends.“I just wanted to spend time with some friends,” Reid said about why she was at the beach.This year was no different in terms of reports to police concerning Beach Day activities.“We had quite a few calls in various areas as a result of Beach Day,” said Norfolk OPP Const. Ed Sanchuk.A 16-year-old male was extremely intoxicated and was found jumping in front of traffic on Clubhouse Road in Turkey Point. Police arrived, arrested him, and held him in custody until he was sober.Also in Turkey Point several small fights broke out as a result of a larger altercation taking place, which led to multiple arrests of minors.In Port Dover there were reports of underage drinking, littering, and multiple fights.“Every year we hear parents saying that the police are out there ruining the fun,” said Sanchuk. “I can tell you we’ve had reports of fights, assaults, littering, mischief, and disturbed peace. That’s why the police are down there.”There were several counts of underage intoxication between the different local beaches.astaylor@postmedia.comPort Dover beach is packed this Beach Day.— The Simcoe Reformer (@Simcoe_Reformer) June 7, 2019 read more