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Aston Martin DB12

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Aston Martin DB12

(2023 - present)

    Summary


    The Aston Martin DB12 is a two-door high-performance grand tourer that will arrive in UK showrooms in 2023, replacing the DB11 coupé which has now been removed from sale. First available only as a coupé, the DB12 will also be available in a ‘Volante’ convertible guise at a later date.

    Using the same chassis and suspension as its predecessor, reviewers regard the DB12 as an evolution of the old DB model, instead of an entirely new car. “But, rather than feel like yesterday’s reheated leftovers”, says Car‘s Alan Taylor-Jones “the DB12 is a substantial step on from its predecessor.”

    Though the foundations remain the same, the Top Gear team explains that Aston Martin has introduced several mechanical upgrades that have improved the coupé’s body control, engine response and brake feel, making the DB12 “vastly better supported, more accurate and predictable through corners than the DB11.”

    However, reviewers agree that the DB12’s biggest upgrades can be found inside. Thanks to a new infotainment system, plusher and more supportive seating, and improved forward visibility, Steve Sutcliffe of Auto Express concludes that this latest DB iteration is “a much nicer vehicle to travel in, with a cabin that feels far higher in quality.”

    A few outlets have shared their disappointment that the powerful V12 petrol engine available in the DB11 range is no more, but the V8-powered DB12 manages to produce an output of 671hp – 71hp than the old V12 DB11.

    Despite carrying forward a few of the DB11’s flaws, including a rather small boot and cramped rear seating, Autocar‘s Mark Tisshaw calls the DB12 a “success”, that “goes harder on comfort and refinement”, and “brings Aston closer to the Ferrari Roma.”

    As of July 2023, the Aston Martin DB12 holds an Expert Rating of 84%, based on 11 reviews published by the British motoring media. This is a brand new model, and therefore, we expect to see several UK-based reviews being published in coming months, which could push the rating up or down by a few points.

    DB12 highlights

    • Convincing blend of comfort and performance
    • Significant interior upgrade over DB11
    • Fantastic build quality
    • More fun to drive than other luxury grand tourers
    • Stylish exterior looks

    DB12 lowlights

    • Alternatives have softer suspension
    • Relatively small boot
    • Rather cramped rear seating
    • Not as agile as the smaller Vantage

    Key specifications


    Body style: Coupé
    Engines:
    petrol
    Price:
    From £185,000 on-road

    Launched: Autumn 2023
    Last updated: N/A
    Replacement due: TBA


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    Safety rating


    Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

    No safety rating

    The Aston Martin DB12 has not been crash tested by Euro NCAP. Based on its price and exclusivity, it’s unlikely to happen.

    Eco rating


    Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

    No eco rating

    The Aston Martin DB12 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

    Reliability rating

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    Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

    No reliability rating

    The Aston Martin DB12 is a brand-new model, so we don’t have enough reliability data on the coupé to generate a reliability rating.

    The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the DB12, we’ll publish the score here.

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