Aston Martin has sent a prototype of their new luxury coupe to the Australian outback for hot weather testing, and CarAdvice’s Anthony Crawford has been afforded a rare opportunity to ride shotgun with the project engineer from Alice Springs to Mount Isa, some 1200 kilometres.
Under all that camo is an Aston Martin DB11 – the all-new successor to the long-standing DB9.
This is a completely new car from the luxury British sports carmaker: that’s new aluminium architecture, new body, new interior and a brand new 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 engine.
There are no carryover parts, with the exception of the door handles, the rest is all new. Aerodynamics features heavily on the DB11, which uses a specially designed ‘Aeroblade’ built into the C-pillar, which channels air out through small holes behind the pop-up rear spoiler.
In earlier testing, the system produced so much downforce that is was adversely compressing the suspension, which meant airflow had to be dialled back.
This is the car that will spearhead the next-generation of Aston Martins, so it’s essential all the new systems are functioning perfectly, particularly the sophisticated climate control system, which is able to detect the sun’s precise position and configure the most comfortable airflow for driver and passenger.
Our final verdict will have to wait until we get behind the wheel at the global media drive later this year, but early indications are very positive – this is a vastly superior car to the DB9 it will replace.