The 208-MPH DB11 AMR Is Aston Martin's New Flagship Supercar - Maxim

The 208-MPH DB11 AMR Is Aston Martin's New Flagship Supercar

Let's hope a 630-horsepower V12 is enough for James Bond.
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When Aston Martin introduced a twin-turbocharged V8 version of the DB11 that we loved in our test drive, there were thoughts among fans that it signaled the end of the line for the car's V12 version.

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Instead, Aston is doubling down on the DB11's V12 goodness, introducing a higher-performance flagship edition of the car that provides more of everything fans want from a top-of-the-line Aston.

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It starts with Aston Martin’s twin-turbocharged 5.2-liter V12, which is upgraded to 630 horsepower, a 30 horsepower bump over the regular DB11 V12 and 127 horsepower more than the V8-engined DB11. Torque remains unchanged at 516 lb.-ft. 

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The tweaks yield a 0-62 mph acceleration time of 3.7 seconds, which is an improvement of 0.2 seconds, and the top speed swells to 208mph

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The AMR's suspension is tauter too, but Aston pledges that the DB11's supple ride has nevertheless been preserved. We'll have to test this for ourselves, soon!

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The automatic transmission has a sportier new shift calibration for gear changes and the exhaust system provides a better soundtrack from the V12 when the DB11 is switched into sport mode.

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"With the exceptional V8 Coupe and Volante we felt the V12 could reveal more of its sporting potential, while remaining the consummate GT," noted Aston Martin president and chief executive officer, Andy Palmer. "By applying a suite of carefully considered performance and styling enhancements the DB11 AMR is both faster – 208mph! – and more precise," he continued. "It’s a combination that engages and cossets in equal measure to create a dynamic and seductive new flagship for the DB11 range."

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Exposed carbon fiber and gloss black detailing signifies the AMR edition of the DB11, with all the outside all brightwork getting a monochrome treatment.

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Discriminating buyers can personalize their DB11 AMRs with touches such as a carbon-fiber engine cover, exhaust tips and a deployable spoiler on the outside, and a new carbon-fiber sports steering wheel and paddle shifters in the cabin.

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The Aston Martin DB11 AMR is available from $241,000, with first customer deliveries shortly.