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Do You Really Need A 911 Turbo | Aston Martin DB12

Aston knows how to design a handsome machine

For

Looks, no modern electric interferance

Against

Slow screens, cramped rear seats

Exterior

It looks a lot like a DB11 or DBS. Yes, the overall silhouette remains identical, but here are a few tips to spot the differences - the lights have newer elements, and the reverse-mounted bonnet on the DB11 has now given way to a standard bonnet. And because of the hinges being absent on this side, they’ve been able to give it a wider grille, which is to aid better cooling.

The overall proportions and design language haven’t changed much, but the stance, the way the wheels pack the arches, the vents on the sides… it’s now a more assertive, aggressive, and brawnier car. The DB12 leans towards the ground vacated by the DBS, but it’s slightly less brutish, has less muscle, more tone than that. Many now feel the grille has got out of hand, that it’s too big, but we don’t see that as an issue. Aston knows how to design a handsome machine.



TopGear Magazine June 2024