It was only a matter of time beforeAston Martin
prepped a hotter version of itsDB11
. The British Automaker did the same for theDB9
, as well as theVanquish
, Rapide, and Vantage so a performance model Aston is as predictable as anAMG
. And from the looks of it, this extra-potentDB11
, which we'll call DB11 S, will follow the same formula of more power, and aggressive exterior upgrades.
Most noticeable is the mega-sized maw at the front. There's a bit of white-painted mesh to break up the front grille, but it's still clear that the opening has expanded all the way down to the front spoiler. That spoiler has been changed as well, featuring points on each side instead of one big arch.
Moving around to the side, the slender vent that extends from the wheel arch on the standard DB11 has been exchanged for something larger. It's shaped very differently as well, looking a bit like a shark's tooth or a Star Fleet badge from Star Trek. At the back is another significant change. The rear bumper now features a clearly functional diffuser for improved aerodynamics. Vents appear around the exhaust tips, too. However, the ducktail spoiler appears unchanged, as does the rest of the rear.
There are a couple of interesting details inside as well. This prototype is fitted with Recaro race seats, which are pretty neat, but will likely be replaced with cushier, leather-wrapped seats developed by Aston. Just behind the seats is something even more fascinating. This DB11S has a roll cage. It's hard to say if this is just a one-off for the prototype, or if it will make it to production. Certainly other companies, such asPorsche
, have offered roll cages in production cars. But in the case of Porsche, they've only been included on the most hardcoresports cars
. However, we're not sure this Aston is the same type of track-focused car that Porsche's caged examples are.
As a bonus, we also have more photos of the upcoming DB11 Volante,due spring of next year
. It's still sporting the '80s-grade shoulder pads to hide its haunches, but the rest of the car is pretty well exposed. Naturally, the little air scoop behind the rear quarter windows was lost with the switch to a soft top, but we expect everything under the fake steel panels will be very similar to the coupe, just like the rest of the car.Related Video:
via Autoblog February 20, 2017 at 03:00AM