The DB11 is the first new series-production Aston Martin in 15 years to be built on underpinnings other than the firm’s ‘VH’ platform.
Like the VH structure, the new platform is made of pressings, castings and extrusions that are bonded and riveted together.
But the way those elements combine is new, making for a monocoque that’s at once lighter (by 21kg) and stiffer (by 39%). It also intrudes less into cabin space.
The DB11’s body panels are mostly aluminium, except for the plastic-composite quarter panels and bootlid and the injection-moulded plastic bumpers and sills. Magnesium door frames also keep weight down.
Those weight-saving measures are needed because a multi-link rear suspension and turbocharged engine aren’t lightweight additions.
While it’s marginally larger and longer than the car it replaces, the DB11 weighed 1910kg on MIRA’s scales. The last comparable VH-platform Aston we tested, the DBS of 2008, was 180kg lighter.