Go to Ultimatecarpage.com

  Ultimatecarpage.com  > Cars by brand  > Great Britain  > Aston Martin
DB12 Coupe
Car search:
Quick Advanced 

  Aston Martin DB12 Coupe      

  Article Image gallery (37) Specifications  
Click here to open the Aston Martin DB12 Coupe gallery   
Country of origin:Great Britain
Introduced in:2023
Source:Company press release
Last updated:May 25, 2023
Download: All images
Page 1 of 2 Next >>
Click here to download printer friendly versionAston Martin is proud to introduce the new DB12. Delivering a quantum shift in sporting character and dynamic capability, this new generation of the legendary DB bloodline defines its own new category. Combining a scintillating driving experience with exceptional refinement, state-of-the-art technology and indulgent luxury, the DB12 demands a new definition. Grand is not enough; this is the world’s first Super Tourer.

The DB12 takes a new direction. One which makes it the most complete and accomplished DB model in Aston Martin’s history. Blessed with exceptional performance and handling to satisfy and reward the most demanding drivers, its meticulously honed chassis is perfectly matched to a class-leading 680PS/800NM V8 Twin-Turbo powertrain. The result is an energised Aston Martin that shines with authenticity, capability and passion to deliver a driving experience that’s second to none.

Engineered to maximise performance and intensify emotion, the DB12 is the product of a holistic approach. One that starts with meaningful increases in structural stiffness and ends with Michelin Pilot Sport 5 S tyres made to Aston Martin’s precise specification. Supported by an all-new suspension system featuring the latest adaptive dampers, control and connection are further amplified by an exceptionally precise and direct Electronic Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) system and an Electronic Rear Differential (E-Diff) that enhances agility and brings the DB12 alive on the most dynamic of roads.

Supported by an industry leading Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system, which employs six-axis inertia measurement to predict available grip, the DB12 also gives the driver a choice of five pre-set driving modes allowing the freedom to incrementally explore the limits of grip and traction with complete confidence and safety. Put simply, no series production Aston Martin has dedicated itself so completely to setting new dynamic benchmarks.

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. When founders Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford officially formed the partnership that became Aston Martin, they ignited more than a century of automotive passion, cutting-edge British innovation, and high-octane racing success. It comes at a time when Aston Martin is enjoying one of the most dynamic periods in its 110-year history thanks to continued podium success in the 2023 Formula 1® season. Competing at the pinnacle of world motorsport remains a key pillar of the marque’s brand and product strategy.

DB12’s core values of high-performance and ultra-luxury are spearheading Aston Martin’s next generation of sports cars. As such it heralds a new era. One which will see all Aston Martin models characterised by prodigious performance and pinpoint dynamics, seamless integration of advanced technologies and the sublime style and exemplary craftsmanship for which the brand has long been renowned.

Roberto Fedeli, Group Chief Technology Officer of Aston Martin said of the new DB12: “DB12 is a statement car. One that asserts Aston Martin’s position as a leader in performance, dynamics, engineering and technology. We have pushed every aspect of this car to be best-in-class. The result is more power and performance than its rivals. Combined with exceptional handling and an exciting soundtrack, it is a car with passion and a truly sporting character. Crucially, thanks to its breadth of capability we have achieved this without compromising refinement, comfort and luxury. Together with our use of industry-leading dynamic control and infotainment systems, DB12 is the start of Aston Martin’s most exciting new era.”

Unapologetic and unambiguous, DB12 makes an emphatic statement. One that exudes the confidence of a car endowed with a 0-60mph time of 3.5 seconds, a 202mph top speed and best-in-class potency from its 4.0 Twin-Turbo V8 engine. This exceptional hand-built engine, tuned by Aston Martin engineers to deliver class-leading 680PS/671bhp at 6000rpm and 800Nm/590lb ft between 2750-6000rpm; an increase of 34% compared with the outgoing DB11.

These higher outputs have been achieved through modified cam profiles, optimised compression ratios, larger diameter turbochargers, and increased cooling. To manage increased thermal demands the cooling system has been completely redesigned, with an additional two auxiliary coolers added to the existing central main radiator. To ensure desired engine intake air temperatures are achieved in all conditions, an additional low temperature radiator has been fitted to the charge cooler water circuit.

In addition, the auxiliary outboard engine oil cooler now has over double the face area of its predecessor in order to manage the demands on the lubrication circuit. Cooling has been optimised further by improving thermal airflow, a 56% increase in open apertures allowing more cold air to flow into the radiators, while centrally mounted bonnet vents placed above the twin turbos allow hot air to escape.

Power is fed through 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, giving the driver maximum response for more precise and consistent handling.

Working in harmony with the latest generation ESC system the E-Diff significantly improves the car’s cornering capabilities in all conditions. In low to medium speed corners, the DB12 feels brilliantly agile and responsive, coming alive on challenging roads thanks to immense front-end grip and tremendous traction. Meanwhile, total composure in high-speed corners lends the DB12 to a great feeling of confidence and control.

To increase driver engagement and amplify the intensity of its performance, the DB12 features a revised (shortened) Final Drive Ratio (3.083:1), plus a unique transmission shift calibration. The former works to deliver punchier in-gear acceleration, while the latter reduces shift speeds and creates different shift characteristics to suit the DB12’s broad range of dynamic modes.

DB12’s bonded aluminium structure has seen a 7% increase in global tortional stiffness thanks to changes to a range of underbody components; the engine cross brace; front and rear undertrays; front crossmember and rear bulkhead. The combined effect is a focused improvement in tortional rigidity and lateral stiffness – especially between the front and rear strut towers – which provides a stronger and more stable attachment points for the dampers and rear axle. This brings gains in suspension performance, isolation and refinement, along with improvements in on and off-centre steering feel and overall sense of driver connection.

With the introduction of new generation intelligent adaptive dampers and extensive engineering of key components such as stiffer anti-roll bars, DB12 offers class-leading driving dynamics and greatly increased breadth of capability.

With a 500% increase in bandwidth of force distribution, these state-of-the-art dampers are a huge advance as their greater capacity facilitate a far broader range of control and refinement across the DB12’s drive mode settings. By exploiting this increased scope, Aston Martin’s vehicle attributes engineers have extended the DB12’s range of character far beyond those of class rivals.

Careful calibration of the dampers allows the progressive introduction of more response and tighter body control as you scroll through the dynamic modes, with detailed tuning of suspension bushing delivering excellent refinement and isolation. Combined with the E-Diff and ESC system this means that in GT mode a luxurious ride quality is retained for sublime yet agile cruising, while Sport and Sport+ modes ramp-up the DB12’s responsiveness and tighten body control, shrinking the car around the driver and making it truly come alive on challenging roads as never before.

As the primary point of contact between car and driver, careful attention has been paid to perfecting the DB12’s Electronic Power Assisted Steering system (EPAS). This begins with the fitment of a non-isolated steering column, which gives an enhanced dynamic feel by ensuring steering inputs from the driver and feedback from the road remain pure and uncorrupted.

EPAS calibration focuses on ensuring plenty of on-centre feel mated to a swift but natural-feeling rate of response. Taking care to avoid the steering responding in an exaggerated, overly aggressive manner, DB12 has an intuitive, confidence-inspiring feel. One that that allows the driver to relax on long journeys but revel in its precision, responsiveness and agility when attacking an apex.

In the interests of consistency and driver connection, the EPAS has a constant 13.09:1 ratio rack with variable, speed sensitive assistance and 2.4 turns lock-to-lock. This variable level of assistance is integrated with the DB12’s drive mode programmes, the level of assistance reducing incrementally while moving towards the most aggressive mode (Sport+).

Ensuring it has the stopping power to match its prodigious pace, DB12 is fitted as standard with cast-iron 400mm front discs and 360mm rear discs 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.

Underlining its Super Tourer credentials, DB12 can be ordered with a Carbon Ceramic Brake (CCB) option. Offering increased braking performance and reduced brake fade at temperatures of up to 800°C, fitting CCB saves 27kg in unsprung mass compared to the standard braking system, which in turn benefits ride quality and steering response.

Confirming its commitment to fulfilling the DB12’s Super Tourer brief, 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. Not settling for off-the-shelf versions, the DB12’s tyres are marked with ‘AML’ codes. This signifies they feature a bespoke compound and have been tuned by the Aston Martin dynamics team to ensure the highest levels of reactivity for precision steering, together with maximum grip in wet and dry conditions.

The Pilot Sport 5 S 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.

Aston Martin have worked closely to optimise the structure of these lightweight wheels to maximise performance without compromising aesthetics. Using cutting edge simulation to ensure excess mass has been removed, these wheels are 8kg lighter than previous 20” offerings.

Page 1 of 2 Next >>

  Article Image gallery (37) Specifications