The Aston Martin DB9 Grand Tourer has been redesigned and we were anxious to see the results. We were not disappointed. The most impressive ‘DB’ to date, this Aston Martin model encapsulates muscle, beauty and design in one magnificent sports car.
With a powerful 6.0-litre V12 engine, the DB9 GT commanded centre stage as it was unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2015. It is only fitting for a car of this power and prowess to be presented at this acclaimed festival. Since the 1950s, the DB4, DB5, DB6, DB7 have been renowned as elegant performance sports cars.
The DB9 is no exception; in fact, Aston Martin may have outdone itself. The vehicle is as beautiful as it is commanding. A machine of muscle, it has been designed with performance and regal bearing in mind. Performance is tracked from the uprated 6.0-litre V12 petrol engine, which is capable of producing an impressive 547 PS at 6750 rpm, and 620 Nm of torque at 5500 rpm.
The interior of the car is fluid in its design with the independent double wishbone suspension. The three-stage Adaptive Damping System (ADS) ensures that the driver is always in control in Normal, Sport and Track modes to ensure optimum drivability.
Readers may recall the AMi infotainment system debuted on the Vanquish. Version II makes an appearance in the DB9 II in the form of the touch-sensitive Aston Martin infotainment system. It’s more simplified and easier to use. With pioneering infotainment systems, the vehicle can be personalised with different background themes and linked to mobile devices to sync text messages.
USB ports and Bluetooth audio streaming allow for significant integration with devices and it comes with a range of AM, FM, DAB and SDAR options (US only). The vehicle status information inspires confidence that everything is well with the DB9. The technology seems effortless.
The Product Development Team knew the task of redesigning the DB9 was not going to be easy. But it has been a success. Power, technology and charm have been injected in the new DB9 even as it has been able to retain the appealing essence of the original vehicle.
Modifications have been subtle, yet effective. The head and tail lights have been gently redesigned to allow the design to have a fluid feel. The black splitter and diffuser help reduce drag and enable the vehicle to move faster.
The eye is drawn to the striking 20-inch alloy wheels and distinctive ten spokes. The anodised brake callipers are understated and the GT badge is proudly embossed on the fuel filler. The company’s Product Development Director Ian Minards is confident that his team of engineers has produced a performance car that takes the grand tourers to the next level.
The bespoke options allow customers to personalise the DB9 with diamond-turned 20” alloy wheels. Brake callipers are available in a variety of colours, carbon fibre tail lamp inserts and for racing enthusiasts, the front splitter and rear diffuser are also available. The interior is equally as impressive, with seven hides of fluted leather and the ‘GT’ title embroidered onto the 2+2 seats.
Select the coupe option and be prepared to be seduced by the Alcantara clad steering wheel and iridium trim pack. There are several choices in the console finish, ranging from Copper Cuprum, Ice Mocha, Duotone leather seats, head linings, door inserts and with the option of having a One-77 designed steering wheel.
The possibilities are numerous and exciting. The Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman has succeeded in a difficult task. He has been true to the original DB9 whilst injecting design, technology and power to the DB9 to allow it to flex its muscular prowess once more.
The DB9 will remain an iconic status for those customers seeking the thrill of a racing experience but who also crave beauty and design. The DB9 GT is now available to order in markets around the world, priced from £140,000 RRP (UK), €187,000 RRP (Germany), $199,950 RRP (USA).
The all-alloy, quad overhead cam, 48-valve 5,935 cc front mid-mounted V12 is attached to the rear mid-mounted Touchtronic II six-speed transmission with electronic shift-by-wire control system. With speeds of 62 mph in 4.5 seconds, and on to a top speed of 183 mph, the DB9 has been reborn.