On Wednesday, 24th May, all the stars in the Aston Martin firmament aligned to deliver a genuinely majestic tour de force as the brand unveiled the hugely anticipated all-new DB12. Such was the stunning effect of the model’s superlative styling that, for just a moment, the significance that the presentation of the DB12 coincided with the brand’s 110th birthday and three-quarters of a century of the famed DB ‘David Brown’ nameplate was almost lost to the occasion.
While the Aston Martin brand’s rich and enduring heritage was, of course, acknowledged and quite rightly celebrated at the launch, make no mistake, the new DB12 is a car that points most assuredly and most confidently to the future.
Replacing the outgoing highly lauded DB11, the DB12 represents what Aston Martin describes as “The world’s first super tourer.” That is not a description to be taken lightly, so it is no surprise that the DB12’s re-engineered and uprated handbuilt twin-turbocharged V8 engine delivers more power, torque, and performance than before. Combining a mighty 680PS and a prodigious 800 Nm of pulling power, the sprint to 62mph is dispatched in a mere 3.6 seconds en route to a 202mph top speed.
Along with the step-up in performance comes numerous enhancements to the aluminium chassis, a stiffer body structure, wider front and rear track and larger wheels for even more assured handling and greater levels of driving engagement and pleasure. Significantly uprated adaptive dampers deliver a suspension package with an increased breadth of ability to challenge any supercar over a mountain pass while providing uncompromising comfort levels for consummate cross-continent long-distance touring.
Inside, the DB12 is exquisitely trimmed to offer unparalleled luxury and the most advanced technology to ever feature in any Aston Martin, centred around an all-new, state-of-the-art 10.25-inch touchscreen driven by the brand’s proprietary software. Combining exceptional intuitive operation and class-leading levels of high-resolution clarity with the ability to respond to touch inputs in a scarcely believable 30 milliseconds, the system takes in-car connectivity to another level.
Unashamedly more aggressively styled than its predecessor, with a larger front grille and more prominent aero features and ultra-advanced new LED Matrix technology headlamps, the new DB12 is also the first production model to proudly bare the latest version of the brand’s iconic wings badge.