18 Aston Martin DB11 is much faster than S-Class coupe

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TopGear season 24 Episode 3 has aired and it includes another classic 2 car TopGear Test Track laptime faceoff - this time between two powerful luxury coupes Aston Martin DB11 and Mercedes-Benz S63 Coupe.

Since Aston Martin DB11 has twelve cylinders, it would have been fair if TopGear brought the V12 S65 instead of S63. But I doubt if extra power would be enough to close the 2.5 second gap. V12 in S65 makes already heavy, luxury-oriented coupe even more heavy and luxury oriented.

Aston did well here, but if failed to beat certain 4-door family car that was featured in previous episode. That just shows that bulky luxury grand-tourers are not built for track days.

By FastestLaps, 4 days ago   24.2k

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Monanysou  1d  

S 63 or S65, this is still a valid comparison, but just to show differences between excellent cars. Both cars are true GTs yet differ enough to attract different clientele.


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Fastedee  1d  

Yet it can match a track focused 4 door like the track focused Cadillacs who have very similar Willow times.This is just a training exercise for the chassis marketed to the country club. Even the .1 difference with the Giulia QV is within the range of human error.


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FastestLaps  1d  

For neither of these two cars track performance was is any sort of priority - Merc is basically shortened S class limo. But it is great to watch these behemoths on track anyway. Big power and big weight gives spectacular hot laps with some unintended tyre smoke action :)


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Fastedee  2d  

If it's within 5 seconds of that "certain 4-door family car"at Nordschleife I'll be quite impressed.


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Fastedee  3d  

The GT 3r only has front seats cause it's a track inspired coupe. The db11 has good seats in the back until the kids hit 150 cm lol. If the Porsche Panamera is faster it's faster than an ATS V and CTS V....which it might well be.


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jeremy  4d  

A panamera turbo sport tourismo will probably be faster lol


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BR2+  4d  

I do wonder why they give these big coupes thes really tiny seats, I dont see the point. I mean either make the seats have enough room like a small saloon, Or make them atleast efficient, Rather then just some 2+2 bs, Id rather they just make it a 2 seater and use the extra back for more room for luggage, Or just make the car smaller in that area and save quite a bit of weight.


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saxy  4d  

the S class is nearly a full foot longer and have great back seats. The DB11 back seats are no better than an A class...

A much better comparison is a Bentley.


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Fastedee  4d  

Continental gt 3r. Looks a Supersport with that awesome aero.


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Fastedee  4d  

I'd take the Aston but the Bentley Supersport Gt-3r is the Bomb and is as loud as one.


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Fastedee  4d  

Mercedes is roomier just depends how quick you wanna go down the country club lane or down to Soul Cycle. You'd get a ticket either way. Aston is amusing in having "go slow" aids. The Motor Trend test guy said launch control won't let you get to sixty in less than five seconds and auto shift less than 4.5. Can'the have these rich dentists and Hollywood producers killing themselves now lmao.


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BR2+  4d  

Ill take that S63 all day over that DB11, Strange as that sounds.


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Fastedee  4d  

Car has good basic balancea- just needs to lose some pork and have the training wheels knocked off lol.


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Fastedee  4d  

Blew the DBS away at Willow but was much closer here.


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Fastedee  4d  

Like to see it against M6 Gran Coupe competition next.


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Fastedee  4d  

Motor Trend faced an SL65 off against a db9. The db9 had better handling numbers and was as quick to 110 mph. The massive torque was wasted in clouds of tire smoke. The SL65 is the most quintessentially British car made by Germany then. The DB11 is the best combination of the two since Victoria and Albert.


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hostboy  4d  

I'm actually glad they paired the DB11 against the S63. Both are twin-turbo'd, so...


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hostboy  4d  

S63 is definitely more suited for the track than S65. S65 should be against Vantage S.