Coming as no surprise, former talk show host and car collector Jay Leno is one of the first people outside of Aston Martin to sample the new DB11 grand tourer.
Leno was behind the wheel of the pre-production prototype that was on display at the car’s 2016 Geneva Motor Show debut, and joining him for the day was none other than former Stig Ben Collins.
Collins was in another new Aston Martin, the 7-speed manual-equipped V12 Vantage S, and the professional racer and stunt car driver made the most of all the performance on hand. Unfortunately Leno couldn’t push the DB11 anywhere near its limits as the car is one of only a handful of examples in the country, and it has a long list of appointments ahead of it.
We’ve also driven the new DB11 but can’t tell you what it’s like behind the wheel until August. What we can tell you is that the car sounds awesome on startup and looks particularly fetching in its burnt orange hero color.
The DB11 goes on sale this fall as a 2017 model. It comes with a twin-turbocharged 5.2-liter V-12 that delivers a peak 600 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, along with an 8-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. The starting price is a very reasonable $211,995.