At this week’s launch of the new Aston Martin DB11 V8, the British luxury sports manufacturer told CarAdvice some of the changes made between it and the V12 version, were a direct result of customer feedback.
Take the suspension and engine modes. Owners told the company that there could be more separation between the three suspension settings – GT, Sport and Sport +, which Aston says has been dialled in on the V8.
But, when quizzed on the idea of even greater spacing between the modes, Paul Barritt - Vehicle Line Director at Aston Martin, agreed there might be an opportunity to stretch the steps even further.
“I know things we can do with this car, and you’re right, we could go a bit harder (in terms of suspension), but that’s something we could offer as an option later on, as we did with DB9,” said Barritt.
“The V8 version gets different front springs, while the rears are the same as the V12. Essentially, what we’ve done is to match the spring rates to the ride frequency up front, given the lighter engine,” he added.
However, there are changes to the rear suspension, too, particularly with the rear axle. So, the rear sub-frame gets stiffer mounting bushes for improved lateral stability.
We also asked Barritt about opportunities to turn the wick up on the 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, given the C63 S AMG, while producing the same power output, delivers more torque, or the same as the DB11 V12 (700Nm).
“In terms of power, our agreement with Mercedes-AMG is specifically for this 375kw/675Nm engine output, and we’re entirely happy with that for the V8.
“At some point in the future, we could get access to the more powerful motor of the same displacement that’s used in the E63, which actually has a different engine code and runs larger turbos and a different intercooler set-up. That powertrain generates 420kW and 750Nm.”
Despite the lower torque figure, the DB11 V8 can scoot from 0-100km/h in four seconds flat – one-tenth slower than the C63 S.