In a move towards global acceptance and modernity, the 2017 DB11 V8 becomes the first Aston Martin to be powered by a Mercedes AMG engine.
The V8 model may be 100bhp down on the V12, but it shaves 250 lbs in weight from it's larger sibling. The V8's suspension has also been tweaked for greater driver involvement, with new 'GT', 'Sport' and 'Sport+' driving modes. Indeed, these modification will be carried through to the V12 model when revised in 2018.
Minor styling changes (such as two bonnet grilles instead of four) help experts distinguish between the two models.
This leaves customers with a tricky choice. The traditional, all Aston V12 with it's accompanying soundtrack and all that represents, or the modern, equally fast and better handling V8 ... and £13k change in their pockets (which could be way more in some other countries)?