Aston Martin continues to celebrate its newfangled engineering independence with a revised version of the achingly beautiful DB9.
The 6-litre V12 engine now produces 350kW at 6 000r/min, an improvement of 15kW over the previous model resulting in a power to weight ratio of 199kW/ton. Peak rotational force is now 600Nm at 5 000r/min, an improvement of 30Nm.
New performance figures for the DB9 are a 0-100km/h time of 4.6 seconds - for both the manual and Touchtronic transmission versions, an improvement of 0.1- and 0.3-seconds respectively. Top speed is 306km/h.
The latest DB9 also incorporates a series of chassis developments for both the
Coupe and Volante derivates. Bilstein dampers are introduced in addition to revised
upper suspension arms and retuned suspension bushes to deliver improved ride
quality; aiding greater refinement in the Volante and an enhanced sporting feel in the
Aesthetic perfection: inside and out
Esteemed as probably the most aesthetically perfect car currently in production, styling
changes to the revised DB9 are subtle, reflecting the car's timeless design and
Exterior styling changes include the introduction of a new standard 19-inch, 10-spoke
alloy wheels, new door mirrors and a revised, anodised aluminium, five-bar grille.
Cabin changes include a new centre console constructed from die cast zinc with a
painted iridium silver finish and the introduction of a new Emotion Control Unit (ECU)
- first seen on the DBS in 2007.
The ECU - constructed from glass, polished
stainless steel and polycarbonate - replaces the key used previously for the DB9, and is a bejewelled keyfob. The slot for it is in the Engine Start button itself; when inserted, the button glows red, and one depresses it to fire up the evocative 6-litre V12 engine upfront.
DB9 marked the beginning of a new era for Aston Martin and
became the first car to be hand-made at the company's state-of-the-art facility in
The revised DB9 will be the second Aston to be produced since the company was bought back into private hands from Ford by Rally entrepreneur Dave Richards and Kuwaiti investors during 2007.
Sales of the DB9 started in spring 2004, and to date, more than 10,000 examples
have been produced and delivered to customers around the world - surpassing the
DB7 as the most successful Aston Martin of all time.
Deliveries of the updated DB9 begin during quarter two 2008, with prices from
£113,950 for the DB9 Coupe and £122,950 for the DB9 Volante.