The DB11 has many more strengths to draw on than its predecessor ever did.
Considering the bold new look in particular, some DB9 owners upgrading into the new car might at first not recognise much of an inherited legacy.
Then they’ll hear that inimitable V12 growl, get a taste of the outstandingly supple handling dynamism and long-striding, effortless acceleration, let the new-found cabin integrity and sophistication percolate into their perception and realise they’ve bought the car that their old Aston, and every ‘DB’ before it, was inexorably leading towards.
The DB11’s styling may not bowl you over like the DB9’s did a decade ago, but we’ll leave a pin in that for now.
What the big Aston has gained in terms of accessible performance, handling composure, damping sophistication and material richness is easily worth any loss of steering feedback and what it gives up to some rivals on cruising refinement.
We can think of no other GT car at its price point we’d rather drive. Even next to more exotic competition, the DB11 is well capable of holding its own.
However, in our top list the DB11 takes second spot ahead of the Bentley Continental GT Mulliner Driving Spec, Rolls-Royce Wraith and its stablemate the Aston Martin Vanquish S, but isn’t quite as compelling as the barnstorming Ferrari F12 Berlinetta.