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Aston Martin has unveiled the new DB11 AMR, the successor to the DB11 V12. The race-inspired variant gets the latest chassis-tuning first used on the V8 model, and enough firepower though its uprated V12 engine to fight it out with its most potent rivals – the Bentley Continental GT W12 and the V12 Mercedes-AMG S 65.
Replacing the two-year-old DB11 V12, which accounts for 40 percent of annual DB11 sales, the DB11 AMR’s uprated twin-turbocharged 5.2-litre powerplant develops 639hp at 6,500rpm and 700Nm at 1,500rpm. While the latter remains unchanged, the former represents a significant boost of 30.4hp over the outgoing V12.
Not only does that ensure the hottest DB11 now has 129hp of breathing space compared with the entry-level AMG V8-powered car, it also provides the DB11 AMR with muscle to worry its archrivals, including the 635hp Bentley Continental GT W12 and 630hp V12 Mercedes-AMG S65.
As suggested by the AMR moniker, an acronym for Aston Martin Racing, the new model gets more than just a power boost. It also sends grunt to the rear axle via a retuned ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox and breathes through a new and less restrictive exhaust system, engineered to give the car a racier tone. The combined results are a new 0-100kph time of 3.7sec, two-tenths better than before, and a top speed of 335kph, a gain of 13kph.
The chassis development team, led by chief engineer Matt Becker, has provided the AMR variant with the more agile suspension and geometry set-up of the younger V8 model. Aston claims the improvements have enhanced its responsiveness but had no noticeable effect on the car’s ability to be a comfortable grand tourer.
To signify its range-topping position, the DB11 AMR gets exposed carbon-fibre trim and gloss black detailing on its exterior. Chrome has also been swapped for monochrome, with dark surrounds on the headlights and smoked tail-lights. This more aggressive theme continues inside, where there’s more monochrome trim and Alcantara upholstery, along with a lime central stripe on the leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Alongside the regular trim options for the AMR, which now includes a new carbon-fibre steering wheel, there are three so-called Designer Specifications available. Buyers can also specify a matching tailored luggage set.
At the car’s launch, Aston is offering a limited-edition version of the AMR with Stirling Green and lime livery that mimic the look of the division’s racing models. This variant gets more carbon-fibre detailing and an interior trimmed with Dark Knight leather and contrasting lime details. Just 100 are due to be made. [...]
A good education, as my dear aunt – who’s an educator herself – would frequently remind me, comes down to the calibre of the teacher. The syllabus taught never really changes, and no matter how you swing it, two plus two always equals four. But the difference comes in how the lesson is taught. You’re either taught this with an intention to make you understand or you’re told to stop asking stupid questions and accept that’s just how things are. Alright, perhaps the trauma of my dealings with mathematics in my younger days is tempering my tone just a little, here but the truth is, I probably hated the subject because I wasn’t taught it very well.
But life itself is one long, glorious learning process; and no matter the skill in question, it takes years to reach the top, or anywhere close. There are no exceptions to this rule. Happily, though, there are a number of ways to safely speed-up the process and in the joyous world of motorcycles, riding schools are the best way to do so. Among the many riding schools out there, the California Superbike School is highly regarded as one of the best there is.
You’ve probably heard about CSS, by now – the school has been coming to India once a year, since 2010. However, I only got to experience it last year. The lessons were so eye-opening and the information provided so vast, I left with big improvements but also an uncertainty about whether I’d fully grasped all that was taught. So, when the opportunity to attend this year’s session came up, I simply couldn’t say no.
With less to process this time around, I had a freer mind to focus on what I felt were my issues on the bike. I also had the capacity to analyse what it is that makes this school so good and surprise, surprise – it doesn’t come down to what they teach you so much as how they teach it.
We motorcyclists all tend to make the same mistakes. Over the years, legendary riding guru and CSS founder Keith Code distilled this information down and came up with a set of solutions. These have since been taught to all forms of students – from casual enthusiasts to semi-professional riders like myself and full-time racers at the top of their game. But simply finding out you what you should and shouldn’t do on the bike isn’t that hard any more thanks to the internet. The difference here is how the coaches find your problems and help you solve them.
A read of the interview on the following page will reveal just how hard it is to be accepted as a coach at CSS, as well as how intensive and extensive the training programme is – and the results show. The coaches are out riding all day long, keeping an eagle eye on the students, spotting mistakes you have no idea that you’re making and finding the necessary fixes.
Every student has their own set of problems, for example, my height is an issue on the smaller motorcycles we tend to ride. My coach Martin Plunkett diagnosed that the toe of my boot on
the outer peg rested at a wrong angle, which resulted in me not being able to properly lock onto the bike with my outer leg. This meant I was clenching the handlebars too tightly. All of this was resulting in unnecessary fatigue, which I complained about in an earlier session.
Martin identified this by riding behind me for just a handful of corners, before going on to follow his other students to identify their issues and help them with personalised solutions. Mind you, there are such five riding sessions per day where we practise the different lessons taught in the classroom, and three different batches of students. That means all the on-track coaches like Martin are doing this fifteen times a day for three days straight. It’s nothing short of incredible.
The above example is just one of the many such revelations I had on the race track during my three days at CSS. Of course, the coaches can only help you understand what mistakes you’re making and identify the solutions. Finding the time and space to safely practise these lessons and making them an instinctive part of your riding is up to you. However, it’s only when you experience the school for yourself that you truly understand and appreciate how intricately thought-out and refined the coaching system really is. It is the result of decades of meticulous study and deep analysis. This near obsession to constantly push the boundaries is what makes the CSS truly world class.
Q&A GARY ADSHEAD - SEMINARIST AND CHIEF RIDING COACH, EUROPE
It’s how we communicate at the school, work with the students and get them to understand that sets us apart. What does it take to be a CSS coach?
Well, first of all, to be a coach you have to be a good student. There are two ways into the coaching program. If your coach thinks that you are a good student, you understand the technology and are a good communicator, you could be invited [...]
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