Aston Martin bills its new DB12 grand tourer as a “super tourer” because, the British automaker says, “grand is not enough” to describe the DB11’s successor. Marketing fluff aside, the new DB12 appears to be a super new entry into a segment where its closest rival is the Ferrari Roma. The overall look will be familiar to Aston fans, and the interior steps up to a “super” level of grand touring luxury and tech. The Mercedes-AMG twin-turbo V8 gets a boost to a very super 671 horsepower, easily exceeding the DB11’s V8 and V12. Customer deliveries start in fall.
Aston Martin introduced its DB11 flagship model in 2017 and now, for 2019, it becomes the DB11 AMR. As if the original was not fast enough, the Aston Martin Racing sub-brand has stepped in to dial it up another few notches. While at it, AMR crafted a new top-of-line four-door, the Rapide AMR.
The 2018 Aston Martin DB11 offers unassailable proof of the strength of character, an unquantifiable trait that has defined this marque since the David Brown era revved up in the 1950s.