Aston Martin DB12

‘super tourer'

breaks cover

Aston Martin DB12, 2023, front
Aston Martin DB12, 2023, front, action
Aston Martin DB12, 2023, front
Aston Martin DB12, 2023, side, action
Aston Martin DB12, 2023, side
Aston Martin DB12, 2023, rear, static
Aston Martin DB12, 2023, rear, action
Aston Martin DB12, 2023, interior
Aston Martin DB12, 2023, centre console

ASTON Martin has revealed its new DB12 coupe - a car it describes as a quantum shift in its bloodline.

Likely to be the last of a breed before the company switches to electrically-powered vehicles, the DB12 is described as the world's first Super Tourer and is powered by a 4.0-litre twin turbo petrol engine.

Top speed for the 2+2 is claimed to be 202mph with a 0 to 60 acceleration time of 3.5 seconds.

The car comes as Aston Martin celebrates two significant milestones in 2023 - its 110anniversary and 75 years of the DB model line.

The DB12 is fitted with an eight-speed automatic transmission and comes with an all-new suspension system featuring the latest adaptive dampers, and a precision-oriented direct electronic power assisted steering system and an electronic rear differential to enhance agility.

With five drive modes the V8 develops some 680ps - 34 per cent more power than that of the outgoing DB11.

Roberto Fedeli, group chief technology officer of Aston Martin said: "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."

The DB12 is fitted as standard with cast-iron 400mm front discs and 360mm rear discs and the brake booster has been re-tuned to improve pedal feedback. It can also be fitted with carbon ceramic brakes as an option which increase stopping performance.

It sits on 21-inch wheels shod with Michelin's new Pilot Sport 5 S tyres.

Compared to the DB11, the newcomer has a 6mm wider track at the front and 22mm wider at the rear and its all-new front-end features a larger, re-shaped radiator aperture and a re-shaped splitter as well as the new Aston Martin badge.

Interior features are a blend between the marque's famed handcrafted trim finishes and high technology but with physical switches for gear and drive selection, heating and ventilation as well as touchscreen commands.

There's also a new infotainment system featuring a Bowers & Wilkins sound system and operated via a 10.25-inch display screen.

Deliveries are schedules to start in the autumn of 2023 and it is anticipated the DB12 will cost from around £185,000. An open top version is likely to follow in 2024.

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