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2021 Aston Martin DB11 Coupe Review: Expected Prices, Release Date, MPG and Performance

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John Bedrow

Automotive Journalist

July 18, 2020 at 02:16 PM

Aston Martin has been in news for the stakes that have been shared by new hands. It needed a capital infusion to continue development and production fluidly. All those business aspects aside. Aston has changed for good and it's a grand tourer, the DB11 has been received well over the years. With the backing from Mercedes-AMG, DB11 is as good as any DB line cars could get.

Aston Martin is among one of the most valuable legendary car brands with a long glorious history. Now they make some The exotic cars in the automotive industry which showcases pure British Elegance and has undoubtedly become a desirable brand among true car enthusiasts. Of all the exotic cars in Aston Martin's stable, the Aston Martin DB11 which replaced the popular DB9 is the best Aston Martin has to offer with their finest engineering. Ok, it is not all British Engineering as the heart of the matter, the powertrain of the DB11 is sourced from Mercedes-AMG but still, it is the ultimate British Grand Tourer you want.

When Aston Martin introduced the DB11 in 2017 replacing the DB9, it became an instant success. It is mostly unchanged on the exterior with still retaining the exotic eye-catching design that turns lots of heads on the road. The interiors of the DB11 got time to time updates to make it in line with the current generation of cars and its rivals. Now for 2021, Aston Martin is bringing back the DB11 for the fifth model year of the first generation car but unfortunately without any major changes.

What's New in the 2021 Aston Martin DB11 Coupe?

  • New DB11 Shadow Edition limited to 300 units
  • Fifth-year model of the first generation car launched in 2017
  • Optional gloss black package
  • New sports steering wheel with Obsidian leather and Alcantara upholstery

Expected Price and Release Date of 2021 Aston Martin DB11 Coupe

The 2021 Aston Martin DB11 Coupe now starts for a price of $211,995 and is higher than that of the previous model. There is also the special DB11 Shadow Edition which is limited to just 300 units and starts at around $222,600. 

The 2021 Aston Martin DB11 Shadow Edition is available to order now but Aston Martin has not yet revealed when the customers will get their orders. The regular DB11 Coupe is expected to arrive early sometime next year mostly by January 2021.

What to expect in the engine department of 2021 Aston Martin DB11 Coupe?

There are no big changes with the powertrains as Aston Martin has retained the same Mercedes-AMG sourced V8 engine with the 2021 DB11 Coupe. This is a 4.0-liter Twin-Turbocharged V8 engine which produces 503 hp and has 513 lb-ft of torque on offer. And backed up with AMG reliability you are not going anywhere. The engine appears in the AMG GT as well. A point to note is that it’s piped differently to sound more like a screamer than a burble-er which usually the AMG cars are.

Transmission duties are handled with the help of an 8-speed automatic transmission and all this power is sent to the rear wheels through a limited-slip differential. All these are carried over to the 2021 model thus we expect that the 2021 DB11 Coupe will perform very similar to that of the 2020 model.

Models

2021 Aston Martin DB11 Coupe (Expected)

Bentley Continental GT

Porsche 911 Turbo S

Ferrari Portofino

Base MSRP

$211,995

$201,225

$190,700

$215,000

Engine

4.-liter Bi-Turbo V8

4.0-liter Twin-Turbo V8

3.8-liter Twin-Turbo Flat-Six 

3.9-liter Twin-Turbo V8

Transmission

8-speed automatic transmission

8-speed automatic transmission

7-speed automatic transmission

7-speed dual-clutch transmission

Power

503 hp @ 6000 rpm

542 hp @ 5750 rpm

580 hp @ 6750 rpm

591 hp @ 7500 rpm

Torque

513 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm

568 lb-ft @ 1960 rpm

516 lb-ft @ 2100 rpm

561 hp @ 3000 rpm

0 - 60 (Sec)

3.8

3.9

2.8

3.5

Quarter Mile (Sec)

11.7

11.8

10.5

10.9

*2020 Figures used for reference

The Portofino with its 3.9-liter Twin-Turbocharged V8 engine has the most power and torque in the segment which gives it the advantage in the 0 - 60 acceleration and quarter-mile timings. The Portofino just takes 3.5 seconds to reach 60 mph from a standstill whereas the quarter-mile timing is at 10.9 seconds. 

How does the 2021 Aston Martin DB11 Coupe Handle?

The DB11 Coupe is a true Grand Tourer car and driving it around the countryside will be very comfortable. And unlike some of its rivals like the Portofino and the 911 Turbo S, the Aston Martin takes a different stance in the way it drives. The moment you push the DB11 harder in the corners, you can feel a hint of body roll and the comfortably damped suspension is more focussed on providing more comfort than driving dynamics. 

Yes, you can still change the driving modes that include GT, S, and S+ which changes the steering and suspension setup to improve the handling but still on barebones, Aston Martin did not design the DB11 Coupe to be a full-fledged spirited sports car. In fact, the DB11 Coupe is slightly more comfortable and plusher than even the Continental GT. 

To sum it up easily, the 2021 DB11 Coupe is the only car in the segment to strike a perfect balance between ride quality and driving dynamics making it a great Grand Tourer. And as there are no major mechanical or chassis changes with the 2021 model, it is expected to have the same ride quality and driving dynamics of the 2020 model. 

How many miles to the gallon will the 2021 Aston Martin DB11 Coupe deliver?

With retaining the same AMG sourced 4.0-liter Twin-Turbocharged V8 engine found on the 2020 model to the 2021 DB11 Coupe, the fuel economy is most likely to remain the same. This means that this Coupe offers 18 mpg in the city followed by 24 mpg in the highway along with a combined mpg of 20 and the fuel tank capacity is at 20.5 gallons. 

The massive fuel tank capacity of the 2021 DB11 Coupe gives it great range making it a great Grand tourer as you do not have to stop for refueling very often as you would do on some of its rivals. And inter-state runs would be no issue, sitting back in comfort and not worrying about the next fuel station to appear. But only to be overtaken by the Continental GT on the highway which returns almost 100 miles more to a tank full.

Models

2021 Aston Martin DB11 Coupe (Expected)

Bentley Continental GT

Porsche 911 Turbo S

Ferrari Portofino

MPG (City)

18

15

19

16

MPG (Highway)

24

25

24

22

MPG (Combined)

20

19

21

18

Fuel tank capacity (Gallons)

20.5

24

17.6

21.1

Range (City/HIghway/Miles)

369/492/410 

360/600/456

316/404/369

337/464/379

*2020 Figures used for reference

Thanks to its better fuel efficiency figures and bigger fuel tank capacity, the 2021 Aston Martin DB11 Coupe has one of the best ranges in the segment with a combined mpg range of 410 miles. The Porsche 911 Turbo S even though having slightly better fuel efficiency figures, loses out on the range as it has the smallest fuel tank capacity at 17.6 gallons.

What to expect from the 2021 Aston Martin DB11's interior?

The interior of the 2021 Aston Martin DB11 Coupe blends British's elegant design with modern technology and results in a well-designed cabin. Though it lacks the exotic feel that you expect from a car of this price which some of its rivals do very easily. 

The seats by themselves are very comfortable and offer great support to the passengers. They have great bolstering to support you when doing some spirited driving and also get electronic adjustment which makes it easy to get you into a comfortable position.

Models

2021 Aston Martin DB11 Coupe (Expected)

Bentley Continental GT

Porsche 911 Turbo S

Ferrari Portofino

Passenger Capacity

2 + 2

2 + 2

2 + 2

2 + 2

Front Row Space (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

N/A

40.1/NA/41.9

39.4/55.6/39.2

N/A

Second Row Space (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

N/A

33.7/NA/41.9

N/A

N/A

Cargo capacity (cu.ft.)

9.5

12.6

4.4

10.3

*2020 Model used for reference

Even though being an exotic car in its segment, the 2021 Aston Martin DB11 Coupe still lacks the panache of say a Bentley Continental GT or the Ferrari Portofino. This relates to the design, plushness, and the overall feel of the interiors in which the Continental GT and Ferrari Portofino do a great job. 

Other than that, all these cars have the 2 + 2 Grand Tourer seating and the space on the interiors are also very similar. And when it comes to the cargo capacity, the DB11 Coupe falls back behind the Continental GT and Portofino with just 9.5 cubic ft which is lesser compared to the segment best Continental GT's 12.6 cubic ft.

2021 Aston Martin DB11 Coupe: Infotainment and Connectivity

The infotainment system on the 2021 DB11 Coupe is expected to remain the same as that on the 2020 model because Aston Martin did not make any changes in that aspect. This means that you are getting an 8.0-inch floating screen on the dash which can be controlled by a rotary dial on the center console or with the many physical buttons on the dashboard. 

This system by itself feels outdated and it is not up to the system found on some of its rivals. All the other features are very similar to those found on the 2020 model which also includes the digital driver's information display.

Will there be any changes to the exterior of the 2021 Aston Martin DB11 Coupe?

On the front, the DB11 Coupe remains mostly like it used to last year, albeit the new V8 Shadow Edition dips the grille, trims and wheels in a gloss black finish which would add to the standard no-option price of the car. But it looks meaner than ever with this new treatment. The usual DB11 can be had with bespoke everything exterior color, interior leather and stitching, you name it and the “Q” branch at Aston Martin got your back. Almost 3 years into production run, the new Aston Martin design philosophy has been taken well. 

The DB11 has one great advantage though unlike the Portofino and 911 Turbo S as it is the only car that looks elegant and sporty at the same time. The Shadow Edition of the new Aston Martin DB11 looks sportier with all its black elements but if you want one, be quick to do so as there are only 300 limits to be made of the same.

Models

2021 Aston Martin DB11 Coupe (Expected)

Bentley Continental GT

Porsche 911 Turbo S

Ferrari Portofino

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3880 

4926 

3528 

3669 

Length (in.)

186.6

190.9

177.4

180.6

Width (in.)

76.7

77.3

74.0

76.3

Height (in.)

50.8

55.3

51.1

51.9

Ground Clearance (in.)

5.7

5.6

6.1

4.7

Wheelbase (in.)

110.4

112.2

96.5

105.1

*2020 figures used for reference

All these cars in the segment are exotic cars and will turn lots of heads no matter where you drive it.  But each car has a different focus on their design as both the Ferrari Portofino and Porsche 911 Turbo S looks pure sporty than the other cars in the segment. Both the Continental GT and the DB11 Coupe look plusher like what a Grand Tourer should look like. A long hood consuming a V8 and rear wheels are like a chariot carrying you in utter comfort.

Will the 2021 Aston Martin DB11 Coupe be worth all the hype?

The 2021 Aston Martin DB11 Coupe is not for everyone as it offers a very different blend compared to traditional Grand Tourers like the Continental GT. The DB11 is pure British Elegance and also boasts their finest engineering which makes it unique than its rivals. 

It also has the power and driving dynamics which makes you want to drive longer and longer in the countryside. The main advantage of the DB11 Coupe over all these cars is that it is the only car that has the perfect balance between driving dynamics and ride quality making it a great Grand Tourer.

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