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NewsAston Martin Launches DB12, Calls it First Super Tourer

Aston Martin Launches DB12, Calls it First Super Tourer

Aston Calls DB12 a Super Tourer

  • No V12, but V8 Gets 671 hp

  • Aston’s first in-house infotainment system


Aston Martin has just launched its latest and while the new model doesn’t break any new ground in design, it is another stunner from the British brand. The company is calling the Aston Martin DB12 the world’s first supertourer, and it is a 671 hp replacement for the DB11.

What’s the difference between a grand tourer (what they called the 11) and a super tourer? We’re not sure either, but it’s hard to argue that 671 hp from a twin-turbo 4.0L V8 and 0-100 km/h in 3.5 seconds (with a top speed of over 320 km/h) is anything less than super.

This long, low, and wide car with its gaping grille is unmistakable as anything other than an Aston. Despite Ford’s best efforts to copy it in the late oughts. The grille is bigger than before, there is a new lighting signature, and the mirrors are tiny. But the hood is long.

Not long enough to fit a V12, apparently. Though replacing the 12-cylinder is more likely a result of modern emissions rules. It could always come back in a limited-edition AMR model. Bigger turbos, more compression, and new cooling help the hand-built AMG engine make more power than it could in the DB11.

The suspension gets new adaptive dampers. They have a wider range of operation than before that the company says allows for more variation between the different drive modes. Sport can be sportier, soft can be softer. Aston has also thickened the anti-roll bars which should increase grip but also make it more difficult for comfort mode to do its job.

There is an electronic LSD at the rear and each corner wears massive Michelin Pilot Sport S 5 summer tires. It’ll be the first car to wear the latest from Bibendum and company. There are iron brakes as standard, but carbon ceramic is available.

Inside, Aston says the cabin is more luxurious and opulent. It includes a new infotainment system and Bowers & Wilkins audio, buyers can also pick from a massive array of interior finishes thanks to the Q branch.

Deliveries of the new car are expected to start in the third quarter of this year. Production of the Aston Martin DB12 is already underway.

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