If Aston Martin’s CEO Andy Palmer calls it “the most important car in the firm’s 103-year-old existence”, it certainly has to be something special.

And so it is. With a new direction in style, laced with new technology and running on a new engine, the Aston Martin DB11 will not disappoint. It’s a big leap forward for the classic British sports car.

The latest entrant by Aston Martin was launched at the Geneva Motor Show this week, with a price tag of $217,000. With the hallmark AM grille at the front end, the four-seater has the traditional sports GT long bonnet and sweptback look. The powerful V12 turbocharged engine has been developed in collaboration with Germany’s AMG.

With 600hp, the DB11 can reach a top speed of 320 km/h, and it also has a fuel-saving trick under its bonnet. The motor closes down some cylinders if they’re not needed.

Some slick aerodynamic features make the DB11 a fine modern work of art. A ‘curlicue’, as the designers refer to it, in the side of the car, just behind the front wheel arch, siphons off turbulent air from around the tyre, cutting drag.

The air that is sucked from around the wheel area then goes through an ‘aeroblade’ beyond the door, and ends up under the boot lid, where it produces downforce that gives the car a firm grip on the ground at corners.

The double-stitched leather interior upholstery and the new infotainment system, along with over 70 choices in colours, fabrics, trims and in-car options are guaranteed to give buyers a custom-made vehicle which will be the ultimate dream car.

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