Business News/ Auto News / Aston Martin DB12 unveiled, delivers top speed of 202mph

Aston Martin finally took the wraps off its new generation DB model in the UK. Called Aston Martin DB12, it is claimed to be the world’s first super tourer. The announcement of DB12 comes as Aston Martin celebrates two significant milestones in 2023; Its monumental 110th anniversary and 75 years of the illustrious DB model line. 

The all-new Aston Martin DB12 is equipped with a class-leading 680PS/800NM V8 Twin-Turbo powertrain. It features an all-new suspension system with the latest adaptive dampers, control and connection, direct Electronic Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) system and an Electronic Rear Differential (E-Diff).

The supercar can accelerate from 0 to 60mph in 3.5 seconds. It has a top speed of 202mph. The engine is claimed to deliver 680PS/671bhp at 6000rpm and 800Nm/590lb ft between 2750-6000rpm; an increase of 34% compared with the outgoing DB11.

Engine on Martin DB12 is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission and for the first time on an Aston Martin DB model, Electronic Rear Differential (E-Diff). This differential is linked to the car’s Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system. Unlike a conventional Limited Slip Differential, it can go from fully open to 100% locked in a matter of milliseconds.

The DB12 features a revised (shortened) Final Drive Ratio (3.083:1), plus a unique transmission shift calibration. It has multiple driving modes – GT, Sport and Sport+.

The EPAS calibration on DB 12 focuses on ensuring plenty of on-centre feel mated to a swift but natural-feeling rate of response. The EPAS has a constant 13.09:1 ratio rack with variable, speed sensitive assistance and 2.4 turns lock-to-lock. 

The DB12 is fitted with cast-iron 400mm front discs and 360mm rear discs as standard with grooved and drilled faces for improved thermal capacity. The brake booster has also been re-tuned to improve pedal feedback, giving the driver greater confidence thanks to a firm pedal with an immediate sense of stopping power combined with progressive response.

DB12 can also be ordered with a Carbon Ceramic Brake (CCB) option. Aston Martin is the first OEM application of the new Michelin Pilot Sport 5 S tyres – 275/35 R21 103Y front and 315/30 R21 108Y rear. The Pilot Sport 5s also feature noise-cancelling polyurethane foam inserts within the tyre’s carcass. This reduces tyre ‘hum’ transmitted to the car’s interior by 20%, lowering noise levels and improving refinement and driver comfort.

DB12 features 21-inch forged alloy wheels as standard; 9.5J front and 10.5J rear. There is a choice of three different designs – standard Five-Spoke and optional Multi-Spoke and Y-Spoke – in a range of colours and finishes: Five-Spoke in Gloss Silver; Multi-Spoke in Satin Platinum, Satin Black and Satin Black Diamond Turned; Y-Spoke in Satin Bronze, Satin Black and Satin Black Diamond Turned.

Inside, the DB12 has Aston Martin’s next-generation bespoke infotainment system and a formidable suite of connected technology and entertains with a spectacular surround sound system by new audio partner, Bowers & Wilkins. The new system supports wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and has a 10.25-inch display with 1970x720 high-resolution and ultra-responsive (30ms reaction time) capacitive touch control.

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Updated: 25 May 2023, 10:27 AM IST
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