Meet Russia’s Cardi 442 Concept - a reworked Aston Martin DB9

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 16, 2016

The British car manufacturer first unveiled their grand tourer, the Aston Martin DB9, during the 2003 Frankfurt Auto Show. The vehicle was actually made available both as a coupe and as Aston Martin DB9 Volante (which was a convertible). DB9 was the successor of the Aston Martin DB7 and was the very first model that was built in the British manufacturer’s Gaydon facility.

Aston Martin DB9 was designed by Henrik Fisker and is mainly made of aluminium except for the front bumpers and bonnet (which were composite). It was based on the DB7 with a more contemporary approach to the classic DB design elements and characteristics. The DB9 has a traditional Aston Martin grille and side strakes for simple and refined lines. The front portion of the car has no visible bumpers and does not have a separate nose cone. It is powered by a 6.0L V12 engine that can produce a maximum power of 444 horsepower. It has a top speed of 186 mph and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in a matter of 4.7 seconds.

Aston Martin’s DB9 has been around for more than 12 years and has gone through a lot of model year revisions to be able to cater to consumer needs. Now, the time has come for the DB9 to retire. But it does not have to end up in an old rusty junk yard. Cliché as it may sound, great things start from small beginnings, and so Russian coachbuilder Cardi is at the works of creating something great from the DB9.

Cardi is doing some reconstruction to create a “sexier” DB9 – presenting the Aston Martin DB11. Well, the DB11 doesn’t really look exactly like the DB9 due to some dissecting and reconstructing that Cardi has been doing but it has embraced a new identity by taking inspiration from its old self. There have been some modifications with the physical features of the DB11 as compared to its DB9 base model.

The iconic Aston Martin grille and B pillar have been removed so that the DB11 looks a lot more like a luxury cruiser than a grand tourer. Also, the DB11 has a wider body and plunging rear that doesn’t look anywhere near the DB9 that it used to be.

What sets the DB11 apart from its old self (DB9) is the complete reconstruction of its interior. It now has a touch of modernity even with the same retro Lincoln-esque themed interior that brings the outdated DB9 into the 21st century.

The interior experience is Tesla-like except that instead of a giant iPad screen, a large piece of wood trim dominates the dashboard which is likely to keep the driver focused with driving. And instead of the usual analogue dials, a screen has been installed to show how fast the car has been going.

Everything is brand new in the DB11 except for a few things – its 6.0-liter V12 engine, the same 444 to 540 horsepower output, rear-wheel drive, and automatic transmission. The steering wheel also comes straight out of a 1970 Lincoln.

There haven’t been any reports yet on when Aston Martin will decide to push through with the production of the DB11 and how many it will make, or how much would each sell, or where it will be made available.

Actually, the Aston Martin DB11 was initially designed to mark the British automaker’s 25th anniversary but now that this concept has piqued the interest of consumers and Aston Martin fans worldwide, Cardi is making itself ready to make this concept into a reality.

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