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Aston Martin DB11 review - Reliability and Safety

DB11 is a brand new car, but history suggests it should be robust while partnership with Mercedes is a bonus

The DB11 is an all-new car for Aston Martin, so it’s difficult to predict how robust it will be. However, the 5.2-litre engine is based on tried and tested technology that Aston has been developing for decades. Also, the company has received plenty of investment in recent years, with much of the money being ploughed into research and development.

Elsewhere, many of the Aston’s components have been bought in from trusted suppliers. The eight-speed gearbox is from respected brand ZF, while all of the car’s electrical systems are from partner firm Mercedes.

Given the DB11’s focus on performance, it’s no surprise to find the car’s safety systems are up to scratch. Six airbags are fitted as standard, while the stability control has a setting that allows a little bit of fun before reining in any wayward behavior. Of course, it’s also possible to turn the systems off completely.

Other additions that come courtesy of Mercedes include the adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning systems.

Powerful brake discs are clamped by six-pot calipers, giving the Aston strong and relatively fade-free stopping. There are currently no plans to add a carbon ceramic disc option.

Like all Aston models, the DB11 is covered by a standard three-year, unlimited-mileage warranty, which can be extended by a further two years at extra cost. This extra guarantee can be upgraded to Plus, Premium or Classic level depending on your needs and budget. And, if you're lucky enough to get one of the first 1000 cars, it will have been hand inspected and signed by Aston President and CEO Andy Palmer.

There currently aren’t any servicing prices or intervals for the DB11, but regularly maintenance is unlikely to be cheap.

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