Aston Martin DB11 AMR: Pinnacle of Stylish Performance?

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Take the handling prowess of DB11 and stuff in a huge V12, and you get the best of all worlds.

Rarely in history has Aston Martin ever built the quickest, fastest, or most capable vehicles on the market. But they have created some of the most beautiful, ultimately satisfying machinery you can get your hands on. That tradition is clearly on display with the new, rather excellent DB11. So it should come as no surprise that the flagship of the lineup, the new Aston Martin DB11 AMR, is quite the stunner. In more ways than one.

Thus, we were eager to see what THE DRIVE thought of this more powerful, more capable DB11 after they were lucky enough to test one out in Germany. Sadly enough, they didn’t get the chance to take it out on the Nürburgring, despite being minutes away. But that didn’t seem to diminish the love this reviewer has for the Aston Martin DB11 AMR. Not by a long shot.

Aston Martin DB11 AMR

After pushing it north of 160 mph on the Autobahn, our reviewer notes that it’s “so stable, so smooth. It’s almost unfair.” And even though he points out that the AMR isn’t terribly different from the regular DB11, those small changes make a big difference. “They’ve touched up the steering. They’ve tweaked the handling. And the result is a car that looks very similar, but is greatly improved.”

So is there anything to dislike? Well, how about the less than impressive interior. “The sad little Mercedes command screen looks like it’s from a C-Class a decade ago,” our reviewer says. “Some of these metalicized interior bits. It’s just not fitting for a $250,000 car.”

But if you can look past those niggles, there’s plenty to love about the Aston Martin DB11 AMR. “On the bright side, there’s that 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12. The idea of this Aston is combining that handling that we really loved in the V8 model with the power and the glorious sound of this V12. By the way, which just sounds insane.”

Aston Martin DB11 AMR

The big lump comes with a 212-pound disadvantage over the V8, however. But you’d never know it by the way this thing handles. “What they’ve done with this car is try to take all the handling gains and steering gains from the V8 and then mate them to the V12 engine. It’s a beautiful, beautiful car. Which is exactly what we’ve come to expect from Aston Martin.”

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Brett Foote has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto Group sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other popular sites.
Foote has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles and every other type of automobile, Foote had spent several years running parts for local dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

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