LONDON -- Aston Martin has given its new DB12 sports car beefier styling, more power and improved chassis technology to create a larger price gap to the DB11 coupe it replaces.
The DB12 uses a reworked version of the 4.0-liter, twin-turbo AMG-Mercedes V-8 from the DB11 but with power increased to 670 hp from 527 hp, reducing the 0 to 60 mph (97 kph) acceleration time to 3.4 seconds from 3.9 seconds to 3.4 seconds, Aston Martin said.
The upgrades make the DB12 a direct rival with the Ferrari Roma, which also uses a front-mounted turbocharged V-8. The DB12 has more horsepower that the 611-hp Roma.
The DB12 will also compete less directly with cars such as the Porsche 911 and the Bentley Continental GT.