Aston Martin DB12 2024

Out with the old, in with the new. That's the gist of Aston Martin's move to replace the DB11 with a new model, one the company prefers to call a super tourer rather than a grand tourer. Marketing grandeur aside, the 2024 Aston Martin DB12 that has now been revealed to the world is indeed grander than the model it's replacing.

There's no mistaking the new DB12 for anything but an Aston Martin, and the low and wide two-door's recognizable design is, well, by design. The grille gets bigger, the swept-back headlights have a new lighting signature, and the frameless side mirrors are smaller. The car's front and rear tracks are also wider (about 0.2 inch in front and 0.9 inch in back). On the nose of the car is Aston's recently revised winged logo, with the DB12 being the first production car it has appeared on.

Welcoming the latest DB model also means saying goodbye to the twin-turbocharged 5.2-liter V-12 that was previously available. Now, the sole engine choice—at least until Aston reveals a potential AMR performance variant—is a twin-turbo V-8 with the same 4.0-liters of displacement as before. Also like before, the engine is still a hand-built unit sourced from Mercedes-AMG. However, Aston has unlocked a lot more power mainly by adding larger turbos, revising the compression ratios, and completely overhauling the cooling system.

The new-and-improved V-8's peak output is 671 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 590 pound-feet of torque between 2750 and 6000 rpm. Not only are those figures significantly higher than the prior V-8's 528 horses and 513 pound-feet, but they're more than the old V-12 too, which produced 630 ponies and 516 pound-feet. The enhanced 4.0-liter still feeds the rear axle via an eight-speed automatic gearbox that now has a shorter final-drive ratio. Aston says the DB12 will hit 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, and its top speed is a claimed 202 mph.

The DB12 rides on a newly developed suspension that has firmer anti-roll bars and Aston's latest adaptive dampers. They support a set of 21-inch wheels inside specially developed Michelin Pilot Sport S 5 summer tires, size 275/35R-21 in front and 315/30R-21 out back. The rear rubber is also better controlled by the introduction of an electronic rear differential the company says can almost instantly go from fully open to fully locked.

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