Aston Martin has topped off its DB11 range with an AMR derivative. Here's what you need to know about the newcomer.
The current DB11 is a suave-looking and elegant grand tourer (GT) and despite its V12 powerplant, even the most devout Aston Martin fan would agree it's not the most performance-orientated coupe that the Gaydon-based firm has ever produced. The DB11 Aston Martin Racing (AMR) version, which was launched at the opening of the new Nürburgring-based AMR Performance Centre in Germany, features a heightened power output, improved dynamics, louder exhaust and cosmetic upgrades.
The big changes occur in the engine bay, where the 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged motor is upgraded to 470 kW and 700 Nm (the standard car produces 447 kW). Thanks to a reworked transmission, the new DB11 AMR is said to sprint from 0 to 100 kph in 3.7 sec (a 0.2 sec improvement), before going on to a top speed of 334 kph.
Aston Martin president & chief executive officer, Dr Andy Palmer, said of the DB11 AMR: "Since its initial launch back in 2016, the DB11 range has matured rapidly and intelligently, selling close to 4 200 V12-engined examples in that period. With the exceptional V8 Coupe and Volante we felt the V12 could reveal more of its sporting potential, while remaining the consummate GT.
"By applying a suite of carefully considered performance and styling enhancements the DB11 AMR is both faster (334 kph) and more precise. It's a combination that engages and cossets in equal measure to create a dynamic and seductive new flagship for the DB11 range, while consolidating the existing V12-powered DB11s as future collectibles," he added.
In terms of visual accoutrements, the DB11 AMR features carbon-fibre detailing, dark headlight surrounds and smoked tail lamps. The dark theme is continued with the interior, with monotone leather and alcantara upholstery and a bold, contrasting central lime stripe.
There is also the exclusive AMR Signature Edition, which has green and lime decals. For those who want even more, AMR avails accessories such as a carbon-fibre engine cover, exhaust tips, tailored luggage sets and a deployable spoiler that add further detail to the model's exterior, while a new carbon-fibre sports steering wheel and shift paddles continue the racier, bespoke feel in the cabin.
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