Aston Martin DB9 gets a comprehensive overhaul

Article by Christian A., on September 20, 2012

Aston Martin’s DB9 was subjected to a comprehensive overhaul. In the process, the pricier Virage was removed from its lineup. Among the upgrades given to the eight-year-old DB9 for the 2013 model year are a new exterior and interior inspired by the Virage and increased power for the V12 engine. It also gets the newest adaptive damping technology.

With these modifications, the buyers can get the best features of the Virage (of which only slightly more than 1,000 were sold within 1.5 years) with the DB9 badge and for £18,000 lower. The revised DB9 coupé has a starting price of £131,995.

The 5.9-litre engine was boosted from 470bhp to 510bhp and torque has gone up from 442lb ft to 457lb ft. it is powered by the latest version of the AM11 V12 series and features updates from Aston’s new Vanquish such as a revised block and a new head, the addition of dual variable valve timing, an uprated fuel pump and a modified intake manifold.

The DB9 coupé can accelerate from zero to 62mph in 4.6sec (faster by 0.2sec than the outgoing DB9) and can reach a top speed of 183mph (which is 7mph slower). Its standard kit presently includes carbon-ceramic brakes that Brembo supplied. These have a weight that’s around 12.5kig lower than the traditional cast iron brakes.

Adaptive dampers (the latest Gen4 version from Aston) are also standard and are available with Normal, Sport and Track modes. Aston wanted to reduce the costs so it decided not to equip the DB9 with the newest version of its VH structure, used under the Vanquish, which features carbonfibre connected into the rear section. The DB9’s look is reminiscent of the Virage. The most major change is a bolder rear boot ‘flip’ that enhances the aerodynamic performance.

The real beauty of the Aston Martin DB9's details becomes more apparent when seen up close. The front grille, for example - drafted from the design of Aston Martin's popular One-77 hypercar - showcases five horizontal vanes that are chamfered to produce an aerofoil appearance. On the other hand, the bonnet vents are genuine zinc and distinct vanes. These, together with the latest grille and defined side strakes, are signature features of the Aston Martin.

Aston Martin DB9 13MY also showcases the brand's integrated side strake and side-repeaters in LED. The long strake highlights the slim, long lines of the model's nose. Once more, the brand's craftsmanship is shown well through the use of metal grilles and neat lines of the shiny metal castings.

At the back of the vehicle, the DB9's broad track width and huge back haunches clearly exude the strength delivered by the wheels at the back.

The reimagined DB9 is more luxurious and sleeker than ever because of its exterior and interior features. A true Aston Martin no doubt, the Sports GT's opulently-appointed cabin takes pride of its genuine parts and the strictest attention to detail.

For example, Aston Martin DB9 13MY comes with a striking leather welt feature that was initially installed on the Virage. Taking cue from luxury leather parts, the welts have been made and improved by Aston Martin's master designers. There’s a need for pristine levels of control to accurately hand stitch and specially-developed production facilities. In fact, the welts are made by sandwiching a thin strip of leather between two opposite leather seat panels, and fixed through precise stitching.

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