In a rather unsatisfactory outcome, the DB12 is not V12-powered. The marque decided to abandon the 5.2-liter turbocharged power unit that was developed in-house and manufactured in Germany. It's not yet clear if stricter emission rules killed this powertrain for good and for everyone, but the only option customers can now enjoy is the Mercedes-AMG-sourced 4.0-liter V8 that puts out 670 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque.
But the task in front of us is to make the DB12 look as enthralling as possible using the brand-new configurator. If you want to join us in sharing the build experience, we suggest you turn on some James Bond-inspired music without a rushed action feel. We chose some of Nicholas Britel's most recent tunes featured in the "Succession" TV show to get in the right mood.
Discovering a world of opportunitiesThe interface might initially feel too much, but it provides us with the necessary tools to make the right decisions. The automaker spent time and good money developing it because it worked flawlessly for us. There are, for example, many environments to choose from, and you can even admire the coupe at night to figure out the perfect combination. All this only enhances the customization process. Everyone can make the right choices here. There are nearly zero chances of regret.
The first step is choosing the right color. The iconic grand tourer looks excellent when finished in a bold shade, but we weren't that brave. We went with Satin Aston Martin Racing Green instead of the futuristic Digital Violet. We settled on the Scottish Highlands-like scenery, where every angle of our AMR23-like DB12 looked perfect.
This Q by Aston Martin paint job also celebrates the brand's F1 return. Considering the current developments and Alonso's latest performances, it feels right. Enjoy the photo gallery before moving on.
Picking the right stuffWe chose to have the dark grille on our DB12 to match the roof and the side mirrors. It gives the vehicle a subtler look, making it sportier and more elegant.
The next step is choosing the right wheel design. Our model has the 21-inch Y-spoke wheel finished in Satin Bronze. The other six options available are attractive, but none look as good as what we have already. So, we're sticking with these. They just fit!
Picking the right brake caliper color proved a bit difficult. On the one hand, black is subtle enough and didn't interfere with our picks. But on the other hand, the yellow calipers just added a little bit of pizzazz. It was much-needed for a two-door Aston Martin that wasn't specced wildly from the get-go. Plus, how would people figure out we have carbon ceramics fitted, right? So, we went with it. The Aston Martin Racing Green calipers, however, came in a close second!
Since this is a grand tourer meant to take us on lengthy, comfortable rides, we decided against the performance seats. The "Sports Plus" option will serve the driver and the passenger well. But we didn't leave it to chance.
The interior deserved a special touch, so we picked "bitter chocolate" as the primary upholstery (and carpet!) color and combined it with sage green. It looks daring and may differ from everyone's taste, but how often will you buy a brand-new Aston Martin? "Make it yours!" we thought. That's why we also added the "Mocha" seatbelts. This interior feels somewhat filled with life now.
Indulging our every whimThe door trim inlay was another point of debate. At first, we wanted to go with the open-pore dark walnut option, but it felt like too much of an "old man spec." To add that niche luxurious feeling, the trim we finally decided upon was dark brushed aluminum. It fits right onto our philosophy and doesn't compromise the cabin look. It also looks bang on when fitted to the center console.
Next, you can have some bits and pieces, like the speaker covers or the paddle shifters, finished in dark satin chrome. We decided against it because the satin silver option keeps the cabin more intriguing. And with that, we managed to avoid every bit of carbon fiber Aston Martin suggested.
- the Bowers & Wilkins sound system;
- the branded first aid kit;
- the Convenience pack (mainly for the Aston Martin flashlight);
- the umbrella.
All in all, this is probably one of the best configurators we have ever seen. It's even better than Bentley's, which is great news for Aston Martin, which is celebrating 110 years of existence. This platform provides a great experience and allows everyone to dream about owning a DB12. However, it is a gold mine for prospective customers who don't want to spend too much time with a salesperson. Try it, and you won't regret it.
The British weren't very good at keeping their auto industry alive. Today, even the iconic London black cab taxi is under foreign ownership. But even though the Germans, the Chinese, and the Indians today own some of the most loved auto brands coming out of the UK, nobody can fault the British for designing stupendous motor vehicles. The DB12 looks dazzling and, as shown above, can turn into a white canvas for you to make it exactly what the heart desires.
Finally, don't hesitate to critique our design or tell us how the ideal DB12 looks for you in the comment section.