Future Models - Aston Martin 2016 DB11
Aston Martin confirms supercar testing in Oz
Bond: Aston Martin’s DB9-replacing DB11 was spied in Melbourne undergoing testing and could take cues from the DB10 (left) that was featured in the most recent Bond film.
British supercar-builder Aston Martin testing new DB11 in Melbourne
29 January 2016
UPDATED: 29/01/2016 16:30pm
ASTON Martin has confirmed a pre-production prototype, likely its upcoming DB11
supercar, is in Australia, where it is expected to undergo hot weather stress
The only future production model confirmed from the British marque is the
DB9-replacing DB11, expected to land sometime this year and, as Aston Martin
told GoAuto; local roads are often used to conduct trials of new and upcoming
“Australia is an important market for Aston Martin and we frequently use the
terrain to test our vehicles,” it said. “There is only one pre-production Aston
Martin vehicle undertaking testing in the market.”
The test car, which surfaced on the Melbourne Exotic Car
page, will likely make its way to the Northern
Territory for extensive hot weather testing and to make use of a speed
limit-free stretch of the Stuart Highway.
The Northern Territory has become a popular destination for supercars since the
derestriction of speed limits and has since seen Porsche clock 350km/h in its
918 hybrid hypercar and Bentley hit a speed of up to 331km/h in a Continental
Aston Martin previously announced that the new DB11 will be powered by a
5.2-litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine, rumoured to be sourced from
Mercedes-AMG after a powertrain agreement was reached with the German marque in
Although no power figures have been revealed, it is expected the DB11 will push
the performance envelope further than the soon-to-be-replaced DB9, which
produces 400kW of power and 860Nm of torque from a Ford-derived 6.0-litre V12
Reports also indicate the styling of the new supercar will borrow substantially
from the bespoke DB10 showcar used in the latest James Bond movie
Spectre, which featured a heavily sloped rear windscreen, low roofline
and prominent rear diffuser.
The production ready DB11 is expected to sport Aston Martin’s signature wide
and heavy rear haunches, as well as the slimmed down tail-lights, front-fender
cooling vents and wheels borrowed straight from the DB10.
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