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Potent new Aston Martin DB9

2012-09-20 14:10

Aston Martin has revealed full details of the latest major enhancements to its iconic Sports GT car, the potent DB9.

The styling changes see DB9 adopt a lithe, fluid and pure form reminiscent of the outgoing Aston Martin Virage which ceases production with immediate effect.

ASSERTIVE YET ELEGANT

The exterior design of the DB9 communicates an assertive yet elegant character. The surfaces display taut lines and subtle muscular forms that point to the underlying power of this renowned Sports GT, it also sits low and wide, visually ‘planting’ the car on the road.

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Available from launch in either Coupe or Volante body styles, DB9 13MY has a strong breadth of appeal.

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.

DB9 13MY also features Aston Martin’s integrated side strake and LED side-repeaters. The long strake accentuates the long lines of the DB9’s nose. Aston Martin’s craftsmanship is demonstrated in the use of metal grilles and clean lines of the polished metal castings.

INTERIOR

The Sports GT’s interior boasts authentic materials and high levels of attention to detail.

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.”

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 torque of up to 620Nm and peak power of 385kW – 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, updated fuel pump, revised intake manifold and machined combustion chambers.

EXCITING UPDATES

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 callipers supplied by acknowledged global brake experts Brembo.

The luxury sports car boasts Aston Martin’s ‘Gen4’ VH architecture version of the brand’s Adaptive Damping System (ADS). This 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.

STANDARD LUXURY

The DB9 13MY features 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.

Product manager Andy Haslam said: “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.

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, the equivalent of about R1.8-million - but take that as a guide only...