Edmunds Senior Writer Mark Takahashi snuck out of the office to drive the 2018 Aston Martin DB11 V8 on some epic roads. Needless to say, he loved every minute of it.

This DB11 V8 represents a slightly more accessible version of the V12 model that debuted last year. And we mean slightly, since it's only $16,000 less than the V12 for a starting price right around $200,000. Under the hood is a Mercedes-Benz-sourced twin-turbo V8 that makes 503 horsepower. It also makes some pretty glorious noises.

Unlike Aston Martins of the recent past, the DB11 benefits from the Mercedes partnership by borrowing much of their interior infotainment and switchgear. The interior is now appropriately outfitted and finished for a quarter-million-dollar car. It may not be the fastest, the most comfortable or the most convenient car in its class, but it's not that far off those marks, either. It is drop-dead gorgeous, however, and that may be reason enough to pull some money out of your offshore account.

Mark's quite taken with the DB11, so if you see him, tell him Aston Martin expects the car back at some point and his assignments aren't going to write themselves.

Comments

    • Anant Jain
      Anant Jain

      V8 is not worth it, V12 is way better. I just bought the engine and added it to my corolla. It was a simple plug n play. My corolla is now V16.

      about 9 months ago
    • Mike Ciulini
      Mike Ciulini

      I subbed for M Takahashi. He knows his job.

      about 10 months ago
    • BENK CHAFIK
      BENK CHAFIK

      Love It, Thank You.

      about 1 year ago
    • TheMister Mann
      TheMister Mann

      Interesting and informative video. To sum up, I think you have been truthful and in fact damned it with faint praise! Why don't they, as it is marketed as a GT car, have a soft suspension setting? I paid a lot for my tooth fillings and I'd like to keep them there!

      about 1 year ago
    • Niayesh Najafi
      Niayesh Najafi

      That car is an absolute hoe hunter

      about 1 year ago
    • Green Lightning
      Green Lightning

      For that money ...911 turbo is a blast of a car.

      about 1 year ago
    • Kaiwen F
      Kaiwen F

      The car is a mess lookswise. The floating roof is probably the one thing I like least. Looks like a fat bloke wearing a too small cap

      about 1 year ago
    • j baker
      j baker

      Sell out to mb

      about 1 year ago
    • Thomas Ferrugia
      Thomas Ferrugia

      Damn right Aston's build quality was horrible. I owned a DB9 Volante and it was the biggest POS on 4 wheels. Turned me off the brand permanently. It spent 8 of the first 12 months I had it at the dealership and if 2 weeks went by without something breaking, I'd play the lottery. Hopefully they've gotten better.

      about 1 year ago
    • Mike Ciulini
      Mike Ciulini In reply to Thomas Ferrugia

      Thomas Ferrugia Amg ironed out all the creases and gave AM their 4.0 rocket engine.

      about 10 months ago
    • troy smith
      troy smith

      this car is trash

      about 1 year ago
    • Blake Swan
      Blake Swan

      Personally think the MB GT-R is a better vehicle and better quality.

      about 1 year ago
    • MICHGO1
      MICHGO1

      DOING BEND AND FLEX EXERCISES WHILE ON CAMERA IS DISTRACTING?

      about 1 year ago
    • Cesar Castillo
      Cesar Castillo

      The V12 is more of the sound of the engine, than the driving experience

      about 1 year ago
    • GhaV jGRite (jeaHAvee)
      GhaV jGRite (jeaHAvee)

      1:41
      I instantly recognize it on Fords.

      about 1 year ago
    • xxthehuskycaboosexx
      xxthehuskycaboosexx

      I'd rather have an AMG GT. Same engine, and practically the same interior! And I'd bet my top dollar the AMG GT would destroy this thing in the twisties, and straights!

      about 1 year ago
    • Marc Favia
      Marc Favia In reply to xxthehuskycaboosexx

      xxthehuskycaboosexx this is a GT car not a sports car it is meant to be a cruiser. The vantage will be more of a competitor the Amg gt

      about 1 year ago
    • Samson Okoro
      Samson Okoro

      Did you mean tech instead of interior build quality. The infotainment system is from Mercedes not the interior design and build quality. The interior design and quality of this car is superb and Aston's have always had great interiors so I really don't get what you are on about unless you meant tech instead of interior.

      about 1 year ago
    • Clips Master
      Clips Master

      Wth is that wood trim? Look tacky

      about 1 year ago
    • Rottensteam
      Rottensteam

      You're pronouncing the "h" in wh-words. Stop it, get some help.

      about 1 year ago
    • conceptcs
      conceptcs In reply to Rottensteam

      It's just a way to say the word. Nothing wrong. Just an accent. You understood what he said just fine.

      about 1 year ago
    • Le vieux fantôme
      Le vieux fantôme In reply to Rottensteam

      Alan Bowers So much for someone who looks like that face on his profile

      about 1 year ago
    • Alan Bowers
      Alan Bowers In reply to Rottensteam

      Rottensteam he should stop just because it annoys you?

      about 1 year ago
    • mfmf100
      mfmf100

      Love it. But might even rich guys save a bit and sacrifice little with the LC500?

      about 1 year ago
    • mfmf100
      mfmf100 In reply to mfmf100

      Raymond Newbill wow - I wouldn’t guess what’s basically the controls for the stereo would have such an impact, especially at this price point, but if they’re that bad I could see how it might.

      about 1 year ago
    • Raymond Newbill
      Raymond Newbill In reply to mfmf100

      The LC also has a weird lockout where you can't even change the fucking radio station while you're moving!!! You have to come to a complete stop to change. That is the dumbest design choice i have ever seen in a car and would actually bother me even though it's kinda a small deal on an over all fantastic car!!!

      about 1 year ago
    • Alan Bowers
      Alan Bowers In reply to mfmf100

      mfmf100 I know if it were me, infotainment differences alone would steer me away from the LC. As much as I like the idea and the style and quality, to spend a good portion of time within an automobile would require an intuitive and user friendly system to handle large portions of the features provided in vehicles like these.

      about 1 year ago
    • Mr La
      Mr La

      this video dont do this car justice, car looks way better in person, also maybe the color of this kind of hides the lines

      about 1 year ago
    • Justin Watson
      Justin Watson

      These last two reviews have been fantastic. Keep it up edmunds

      about 1 year ago
    • Edmunds
      Edmunds In reply to Justin Watson

      Thank you for watching!

      about 1 year ago
    • Jamaican Me Crazy
      Jamaican Me Crazy

      16k is chump change if you can afford the 200k starting price

      about 1 year ago
    • Loz
      Loz In reply to Jamaican Me Crazy

      In China the difference is a lot more because of how their taxes work

      about 1 year ago
    • Alan Bowers
      Alan Bowers In reply to Jamaican Me Crazy

      Jamaican Me Crazy true, but for a better handling and riding car, it might not even be necessary to opt for the V12, unless you really want to one-up the Jones’.

      about 1 year ago
    • Brian Vtec
      Brian Vtec

      I’m not fan of the interior at all! For 200k I can get a nice Mercedez Benz, Bentley or even an acura NSX! Idk but interior doesn’t match the outside looks...

      about 1 year ago
    • Alan Bowers
      Alan Bowers In reply to Brian Vtec

      Brian Vtec why are you just comparing horsepower then? Why not sound or feel or ride? Why not style or personality?

      about 1 year ago
    • Samson Okoro
      Samson Okoro In reply to Brian Vtec

      Brian Vtec this video doesn't do justice to the interior. Please check out other reviews, this car has a full leather headliner.

      about 1 year ago
    • Brian Vtec
      Brian Vtec In reply to Brian Vtec

      Alan Bowers I’m not, just HP

      about 1 year ago
    • Alan Bowers
      Alan Bowers In reply to Brian Vtec

      Brian Vtec you’re comparing the interior of an NSX to this???

      about 1 year ago
    • Akram Jaml-Al-Lail
      Akram Jaml-Al-Lail

      I think you should check your camera, there are lines that pop up here and there, like those lines in the 90s cameras.

      about 1 year ago
    • Vallecaucanisimo
      Vallecaucanisimo

      I was excited until I saw the wood trim all around the center console. I literary cringed. Maybe a different color scheme will make it better? I do hate beige interiors after all.

      about 1 year ago
    • Bernie Sutton
      Bernie Sutton In reply to Vallecaucanisimo

      Vallecaucanisimo perhaps you can option what you do like when placing your order. Pretty petty complaint if that is all you can come up with

      about 1 year ago
    • Alan Bowers
      Alan Bowers In reply to Vallecaucanisimo

      John Smitty your comment seems to be the worst offender, so maybe take a chill pill and just enjoy the video.

      about 1 year ago
    • Alan Bowers
      Alan Bowers In reply to Vallecaucanisimo

      Vallecaucanisimo I do like interiors with a little flair. Red or blue (which I think I've seen on this DB11) would be pretty cool but I dont think it would stand the test of time, and just like awful interiors of the 80's, my opinion might be 180 degrees in a decade or so.

      about 1 year ago
    • Vallecaucanisimo
      Vallecaucanisimo In reply to Vallecaucanisimo

      Alan Bowers... my thoughts exactly. However, I wanted to see a more daring interior, like red or something.

      about 1 year ago
    • Vallecaucanisimo
      Vallecaucanisimo In reply to Vallecaucanisimo

      John Smitty Dear John, while I live in the USA, English is not my first language. I do apologize for hurting your virgin, self righteous eyes.

      about 1 year ago
    • Haiti2017
      Haiti2017

      Great car

      about 1 year ago