Forthcoming Aston Martin cars like the Vantage will share features, such as architecture, introduced on the DB11
Matt Burt
8 April 2016

Future Aston Martins such as the next Vantage will reap the benefits of new technology introduced on the recently unveiled DB11.

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Key to this is the new aluminium-bonded architecture upon which the DB11 is built. A replacement for the venerable VH structure, the new architecture has been designed to be adapted to different dimensions and wheelbases.

Aston was among the first car companies to embrace the ethos of modular underpinnings for its model range when it introduced VH in 2000, and Aston’s director of product development, Ian Minards, believes the new structure goes far beyond what is traditionally expected of a modular architecture.

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“We are still using the same principles of modularity of design, using knowledge and techniques we’ve evolved over the past two decades, but now we are taking it to a whole different level,” he told Autocar late last year.

The DB11 is the stiffest and lightest car Aston has built, and it is reasonable to expect the next Vantage and subsequent models to feature similar improvements over the current range, which should bode well for handling and performance.

The DB11 also ushers in a new rear suspension set-up that “needs to be capable across the next generation of cars”, according to Minards.

“It needs to deliver as we enhance the performance of our cars and as we look at different wheel and tyre combinations,” he said.

“We know that the VH architecture has a fantastic suspension system, but we also know its limitations. We’ve grown with it over the years from, for example, a 19in-wheel V8 Vantage to a 20in-wheel Rapide, but where we want to take this range of cars in the future, we need a new suspension system.”

Another change for the DB11 that will filter through the range is a switch from hydraulic to electric powerassisted steering (EPAS).

“Working with our technical partners, I’m confident that we have an EPAS system that’s pretty damned good, because we cannot afford to lose any of that feeling of agility or connection,” said Minards.

He added that the system can be exploited to follow company boss Andy Palmer’s brief of giving each new Aston model much greater individual character.

“What EPAS also gives us is another degree of freedom in our tuning, so we can use our algorithms and computer code to change it,” he said.

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8 April 2016
If i see the specifications correctly, the DB11 is a whole 15kg lighter than the DB9, which represents less than 1% weight reduction. So I am not sure what they are measuring when claiming to be the "Siffest and lightest car Aston has ever built". I assume they must mean it is much stiffer and a tiny, tiny bit lighter. It's still lovely though, and will continue to dream.

8 April 2016
DB11 is not even close to being the "lightest car Aston has built." Never mind that the current Vantage is lighter -- every Aston built prior to 1970 or so is lighter. Also,VH was not introduced in 2000. The original Vanquish was the first Aston to use a bonded aluminum structure, but the Vanquish really had its own unique structure, and it included extensive use of structural carbon fibre and other composites -- including the entire center tunnel, front and rear crash structures, A-post/windshield frame, and strut brace. VH as we know it was introduced with the DB9. Such a shame about EPAS. Steering feel is IMO one of the most important things that makes a car involving, especially at reasonable speeds, and the current Astons have among the very best steering feel of any car on sale -- FAR superior to any car with EPAS. Hard to imagine that AM's EPAS will be even close to giving the feel of their hydraulic setup.

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