The modern ‘super-GT’ inherits a legacy forged and refined over a century of sports car-making, through front-engined, rear-wheel drive legends such as the pre-war Alfa Romeo 8C and the likes of the Jaguar E-Type, Aston Martin DB4, Ferrari 250 and Mercedes-Benz 300 SL ‘gullwing’. No other part of the performance car market has better pedigree.
These are cars intended for the idyllic, high-speed continent-crossing missions of your waking dreams.
They’re ‘have your cake and eat it’ cars, with excellent touring manners and plenty of space for your luggage, often with a couple of occasional back seats included.
But the very best combine all that with absolutely first-order speed, power, handling poise and driver engagement; or, alternatively, limousine-like luxury, as you prefer.
Gaydon’s full-fat DB11 is known as ‘the intercontinental missile’ in company circles because of its uncanny ability to make long distances disappear underneath its wheels so quickly and effortlessly that you’ll barely feel the strain of their passing.
This is the first turbocharged car in Aston Martin's history. Its German-built 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 engine makes for a greater swell of accessible torque for the car than any Aston Martin has been blessed with before, on which it can surf forwards with both pace and part-throttle nonchalance. Even after that forced induction makeover, the DB11's engine still sounds rich and enticing and likes to rev when the opportunity presents.