Ask any common man to name their favorite car used in any Hollywood movie and most of them will select an Aston Martin from a James Bond movie. These timeless classic cars from the prestigious British Auto manufacturer has truly left their mark in the hearts of auto enthusiast as well the common man not only via those Hollywood flicks but also through their appearance and performance and why not, all Aston Martin cars are built with such precession and skills that they form a bridge between classic and modern cars.
Today we are here to review one of those Aston’s which perhaps is the most popular car amongst the lot because it not only carries the genes of a Grand Tourer within it but also is the successor of the legendary DB7 which was the highest produced Aston Martin ever. The DB9 was first showcased at the 2003 Frankfurt Auto show and was designed by perhaps two of the greatest living legends of automotive design history Ian Callum and Henrik Fisker, although they have many other prestigious feathers adorning their hat but the DB9 got to be towards the top of their list. Although this car looks flawless from every angle many critics complained that the engine was not powerful enough and was not doing justice to the car and those persons who are driving it. So in order to stop the critics from complaining Aston Martin has installed a new 6.0 Liter V12 fire breather under the hood which Aston Claims is the most powerful engine ever installed in any of their cars.
Now whether this new engine is doing justice to the DB9 or not is entirely depending on the people but statistics says that this particular engine produces 10 percent more power than its predecessor and all that extra power has resulted in an improvement of both high engine and low engine speeds.
So the 2013 model year Aston Martin now has the perfect blend of power and beauty. But is it enough to make this DB9 initials curved with golden letters in the history of the prestigious Aston Martin book let’s find out.
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HISTORY OF THE ASTON MARTIN DB9
the 2013 DB9 still maintains its classic stature which indicates to one thing that Aston Martin believes more in evolution than revolution
Quite frankly sports car owners really love to flaunt their exotic beauties and the new DB9 will surely turn heads wherever it goes, however an Aston Martin is always special keep it in a parking lot or your driveway it will always remain as a showstopper.
Available with two body types the coupe and volante (convertible), the 2013 DB9 still maintains its classic stature which indicates to one thing that Aston Martin believes more in evolution than revolution and I am saying this because while you look at the new DB9 you can instantly realize that it is an Aston because it still has the classic GT silhouette wrapped around that powerful engine. However those slight changes has always worked for Aston Martin and there is no denying that Aston has also applied this formula on their new DB9 the front of the car has this sharper looking headlights units which also comes packed with LED turn signals DRL (daytime running lamps) and looks more extended and taller than its predecessor and comes fitted with Bi-xenon bulbs as standard. Just beneath these headlamp units you can’t definitely miss the classic 5 horizontally placed bars Aston Martin says that these front grille has been inspired from the One-77 hypercar which was one of the most expensive cars of this planet. The front face also now has a bigger lower air intake which helps in increasing the downforce of this sports car. The new DB9 replaces the Virage which was getting a bit dated while the Vanquish will replace the expensive DBS.
Walk towards the side profile and you will find the newly designed heat extractors on the front benders if you are not a car enthusiast you won’t be able to spot the change at the first looks but take a closer second look it will reveal that the fender fins looks slimmer and also has received new chrome element across the top of the heat extractor and runs towards the front end of the door. Aston Martin claims that almost 70 percent of body panels are new in this DB9 and it shows. The lower end of the side profile has this distinctive side skirt which helps enhancing the sporty characteristics of the car.
The rear profile of the DB9 however looks familiar to what you have seen in its predecessor. In addition to those clear LED tail lamps you will also notice the swept back integrated spoiler which you will also find in the DBS, these integrated boot flip according to Aston Martin will help in smooth dynamic airflow.
Like every other premium car manufacturer Aston martin too gives its owners various options of configuring their car with this new Aston Martin DB9 you will get the option of choosing from several paint shades while you also have the option of selecting from various wheel type however DB9 comes with 20 inch standard diamond cut type wheels last but not the least you also have option of upgrading to carbon pack which includes carbon fiber front splitter, Carbon fiber rear diffuser, Carbon fiber mirror arms, Carbon fiber mirror housings and dark tailpipes with a graphic finish.
Overall the 2013 DB9 did received a refreshed exterior which is clearly proved from the above points this car as mentioned above replaced the Virage which was produced only for a limited period though. Since they launched the Vanquish Aston Martin tried to give each of their product a unique character and makes them look different from the rest of the fleet.
2013 Aston Martin DB9: Exterior Dimension
|Overall Length||4,720 mm|
|Overall Width||2,061 mm|
|Overall Height||1,282 mm|
|Curb Weight||1,785 kg|
Unlike other sports car which adopts more sporty type interior Aston Martin DB9 interiors looks elegant and classy
Before you enter the cabin you can’t miss the typical Aston Martin Swan doors which opens wide providing an easy access inside the car. Now if you are an art lover then you definitely will admire the cabin which has been hand built by the Aston martin workers in England. It will be little silly if we try to describe the build quality of its interior after all this is an Aston Martin which is perhaps more expensive than your house.
Aston Martin has not only worked on the exterior of the DB9 but on its interiors too, and there is no denying that the DB9 interiors is perhaps the best interior that I have ever seen in a sports car. Every inch of the interior has been covered with premium quality leather and Alcantara and what is even more interesting is the fact that the owners can actually configure and customize each and everything starting from the color of leather to stitches details and patterns. Unlike other sportscar which adopts more sporty type interior Aston Martin DB9 interiors looks elegant and classy. You definitely cannot miss the door sills with the hand built in England words curved in it.
Take the heated seats for example they have been curved in right angle, covered with high quality leather and comes with contrast stitching. These seats gives the occupants the best possible comfort and also keeps them in place during high speed cornering. You also get those Aston Martin logo engraved on top of the headrests which looks absolutely cool. There are power adjustment and memory function switches on both sides of the individual seats. The foot pedals as well as the center console are built in all aluminum to provide the sport touch to its interiors, the leather wrapped tilted and telescopic steering wheel with all those integrated switches feels great in hands it also has the paddle shifters at the back. The instrument cluster with the aluminum finish looks beautiful and comes equipped with analogue gauges. DB9 comes loaded with a standard premium 700 watts, 5.1 channel surround system with an AM/FM in dash 6 CD changer. The dashboard also has a navigation system screen which rises out of the top of the dash you can operate everything from the buttons placed at the lower end of the dashboard, this screen also shows you the guidelines and activates the camera screen as soon as you engage the reverse gear.
The Aston Martin center console switches looks simple and not as complicated like what you will find in other cars however some people might complain about the small and oddly placed operating switches and buttons. Overall the interior looks brilliant and classy and Aston Martin has once again done a great job with the 2013 DB9 interiors.
The DB9 as already mentioned earlier uses an all new AM11 engine, the 5,935 cc V-12 engine uses revised block and new head including dual variable valve timing, enlarged throttle bodies, uprated fuel pump and revised intake manifold lastly a machined combustion chambers. So all those changes has resulted in 517 PS of power and an amazing 610 Nm of torque figures which is actually 10 percent increase than its predecessor., the extra 40 Nm of torque is supplied to the engine between 0 to 4000 rpm. This car has a top speed of 295 km/h while this can reach the 100km/h mark from standstill in just 4.6 seconds. The huge engine has been mated to a Rear mid-mounted ‘Touchtronic 2’ six-speed transmission with electronic shift-by-wire control system which sends all those power to the rear wheels. Via an alloy torque tube with carbon fibre prop shaft through limited slip differentials. Aston Martin DB9 has a final drive ratio 3.46:1.
Lastly the fully-catalyzed stainless steel exhaust system with active bypass valves provides you the best possible sound you will hear from an Aston Martin Sports Coupe.
2013 Aston Martin DB9: Drivetrain Specification
|Engine Displacement||5,935 cc|
|Horsepower||517 PS at 6,500 RPM|
|Torque||620 NM at 5,500 RPM|
|Transmission||Six-speed Touchtronic 2|
|Final Drive Ratio||3.46-to-1|
|0-to-100 km/h||4.6 seconds|
|Top Speed||295 kph|
HANDLING AND BRAKING
Aston Martin used lightweight aluminum core for the DB9 which has been constructed to provide maximum rigidity and strength to the vehicle
Aston Martin used lightweight aluminum core for the DB9 which has been constructed to provide maximum rigidity and strength to the vehicle. The DB9 not only provides outstanding performance but also handles brilliantly. The handling of the DB9 further has been improved with the help of the new engine bay strut which is not only strong but also is lightweight (the new DB9 is now 15 kilograms lighter than its predecessor).
Being fast is not everything for sports car bringing all that speed down or keeping the car in control is also a tough thing and the British auto manufacturer has provided 398 mm Ventilated carbon ceramic discs at the front and 360 mm Ventilated carbon ceramic discs as standard with the new DB9 which has resulted in better stopping power. These ceramic brakes are larger than conventional steel brakes and are also lighter by almost 12 kilograms, the advantage of this ceramic brakes are that they reduce fade through better heat dissipation which also results in improved performance.
The DB9 uses Independent double wishbone incorporating anti-dive geometry, coil springs, anti-roll bar and monotube adaptive dampers suspension setup at its front while the rear uses an Independent double wishbones with anti-squat and anti-lift geometry, dual-rate coil springs, anti-roll bar and monotube adaptive dampers. The three stage Adaptive Damping System (ADS) comes with Normal, Sport and Track mode which changes the overall character and handling of the car. Push the sport button and the cars entire character is changed and it transforms itself completely by stiffening its suspension, making the steering response more direct and sharpening the throttle response.
2013 Aston Martin DB9: Chasis Specification
|Front||Dual wishbone with coil springs, anti-roll bars and adaptive monotube dampers|
|Rear||Dual wishbone with coil springs, anti-roll bars, anti-lift and anti-squat technology, and adaptive monotube dampers|
|Front Brakes||398 mm (15.66-inch) CCM cross-drilled rotors w/ 6-piston monobloc calipers|
|Rear Brakes||360 mm (14.17-inch) CCM cross-drilled rotors w/ 4-piston monobloc calipers|
|Wheels||Front: 8.5J x 20-inch / Rear: 11J x 20-inch|
|Tires||Front: 245/35ZR20 Pirelli P Zero / Rear: 295/30ZR20 Pirelli P Zero|
The Aston Martin DB9 will cost you anything between INR. 2.90 - 3 crores (ex- showroom Delhi).
Perhaps the only popular car that is coming in my mind right now which can compete with the Aston Martin DB9 is the Audi R8.
Although the R8 is a mid engined car this car has impressive weight distribution, moreover it comes with the Audi Quattro all-wheel drive which helps in enhancing its over handling. The reason why Audi R8 is an appropriate competitor to the Aston because just like the DB9 this sportscar does not cry out loud for attention it too has everything in it in right amount. Powering this impressive sports coupe is a Lamborghini derived V10 generates a healthy 517 horsepower and 718 Nm of torque at 6500 rpm while the V10 Plus churns out slightly more power at 542 horsepower and 732 Nm at 6500 rpm. Now its really tough to choose between this two cars so I am leaving it to you to decide.
There is no doubt in the fact that this car has duel character it can be the most sophisticated sportscar if you want it to be or all you need to do is a press a button and it will completely transform itself into an wild beast. But if you want to spend all your money on an expensive exotic like these we will suggest you to enjoy the drive on a windy and twisty mountain road so that you get to know the car even closely and praise its exotic interiors and top class engineering but if you complain that this is not as fast like other performance oriented sportscar which reaches the 0-100km mark in a flash then we would suggest you to choose from, plenty of other options available in the market nowadays.
Lastly if you are an avid car enthusiast the word Aston Martin is enough to do the trick.
- * Great looking Exterior
- * Top class interior quality and materials
- * New powerful engine
- * Expensive
Aston Martin DB9 – the best of British in a Sports GT
DB9 13MY boasts new styling, revised engineering and enhanced luxury
More power from updated 6.0-litre V12 engine, increased to 517 PS
Technology includes Aston Martin’s latest generation adaptive damping
Aston Martin is today revealing full details of the latest major enhancements to its iconic Sports GT car, the luxurious and potent DB9.
Appearing hot on the heels of the all-new Vanquish Super GT, the introduction of 13 Model Year DB9 gives the British luxury sports car maker the perfect opportunity to further enrich the appeal of its mainstay in the GT sector, with significant developments affecting styling inside and out, plus key changes under the new DB9’s classically beautiful ‘skin’.
The styling changes see DB9 adopt an even more lithe, fluid and pure form reminiscent of the outgoing Aston Martin Virage which ceases production with immediate effect. Taking a classic Aston Martin GT silhouette as its base, the new DB9 adds a more pronounced rear boot ‘flip’ to further enhance the aerodynamic performance of the car.
The exterior design of the DB9 communicates a powerfully assertive yet elegant character. The surfaces display taught lines and subtle muscular forms that point to the underlying power of this renowned Sports GT.
DB9 sits low and wide, visually ‘planting’ the car on the road, communicating a clearly athletic stance. The car’s inherent width is accentuated by the ‘light catcher’ feature which runs from the lower front bumper and continues along the sill of the car creating a chiselled, determined look.
Available from launch in either Coupe or Volante body styles, DB9 13MY clearly has a strong breadth of appeal.
Bi-xenon headlamps provide the car with a clear focus, while subtle feature lines run along and underneath the headlamps, visually widening the car.
A large lower front grille feeds air into the standard Carbon Ceramic Braking system, while the front splitter also serves to visually widen the car. For those DB9 buyers in search of an even more sporty appearance there is now a carbon fibre front splitter available as part of the exterior Carbon Pack.
Look a little closer and the true beauty of the DB9’s details becomes apparent. The front grille, for instance – inspired by the design of Aston Martin’s sold-out One-77 hypercar – features five horizontal vanes which are chamfered to create an aerofoil profile. Meanwhile the bonnet vents are authentic zinc with distinctive vanes. These, along with the new grille and pronounced side strakes, are classic Aston Martin design cues.
DB9 13MY also features Aston Martin’s integrated side strake and LED side-repeaters. The long strake accentuates the lean, long lines of the DB9’s nose. Once again, Aston Martin’s craftsmanship is clearly demonstrated in the use of metal grilles and clean lines of the polished metal castings.
At the rear of the car, the DB9’s wide track width and muscular rear haunches clearly communicate the power delivered at the rear wheels.
Inside, as out, the revised DB9 becomes yet more elegant and more luxurious. Unmistakably Aston Martin, the Sports GT’s opulently-appointed interior boasts authentic materials and the highest levels of attention to detail.
For instance, DB9 13MY comes with a stunning leather welt feature first seen on Virage. Inspired by luxury leather goods, the welts have been designed and developed by Aston Martin’s master craftsmen. Requiring meticulous levels of control to hand stitch and specially-developed manufacturing facilities, the welts are created by sandwiching a narrow strip of leather between two opposing leather seat panels, and fixed using precise stitching.
A further demonstration of Aston Martin’s renowned attention to detail and craftsmanship can be seen in the jewel-like glass switchgear used throughout the interior of the revised DB9. Details such as these glass switches clearly demonstrate the luxury sports car maker’s commitment to the use of authentic, high value materials.
Those DB9 buyers seeking an even more sporting ambience inside might be tempted by an additional interior option on DB9 13MY – Aston Martin’s lightweight seats. These are available when the 2+0 seating option is selected and use a state-of-the-art carbon fibre and Kevlar® composite structure.
When specified, the seats save 17kg per car as well as offering occupants more support at the shoulders. This improves comfort and reduces stress on the back during long stints of focused dynamic driving in particular.
Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer Dr Ulrich Bez said: “I am very excited to be unveiling the new DB9 now. My team here at Gaydon has been working hard for many months to improve and update key aspects of this superb Sports GT – the mainstay of our sports car range – and I believe the results to be exceptional.
“Aside from the undeniably beautiful exterior styling and now even more luxurious interior, there are many important and impressive engineering changes that demonstrate Aston Martin’s renowned ability to create compelling cars in the modern era.”
Engineering – great British innovation
This DB9 sees the introduction of the new generation AM11 V12 engine. The new V12 takes some of the ‘Gen4’ VH architecture hardware technology developed for Aston Martin’s forthcoming all-new super GT, the Vanquish, but has been tuned to suit the character of DB9. The result is an engine with effortless torque of up to 620 Nm and peak power of 517 PS – both significantly improved versus the outgoing unit.
Key features of the AM11 unit include a revised block and new head including dual variable valve timing, enlarged throttle bodies, uprated fuel pump, revised intake manifold and machined combustion chambers.
Meanwhile, DB9 13MY achieves compliance with the latest European pedestrian protection regulations and does so in a new way that is without any compromise to the exterior design of the car and does without the need for otherwise surplus deployable systems.
To accomplish this, Aston Martin’s designers and engineers have worked together to make significant changes to the underbody structure of the car including a lowered engine, new bonnet, front bumper construction and grille surround moulding.
Their resulting design is the subject of patent pending applications and enables the grille to move rearwards on impact, whilst the central and outboard chin stiffeners give rigidity to the lower structure and support achievement of the leg impact regulations. Cut-outs on the front wing catwalks contribute to the achievement of the headform regulation.
This means Aston Martin is able to avoid conventional solutions such as the use of plastic grilles and straightforward nose cone bumpers that stretch up in front of the bonnet. Instead, it has created a clever new and bespoke solution that preserves the unmistakable visual appeal of the VH architecture leading edge bonnet and its extruded aluminium grille.
Dr Bez said: “The new AM11 V12 engine together with our unique and patent pending solution for enhanced pedestrian protection – these are clear examples of the engineering excellence that continues to make Aston Martin the creator of the most desired and admired luxury sports cars in the world.”
Chassis – important upgrades all round
The DB9 13MY boasts a number of important enhancements over the outgoing car’s already impressive inventory. The braking system, for instance, now uses as standard Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) discs and calipers supplied by acknowledged global brake experts Brembo.
While this DB9 offers a refined, comfortable sports GT drive experience, the new carbon brakes provide the confidence and reassurance of reduced brake fade when pressing the car to its sports capability.
CCM consists of a compound of carbon fibre which is impregnated with silicon, injected into a mould and baked at ultra-high temperature. The resulting material is not only much tougher than conventional cast iron discs but also dissipates heat more rapidly to provide reduced fading.
The brake rotors, (398mm diameter at the front, 360mm at the rear), are mounted onto the bespoke disc bells using a ‘floating disc’ system. This allows the discs to flex relative to their mountings thereby making them less prone to ‘judder’.
The discs are cross-drilled to help keep the brake pads clean while also helping to ensure that gases emitted by the pads during braking do not build up between the pad and disc surface. The holes also help to cool the surface of the pads and the discs themselves. Air intakes mounted behind the lower front grille also force feed air into the brake discs to aid cooling.
Saving around 12.5 kg versus a conventional cast iron system the DB9’s CCM brakes not only reduce overall vehicle weight but also mean that a better balance between ride comfort and handling can be struck. The lower rotational mass also gives improved acceleration, braking and steering feel.
The luxury sports car also boasts Aston Martin’s ‘Gen4’ VH architecture version of the brand’s Adaptive Damping System (ADS). This next generation ADS has been enhanced to include three modes: Normal, Sport and Track.
In ‘Normal’ mode, the damping is set to deliver the greatest ride comfort, with the electronically controlled dampers automatically adjusting to provide the optimum settings to suit driver input, speed and the road surface quality. In ‘Sport’ mode, the damping is set-up to be more focused at delivering sharper handling and control during dynamic driving while in the ‘Track’ mode the damping operates within the range of its stiffest settings.
The different damping modes available help appreciably broaden DB9’s character, adapting its set-up to suit the driver’s requirements in different contexts. It can be a comfortable and compliant GT car in Normal mode as well as being a firm and direct sports car in Sport setting and offering highly precise flat cornering in Track mode.
Equipment – luxury comes as standard
As befits a luxury GT in this class DB9 13MY of course features convenience items such as automatic headlights, now operated by a new master switch unit control panel located on the lower instrument panel beneath the driver’s side air-vent.
Automatic windscreen wipers are also a standard-fit feature, with their operation triggered by a rain sensor built into the header pod in front of the rear-view mirror.
Arch-filling 20-inch alloys wheels in a variety of designs, full-grain leather interior, leather sports steering wheel, electrically adjustable Sports seats with side airbags, memory seats and exterior mirrors, satellite navigation, automatic temperature control, trip computer and Organic Electroluminescent (OEL) displays – the DB9 13MY’s list of standard equipment is suitably generous while buyers keen to further enhance the luxury look and feel of their Aston Martin sports car can select from an extensive range of optional equipment features.
DB9 13MY features the optional reversing camera currently available on the Rapide four-door sports car and forthcoming Vanquish super GT. The camera – standard in the US market – is integrated into the rear boot lid above the number plate, with the image visible on the LCD screen folding out of the centre stack. The reversing camera is activated when reverse gear is selected and is deactivated once the car is driving forwards at more than 5 mph.
Meanwhile there are two Carbon Packs introduced on DB9 13MY – one exterior and one interior – to offer further personalisation possibilities. All of the carbon fibre has a 2 x 2 twill design that is finished with a clear lacquer.
The exterior pack comprises carbon fibre front splitter and rear diffuser, carbon fibre mirror arms and caps and dark tailpipes with a graphitic finish. The interior pack offers a carbon fibre upper facia, carbon fibre gear selector paddles and carbon fibre door pulls.
Buyers can opt for either Aston Martin wings or DB9 headrest embroidery. The DB9 embroidery design has been refreshed and also has a new stitch pattern on 13MY cars.
Finally, a leather headlining is now available as an option on DB9. The large central panel of the headlining can be finished in leather, while the cant rail trim and header trim remain Alcantara-coloured.
Summarising the significantly enhanced appeal of the DB9 13MY, product manager Andy Haslam said: “DB9 has, rightly, been positioned at the hub of our GT segment offerings for some years now.
“The introduction of this significantly enhanced 13MY car means Aston Martin buyers have a very clear and compelling model line-up from which to choose.
“Taking the best elements of Virage, adding important new upgrades and combining these with the iconic DB9 nomenclature we have created a compelling new Sports GT that sits proudly at the very heart of the Aston Martin sports car range.
“With the exceptional new Vanquish super GT occupying the top of the range, there is now a clear and logical step from DB9.”
DB9 13MY is available to order now through Aston Martin dealers worldwide, with the first cars making their market debuts in UK and Western Europe in October. Prices are confirmed as £131,995 (UK RRP); €174,994 (German RRP); $185,400 (USA MSRP); and 21,995,000 JPY (Japan RRP).