2019 Aston Martin DB11 AMR first drive review: continuous improvement rings true
Like on the V-8 model, chief engineer Matt Becker and his team stiffened the rear subframe and control arm bushings to create more lateral stability in the back. They installed firmer adjustable dampers with updated software to create greater differences between the Comfort, Sport, and Sport + modes. To bring the front end and rear end back in sync, Becker’s team adjusted the front with a half-millimeter thicker anti-roll bar.
In addition, engineers modified the mounts for the engine and transmission to prevent lateral movement of the powertrain within the torque tube. This helps the car act as a single, solid unit by limiting the secondary motion of all that mass in turns.
Speaking of mass, Aston switched to forged 20-inch wheels that save 7.7 pounds at each corner.
Finally, with a bit less unsprung weight and a more stable character, Aston retuned the stability control to cut torque less often and take less time to recover torque when it is cut. The upshot? The tail will now come out more willingly without the stability control trying to rein it in right away.
Aston engineers say the goal was a greater sense of connection without harming the supple ride. For the most part, they accomplished that goal, though the ride does feel firmer without being at all harsh.
An even bigger bark
The V-12 refuses to be overshadowed, though. How could it be? And this version is even better. It lopes along in Comfort mode in these small German towns with a tame demeanor. Go to Sport or Sport +, though, and the beast is unleashed. It gets up and goes from a stop with the tiniest hint of turbo lag and keeps pulling into German-approved triple digits when I get it out onto the autobahn.