This car is a full surprise for me. You see it and, instantly, you know is an Aston Martin. But, when you look closer, you see a less beautiful car than the old Astons, with more "technical" design, more rugged and with some futuristic style details. The floating roof, the complex and all LED tailligths, the more angular and defined hard lines and the multiple air scoops give the car a more "race purpouse" style than the previous generations.
Is a good design. Is a good Aston Martin. A surprising new Aston Martin.
This bolded is what disappoints me most about this car. To me the Aston's have been my favorite cars for a very long time because they relied on beautiful proportions and weren't adorned with excessive design details. They were simple, pure, and beautiful!
This DB11 still has the great proportions, but now there is so much going on in terms of design details that the proportions are almost lost to the eye. Instead of stepping back and taking in the whole, I find myself focusing in on individual elements, or to be more blunt, the whole is less than sum of it's parts.
What I like about the Continental is that they didn't overdesign the car, they settled on the best proportions they could get with the platform they were given, then used a restrained brush to paint the whole. Aston has lost that with the DB11.