Look who just made a debut in our market: the Aston Martin DB11 V8 Coupe. It joins its V12 sibling in the British marque's growing lineup in the country.
The long hood of this grand tourer houses a 4.0-liter AMG-sourced biturbo powerplant with 503 horses and 675Nm. It is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Top speed? 301kph. It can sprint to 100kph in 4 seconds. That's 0.1 second slower than the DB11 V12, whose mill is capable of 599hp and 700Nm. Oh, the V12 can go faster, too, with maximum speed of 322kph.
In terms of numbers, the V12 seems to beat the V8 by a mile, but handling-wise, Top Gear UK thinks the sporty and lighter V8 is better than its heavier sibling. "It's a much crisper, more confidence-inspiring car to drive. The steering is more positive on turn in and you get a much better sense of what the tires are doing," the review said.
And when you think about it, can a mere mortal tell the difference between the two GTs' 0-100kph times? If you can, you must be a mutant (who can drive). For normal creatures like us, we'll stick to our sense of sight to tell the two DB11s apart. The V12 has four hood vents, while the V8 has two. The V8 unit at the launch has cant rails painted with a different hue, but this can be configurable. The press materials said the V8's headlamp bezels and alloy wheel finish are different, too. We have to squint some more to verify this.
"With the V8 variant, we will broaden the appeal and draw more customers to our brand," Aston Martin Manila president and chairman Marc Tagle said during the launch. "I look forward to seeing more of our favorite GT on the streets as we officially celebrate and welcome the newest member to the growing Aston Martin family, the Aston Martin DB11 V8."
Indeed, it would be nice to have more DB cars on Philippine soil, as this nameplate is the "quintessential British GT car," according to Aston Martin Lagonda's sales operations head in Southeast Asia Nancy Chen.
"For the past 105 years, we have produced about 90,000 cars. To put that into perspective, it's less than what a mass-market manufacturer produces in a week," Chen shared during the launch. "What is amazing is that 90% of our cars are still on the road today. Of all the cars we've ever produced, one-third wears the DB badge."
What's more amazing? Last year, the Philippines had the biggest market share in Aston Martin Southeast Asia. Despite the new tax law in the country, the British marque remains bullish. "We spoke to our dealer [in Manila] about the tax law," Chen told TopGear.com.ph. "In terms of our volume forecast, we do see the Philippines as one of the strongest markets in the region. We see a continued growth in this market, especially with the introduction of the V8 and [soon] the new Vantage."
In December last year, Aston Martin Manila disclosed that 2017 was the company's banner year and it had plans to plans to bring in three new models to our market. So that's one down, two more to go.