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    Viewpoint / Why #Aston-Martin-DB11 has to deliver / #Aston-Martin / #2016 /

    Such is the pace of development at Gaydon these days, it’s genuinely hard to keep up. Witness another issue of Vantage and another raft of exciting new Astons. Whether it’s the welcome – and surprising – decision to offer the V12 Vantage S with a manual transmission, the equally welcome – but perhaps more predictable – announcement of a trackinspired Vantage GT8 and Vanquishbased #Zagato , or the frankly astonishing (no pun intended) news of a collaboration with Red Bull that will see an all-new Adrian Newey-designed hypercar, Aston Martin is making headlines.

    Ridiculous though it sounds, with so much going on, it would be easy to forget about the DB11. Fortunately, Aston provided us with the perfect reminder of its most important new model in a decade by granting us an early drive of a ride and handling development prototype. Though it’s far from a definitive appraisal – we’ll bring you that in our next issue – our time at a private test facility near Rome offered a fascinating and tantalising glimpse of what the signed-off car will feel like.

    If impressions from this early ‘engineering’ drive are accurate, Aston’s all-new GT unashamedly refocuses its emphasis on refinement and luxury. With a sporting twist, naturally.

    The importance of those special qualities was brought to the forefront of our minds in the making of another story for this issue. Comparing one of the first DB9s with one of the last was a valuable exercise. Not just because it graphically illustrates just how much the DB9 has evolved, but because it highlights what an achievement that car was when it was launched.

    The GT8s and Zagatos and hypercars are enormously exciting of course, but successfully replacing the DB9 is more important than all of those projects combined. Aston Martin needs a new landmark car. DB11 needs to deliver.
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