First launched in Malaysia in September 2016, the Aston Martin DB11 was offered with a 5.2 litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine and a price tag around the RM2 million mark. Now, Aston Martin Kuala Lumpur looks set to introduce a V8-powered version after a teaser was posted on its official Facebook page.

The imminent arrival of the DB11 V8 comes less than a year after the model celebrated its global premiere in June last year. The V8 itself is a 4.0 litre twin-turbo unit that is supplied by Mercedes-AMG, Aston Martin’s technical partner.

In the DB11, the mill makes 510 PS and 675 Nm of torque, the latter being just a little more than what you’ll find in the Mercedes-AMG GT (650 Nm). Unsurprisingly, it outputs less power than the V12 version with 608 PS and 700 Nm.

Rather than a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, Aston Martin has paired the V8 with a ZF eight-speed torque converter automatic gearbox – good for a zero to 100 km/h time of just four seconds and 301 km/h top speed.

Compared to the V12-powered DB11, the upcoming model is 0.1 seconds and 21 km/h slower in both aforementioned performance aspects. However, the DB11 V8 is 115 kg lighter than the V12 at just 1,760 kg, and comes with different engine mounts and wet sump system. Other revisions include a retuned suspension and ESP software to ensure optimal driving dynamics.

Visually, the V8 model is distinguished from the V12 by a bonnet with just two vents (the V12 has four), new alloy wheel finish and dark headlamp bezels. The interior remains largely unchanged with a bevy of personalisation options available through the brand’s bespoke department, Q by Aston Martin.

In other markets, the V8 is more affordable than the V12, and that should be mirrored here as well. The only thing is, would you prefer a V8-powered DB11, or one with a big V12?

GALLERY: Aston Martin DB11 V8