Aston Martin has unveiled the latest version of its legendary tourer. The descendant of the DB11, the new model has accrued a mythological patina over the course of its history.
And so the DB12, as it is called, must needs arrive in the world with undeniable cachet. Done. Taking off stylistically from the DBS 770 Ultimate that Aston unveiled earlier in the year — in profile, it’s quite similar — the DB12 keeps the flame alive while striking out into new territory. It might be tempting to call it an evolved DB11, but Aston assures that the DB12 has 80% new parts compared to the DB11.
The DB 770 was loaded with the end run of Aston’s production V12, but the DB12’s 4.0L V8 is an astonishing mechanical coup that’s capable of delivering 671 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque at peak. That’s enough to rocket the car’s substantial weight from 0-60 in 3.5 seconds, according to the company; at the end of the road, the DB12 can reach a top speed of 202 MPH.
As for the car’s appearance…well. Aston remains the most acute representative of English sports car design.