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.