On my second Aston, I’ve been in love with the brand, like many others, since the movie Goldfinger. Say what you will about Sean Connery, the real star of the movie was the DB5, with or without machine guns, oil sprays, or ejection seats. The Aston Martin DB5 was beautiful to look at from every angle, and I wanted one badly. Ah well.
But for a long while, tiny Aston Martin just didn’t have the financing to compete in the ultra-luxury niche it has played in for a century. With hits and misses along the way, Aston has always lagged the industry in both innovation and electronics. Cash infusions from various players have steadied the ship since 2018 and Aston’s cars have incrementally improved. Starting in 2015, the DB11, Vantage, DBX and hypercars Valkyrie and Valhalla turned Aston Martin around and has led to the creation of the all new DB12.
The new DB12 replaces 80% of the older DB11 and heads Aston Martin’s cars in a very different, very modern, direction. Aston Martin describes the new DB12 as a ‘super tourer’, because, well, why not? It’s their marketing department.
With hallmarks of the replaced DB11, the DB12 may look familiar on the outside, but 80% of the car is new. The no longer available V12 is replaced by the DB12’s 4.0L V8, now capable of 671 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, and Aston claims 0-60 times of 3.5 seconds and a top end speed to 202 MPH. Amazing numbers for a 4142 pound car.
Designed as a touring car, Aston Martin stresses the new car is a drivers car made for both cruising and driving con brio. The company says the DB12 is its “most complete and accomplished” DB model yet, with the ability to blur the lines between total comfort and out and out handling capability.
- DB12 heralds a new era for Aston Martin as the first of its next generation sportscars
- Bold new DB12 delivers a quantum shift and sets the benchmark for performance, ultra-luxury and style
- Best-in-class power output of 670 HP from 4.0 V8 Twin-Turbo engine elevates the level of driving excitement to a new standard
- All-new suspension system featuring new intelligent adaptive dampers, Electronic Rear Differential (E-diff) and Aston Martin bespoke 21in Michelin Pilot Sport 5 S tyres amongst technical highlights
- State-of-the-art Aston Martin infotainment system forms centrepiece of all-new interior
- Ultra-luxurious interior design focuses on a driver centric cockpit, integrating latest technologies with luxury craftmanship and materials
- Top speed of 202 mph, 0-60 in 3.5 seconds
- Deliveries scheduled to begin Q3 2023
A major DB12 landmark is the introduction of Aston Martin’s next-generation infotainment. Entirely bespoke, designed and developed by Aston Martin, it is the marque’s first in-house system. The new system, which supports wireless Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™*, is a fully integrated multi-screen system And that’s what’s going to define Aston Martin going forward. From constantly playing catch-up to leveling the playing field, Aston’s technology is soon to be the envy of the industry.
The DB12 comes as Aston Martin celebrates two significant milestones in 2023; its 110th anniversary and 75 years of the illustrious DB model line. It also comes at a time when Aston Martin is enjoying one of the most dynamic periods in its 110-year history thanks to continued podium success in the 2023 Formula 1® season. Competing at the pinnacle of world motorsport remains a key pillar of the marque’s brand and product strategy. going forward.
DB12’s core values of high-performance and ultra-luxury are spearheading Aston Martin’s next generation of sports cars. As such it heralds a new era. One which will see all Aston Martin models characterised by prodigious performance and pinpoint dynamics, seamless integration of advanced technologies and the sublime style and exemplary craftsmanship for which the brand has long been renowned.
Roberto Fedeli, Group Chief Technology Officer of Aston Martin said of the new DB12:
“DB12 is a statement car. One that asserts Aston Martin’s position as a leader in performance, dynamics, engineering and technology. We have pushed every aspect of this car to be best-in-class. The result is more power and performance than its rivals. Combined with exceptional handling and an exciting soundtrack, it is a car with passion and a truly sporting character. Crucially, thanks to its breadth of capability we have achieved this without compromising refinement, comfort and luxury. Together with our use of industry-leading dynamic control and infotainment systems, DB12 is the start of Aston Martin’s most exciting new era.”
“DB12 intuitively knows what the driver is wanting and effortlessly gives them that optimal combination at any driving moment. It’s this total experience that separates the DB12 as the first breed of Super Tourer”.
Amedeo Felisa, Chief Executive Officer of Aston Martin, said of the new DB12:
“When a brand has as much history as Aston Martin it is important to honour the past. Not by looking back, but by pushing on with the same energy and passion that propelled our founders 110-years ago. With the new DB12 we are reinvigorating the DB model line and reasserting Aston Martin as a maker of truly exceptional performance sport cars. By combining class-leading performance and exceptional chassis dynamics with cutting edge technology, impeccable craftsmanship and immaculate design, DB12 leads Aston Martin into a new era of excellence.”
With first deliveries scheduled to begin during Q3 2023, the bold new DB12 is defining its own new category of one and sets the benchmark for performance, driving excitement, ultra-luxury and style. This is no mere GT. DB12 is The World’s First Super Tourer. In other words, it’s a good time to be Aston Martin.