Every secret agent always needs to get ahead of the villain. It’s no use when he doesn’t reach his target on time to plant bombs, shoot bodyguards or crash the enemy’s Learjet. So Aston Martin rose to this challenge with a faster and edgier version of its twin-turbo DB11 grand tourer. The new go-fast bits on this sleek British coupe will surely leave even the fussiest of spies shaken and stirred.
Called the DB11 AMR—short for “Aston Martin Racing”—this car replaces the standard DB11 V12 as the flagship of the model range. It boasts upgrades that enhance performance and driving dynamics as well as updated interior and exterior designs. Aston Martin claims that the DB11 AMR offers a more vivid driving experience while preserving the mile-munching manners of a grand tourer which the car is known for.
Inspired by Aston Martin’s endurance racing program, the AMR performance variants aim to maximize the performance potential of the brand’s model range. The previous-generation Vantage had AMR variants, and the Rapide will also be getting the same AMR treatment.
No secret agent’s Aston is complete without its V12 engine. In the DB11 AMR, the twin-turbocharged 5.2-liter V12 now cranks out 630hp, 30hp more than the standard V12. As a result, 100km/h can now be hit from a complete stop in a swift 3.7 seconds, a marginal improvement of 0.2 second. The DB11 AMR tops out at 335km/h, making it the fastest car in Aston Martin’s current stable. Surely enough to catch the bad guys cruising along the slow lane in Range Rovers.
A refined chassis inspires confidence when the dual carriageways turn into twisty B-roads. Better roadholding while maintaining the GT’s supple ride was made possible by Aston Martin’s crack team of dynamics experts led by chief engineer Matt Becker. Put the DB11 AMR in Sport mode and it becomes livelier and more eager thanks to a recalibrated eight-speed automatic transmission and a tweaked exhaust system.
Any dapper spy would want his car to match his finely tailored suit. The DB11 AMR delivers with a range of styling revisions to the interior and the exterior. Inside, the monotone-themed upholstery featuring leather and Alcantara as well as a leather-trimmed steering wheel hints at the car’s sporting intentions. The dark theme continues outside with a mix of carbon-fiber, gloss-black and smoked trim pieces that replace the standard version’s shiny brightwork.
The DB11 AMR also comes in a limited-edition variant featuring AMR’s signature Stirling Green and lime livery. This unique trim specification comes in a bespoke palette of dark chrome and satin carbon fiber, and will be limited to 100 units worldwide. For the secret agent that deserves the finer things in life, this sets his ride apart from other plebeian DB11 AMRs.
The Aston Martin DB11 AMR starts at $241,000 (P12,600,000), roughly $40,000 more than the standard car. That’s quite a jump considering it is not much faster and doesn’t come with machine guns or rocket launchers as standard. But when you’re out to save the world from evil doctors and scientists, then the DB11 AMR is certainly a flashier and slightly faster way of accomplishing your mission.