If we were only judging the V8, the DB11 would score much higher on this front. Unfortunately, its score is dragged down by the rather saggy V12. Like many supercars these days, the DB11 has a suspension that varies its characteristics according to which driving mode you select, and you’ll also notice some variation in the behaviour of the steering, accelerator response and gearshifts. Whichever mode you choose, though, driving the V12 Aston quickly becomes a very demanding experience. The suspension allows a surprising amount of vertical movement, resulting in a just-as-surprising amount of dive and squat to be felt at either end of the car. This, combined with the fact that the car will hop sideways over mid-corner bumps, makes it feel rather unsettled when you’re threading it through bends in double-quick time. The ride isn’t ideal, either, feeling crashy at low speeds and jumpy at higher speeds. At least the steering is very direct and has a good amount of feel.
Although it’s built using the same underbody components, by losing four-cylinders, the weight in the nose of the V8 car is reduced by a staggering 100kgs. Additionally, the shorter engine sits closer to the middle of the car, and as a result the V8 changes direction with an enthusiasm and fluidity the V12 can only dream of. The V8 also gets bespoke suspension settings, so the rear end of the car feels far more secure, allowing you to exploit the power fully, without the need to cross yourself before you do so.