Discover Why The Porsche 959 Was The Forward Thinking Supercar

Every once in a while, a moonshot car comes along and defines the future of a brand. Think about the Porsche 959. What was a limited-run hypercar in the mid 1980s was essentially in production two decades later. The same can be said about the 2003 Bentley Continental. Sure, there were Bentleys built before and after, but that Continental was the road map for the brand’s way forward. When I say the Toyota, you think Prius. Certain cars are simply mission statements. With all that in mind, meet the DB11, the machine that will define every Aston Martin from here on out.

Should you peruse the press materials, you’ll see a line from CEO Andy Palmer that states, “We aspire to make the most beautiful cars in the world.” It must be a great work environment for the design team, huh? Anyhow, the DB11 is beautiful. Deeply, willfully, unabashedly beautiful. Admittedly, when I first saw the DB11 in print, I dismissed it as just another good-looking Aston Martin. When I saw one in the flesh at last year’s Geneva show, I thought the DB11 was sporty but not fist-bitingly sexy.

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Counter-intuitively, auto shows are among the worst places to get a good look at a car. Tom Gale, the former head of Chrysler design, has said you have to see a car in sunlight before you can fully pass judgment. Not long ago I saw a white DB11 on the road and nearly snapped my neck trying to get a longer look. For those of you who haven’t seen the DB11 in person, I implore you to go hang out in Beverly Hills for the day. For those of you who have seen it and still don’t like it, all I can say is that sometimes people gaze upon the future and blink.

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