New 2016 Aston Martin 'DB11' turbo spied with Merc S-class dials, switchgear

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    New 2016 Aston Martin 'DB11' turbo spied with Merc S-class dials, switchgear


    We've already uncovered proof that Aston Martin's DB9 successor due in late 2016 will be turbocharged - and today we can confirm that the 'DB11' will use Mercedes-Benz electrical architecture, including S-class-sourced digital instruments and switchgear.

    CAR magazine's spies have nosed inside the cabin and uncovered electronic dials taken straight from a Merc as well as a Comand interface rotary controller and switches for heating, chassis settings and more. Gaydon has already confirmed its partnership with Daimler would include sharing electrical architecture - long an Aston Martin weakness - and here's the proof.

    Note that this prototype has many Mercedes systems strapped in place, somewhat haphazardly in the case of the HVAC heating and ventilation switches lashed horizontally by the passenger's knee; we anticipate that in production they will be 'Astonised' to include bespoke British graphics, look and feel. But their origin is undisputably German.
    http://www.carmagazine.co.uk/spy-sho...ife-after-db9/

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    Re: New 2016 Aston Martin 'DB11' turbo spied with Merc S-class dials, switchgear

    New AMG engines and a new interior + AM's style= a perfection
    Awesome news!

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    Production interior won't look anything like that, but it'll be interesting to see how the S Class electric architecture will be integrated into a British car.

    Exterior should look fantastic, par for Aston.
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    Production interior won't look anything like that, but it'll be interesting to see how the S Class electric architecture will be integrated into a British car.

    Exterior should look fantastic, par for Aston.
    Yes, not a final version, but it's good to know that Mercedes is involved)

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    Yes, not a final version, but it's good to know that Mercedes is involved)
    Absolutely agreed. Nothing bad can come out of having Mercedes involved in making a high end interior.
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    Absolutely agreed. Nothing bad can come out of having Mercedes involved in making a high end interior.
    Really? Nothing? Okay...
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    Really? Nothing? Okay...
    Okay, you want to play that game?

    Name me three interiors below $200,000 that beat the S Class. And to make it even more fun, name ANY American car interior at any price point that shames the S Class.

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    Re: New 2016 Aston Martin 'DB11' turbo spied with Merc S-class dials, switchgear

    A great example of how true consolidation in the auto industry isn't the only way to go. Aston benefits from Mercedes experience and volume for top-notch interior electronics, and Aston can focus their energy on other aspects of their car. If the switchgear and interface are modified or even fully unique, this becomes transparent for the customer. Very smart move!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Envoy4Life View Post
    Okay, you want to play that game?

    Name me three interiors below $200,000 that beat the S Class. And to make it even more fun, name ANY American car interior at any price point that shames the S Class.

    Can't? Thanks for playing!
    I get why that would see to be the most obvious answer to this tie in, but I'll bite. Mercedes does expensive very, very well in a 'carved from a solid piece of granite with no frills whatsoever' kind of way. But, ask them to throw a little opulence into the mix and you seem at least as likely to get something that looks like a cross between Darth Vader's bathroom and a Miami cathouse as you are to get something that smacks of old world British regality. If the powers that be at AM can keep Mercedes influence to a supplier role the whole scenario potentially works out well because you have the best of both worlds, but I wouldn't bet on that being the case. Just a feeling I have about the future of AM and their new German buddy.

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    Re: New 2016 Aston Martin 'DB11' turbo spied with Merc S-class dials, switchgear

    Quote Originally Posted by Envoy4Life View Post
    Okay, you want to play that game?

    Name me three interiors below $200,000 that beat the S Class. And to make it even more fun, name ANY American car interior at any price point that shames the S Class.

    Can't? Thanks for playing!
    Really? That's the way you are going to answer? So much for reading...

    I never compared the interior of the S Class with another vehicle. I only asked how can you expect perfection from something automotive just because Mercedes is involved. Yes the S class has very nice interior, bit it has its problems and they are well known in the Mercedes community. Squeaky sounds from around the cabin and a glitchyand sometime unresponsive Command system are problems well known and even have with bulletins running.

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    Re: New 2016 Aston Martin 'DB11' turbo spied with Merc S-class dials, switchgear

    To my discredit I didn't go read the full article, but the video sounds like the new Aston will retain a V-12 of some kind versus dialing back to a twin-turbo V-8. Some version of Mercedes' V-12, but I'm guessing they will use a twin-turbo setup like MB. That should lead to a considerable performance increase over the current cars, which sound beautiful but that 5.9L just doesn't have the performance of the competitors and hasn't had it for years. And frankly that's my only real issue with Astons these days. But I do still wonder, despite Daimler apparently having no interest, if DAG would eventually benefit from just acquiring AM. I don't know that a company like AM will last all that much longer without becoming part of a larger group, but perhaps I'm wrong. But perhaps not. Over the years DAG has had an engine role in Pagani, and Pagani remains independent AFAIK (AM is corporate owned, but not part of an auto group if I have my facts right).

    Quote Originally Posted by paul8488 View Post
    A great example of how true consolidation in the auto industry isn't the only way to go. Aston benefits from Mercedes experience and volume for top-notch interior electronics, and Aston can focus their energy on other aspects of their car. If the switchgear and interface are modified or even fully unique, this becomes transparent for the customer. Very smart move!
    We see how Aston benefits but I'm not sure long term how Daimler could not benefit from simply owning Aston. The Aston Martin intender is probably in a rather different position than one looking for a high-end Mercedes, AMG or otherwise. So MB can have buyers that would be interested in either, or both.

    Quote Originally Posted by syr74 View Post
    I get why that would see to be the most obvious answer to this tie in, but I'll bite. Mercedes does expensive very, very well in a 'carved from a solid piece of granite with no frills whatsoever' kind of way. But, ask them to throw a little opulence into the mix and you seem at least as likely to get something that looks like a cross between Darth Vader's bathroom and a Miami cathouse as you are to get something that smacks of old world British regality. If the powers that be at AM can keep Mercedes influence to a supplier role the whole scenario potentially works out well because you have the best of both worlds, but I wouldn't bet on that being the case. Just a feeling I have about the future of AM and their new German buddy.
    At this point I'm highly confident that Mercedes will have no notable role in the way this Aston presents itself stylistically, outside or in.

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