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British sports car manufacturer, Aston Martin has just opened its new showroom in Kuala Lumpur on Jalan Pinang, opposite the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. The opening coinciding with the Malaysian arrival of Aston Martin’s latest, the DB11, which first broke cover globally at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year.

“Malaysia is a significant market for Aston Martin in the region, and thus multi-million dollar investment is a testament to the brand’s strong presence an growth in Asia. Following the success of our partnership with Wearnes in Singapore, we are delighted to extend the relationship to Malaysia,” said Patrik Nilsson(pictured, left), president of Aston Martin Asia Pacific.

Open six days a week with Sundays available upon appointment, Aston Martin Kuala Lumpur is a 4,747 sq ft facility which cost RM3.5 million to complete, and has space to accommodate up to five display cars in the showroom. In the centre of the facility is a space where customers can have their cars specified to their selection via the Q by Aston Martin personalisation service.

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As the first product to emerge from Aston Martin’s ‘Second Century’ plan, the new DB11 is the first of recent Astons to sport a forced-induction powerplant, here featuring a 5.2 litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine producing 608 PS at 6,500 rpm and 700 Nm of torque at 1,500 to 5,000 rpm.

Paired with an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission, the powertrain makes the DB11 Aston Martin’s “fastest and most accelerative ‘DB’ model” in history, with a century sprint time of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 322 km/h.

The powerplant is housed beneath a one-piece, forward-hinged clamshell bonnet, which is also home to a wider, more prominent grille as well as a pair of LED headlamps with daytime running lights. Further along, more exterior design flourishes are present, where a highly labour-intensive roof structure runs a steep arc from the A-pillar to the C-pillar.

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Round the back, the rear end of the DB11 sports LED tail lights of a restyled Vanquish fashion, while the Aston Martin Aeroblade channels air via intakes located at the base of the C-pillar towards slots in the rear deck lid to reduce lift around the rear. The rear deck lid will deploy a small active spoiler, should more downforce be required.

Rolling stock for the DB11 are 255/45R20 front and 295/35R20 rear tyres, specially developed and aptly named Bridgestone S007. Braking is handled by 400 mm discs and six-piston monobloc calipers in front, and 360 mm disc with four-pot calipers at the back. Chassis, suspension, steering and electronics have all been reworked, while active Bilstein dampers and Active Brake Torque Vectoring complement the roadholding ensemble.

Inside, the DB11 is clothed in a revised interior design language, while Aston’s partnership with Mercedes-Benz appears here. A full-colour 12-inch TFT LCD display serves as the instrument cluster, while a second centrally-mounted eight-inch TFT screen is dedicated to the car’s Mercedes-sourced COMAND infotainment system. Controlling the infotainment system is done via a rotary control with an optional touchpad.

DB11 allocation for this year has already been spoken for, with the global waiting list stretching into the second half of 2017 for orders placed now. The Aston Martin DB11 starts from “around RM2 million” including local taxes, but the final price after customisation can be substantially higher, as is the case with automobiles at this level of luxury.