The new Aston Martin V8-powered DB11 recently made its long-awaited arrival at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and it can now be ordered by UK drivers.

The new V8 power unit delivers 503bhp and 675Nm and reveals more of the DB11’s sporting character, with a combination of exceptional performance and improved efficiency. With this superbly designed engine beneath its bonnet, the DB11 will move from 0-62mph in just 4.0sec and then on to a top speed of 187mph. But in line with the modern needs of fuel efficiency and pollution control, its CO2 emissions are 230g/km1 and it has a EU Combined fuel economy figure of 28.5mpg1.

“As an engineer, I find the DB11 a fascinating car,” said Aston Martin Chief Technical Officer, Max Szwaj. “One with great depth of character and ability. The V8 is very much its own car. One with a distinct and carefully crafted character that’s truly seductive.”

The inherent qualities of this light, compact and characterful power unit make it the ideal choice to sit alongside the existing V12 engine. Aston Martin’s engineering team has tailored the V8 engine perfectly for its application in the DB11 with bespoke air intake, exhaust and wet sump lubrication systems.

There are subtle visual differences between the two variants that include a unique alloy wheel finish, dark headlamp bezels and a pair of bonnet vents instead of the quartet featured on the V12. These vents come in a choice of black or titanium-finish mesh, again different from that fitted to the twelve-cylinder variant.

Aston Martin President and CEO, Dr Andy Palmer said of the V8-engined DB11: “The DB11 is the most complete and sophisticated car Aston Martin has ever made. Now, with this new V8 engine option we have broadened its appeal by offering a car that will bring the DB11 to more customers around the world.”

Electronic calibration of the V8 engine has included creating new ECU software and reprogramming the engine and throttle mapping to ensure it possesses the all-important feel and sound for which Aston Martins are renowned. And both V8 and V12 customers have the same standard equipment levels and the same extensive choice of colour and trim options.

The V8-powered DB11 is on sale now with a recommended retail price from £144.900, with deliveries beginning before the end of the year.