We do know that Aston Martin is preparing some new models as it already announced that it will use engines provided by Mercedes-AMG. Today, we also found out that the British carmaker trademarked several monikers such as DB10, DB11, DB12, DB13 and DB14. We expect one of these to appear on the Aston Martin DB9 successor, which will arrive in 2016.
Company’s design director Marek Reichman already confirmed the fact that their next vehicle will indeed be a DB, but didn’t give any details regarding what number will follow.
Some rumors suggest that the vehicle will get the DB10 moniker but some company executives want the new car to keep its DB9 name. Moreover, we know that the new car will get the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine that will be used by the 2015 Mercedes-AMG GT.
Codenamed M178, the new engine generates 510 hp at 6,250 rpm and a maximum torque of 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) between 1,750 rpm and 4,750 rpm. Same engine will be used by the upcoming 2015 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG sedan, which will arrive at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.
Aston Martin has unveiled to the global public the revised version of the Aston Martin DB9 at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show. Boasting of several improvements to standard specs, the new DB9 is now powered by a revised version of the carmaker’s 6.0 liter V12 engine that delivers 20 bhp more max output to 470 bhp (350kW) at 6,000 rpm. This gives the DB9 a higher power-to-weight ratio of 267 bhp per ton (199 kW/ton) -- or equivalent to a surge of 11 bhp per ton over the current model.
The V12 engine, meanwhile, delivers 600 Nm of peak torque at 5,000 rpm, which accounts for the superb sprinting prowess of the new DB9. When mated to a manual gearbox, this V12 engine allows the DB9 to sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds, or 0.1 second quicker than its equivalent predecessor. When paired to Touchtronic transmission – now boasting of a new valve box and integrated transmission controls – the engine allows the DB9 to complete the sprint in also 4.6 seconds, or 0.3 seconds quicker than its comparable predecessor. Top speed is now pegged at 190 mph (306 km/h).
Aside from the more powerful engine, the new Aston Martin DB9 boasts of improved chassis for both the Coupe and Volante derivates. For instance, the chassis now features Bilstein dampers, revised upper suspension arms and retuned suspension bushes – all resulting to improved ride quality and refinement (Volante) as well as enhanced sporting feel (Coupe). In addition, the DB9 Volante also benefits from revisions to the front shear panel, resulting to a 10-percent increase in torsional rigidity.
Interestingly, the new Aston Martin DB9 was able to blend all attributes typical of an Aston Martin -- style, quality and usability -- without depending on retrospective visual elements or design. Consequently, the styling changes made to the new DB9 are subtle, thereby reflecting its timeless design as well as unassuming elegance.
Changes on the exterior include revised anodized aluminum five-bar grille, new standard 19-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels and new door mirrors. Changes in the interior a new center console made from die cast zinc with an iridium silver paint finish. Interior modifications also include a new Emotion Control Unit (ECU) replaces the key of previous DB9 and is constructed from polycarbonate, glass and polished stainless steel.