The Aston Martin DB9 is an authentic sports car that offers all the comfort and refinement of a GT vehicle. The maximum speed reaches 306 km/h and the acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h takes 4.8 seconds. Despite these impressive figures, the DB9 can also be driven in a relaxed way. Indeed, 80% of the torque of the V12 engine is available from 1,500 rpm. The mid-range performance is stunning and provides instantaneous overtaking power at all engine speeds and gears.
Unlike its competitor GM, for example, with its purist convertibles, Aston Martin opted for two-seater cars that combined sporty handling with luxury and comfort. From 1967, more motorized V8 models of the Aston Martin DBS series added 2+2-seater coupe models to the car range, which replaced the DB entry model in the 1970s as the Aston Martin V8.
The producer took twenty years to reintroduce a six-cylinder engine into his car range with the Aston Martin DB 7. Then, with the year of construction 1999, the Aston Martin DB 7 with its newly built thruster made the leap into the royal category V12. When the design for this new generation of sports cars was completed, the British presented the Aston Martin DB 9 as its successor in 2004.
The Aston Martin DB 9 as a coupe and convertible
In the GT tradition, the Aston Martin DB 9 was available in two body shapes, coupé and convertible, as a four-seater. Its exterior design was very similar to that of its predecessor, the Aston Martin DB 7. However, its extreme headlight units, elongated in a drop shape under clear glass and its dynamic grille with a wider vertical grid, have given it a more consistent front design. The same design principle was used when designing the rear, which then included bodywork-integrated bumpers and arch-shaped headlights. This design made the rear view of the Aston Martin DB 9 significantly more flexible.
The performance of the Aston Martin DB 9 coupe
While the predecessor Aston Martin DB 7 integrated essential components from the Jaguar XJ series, the Aston Martin DB 9 model with its newly designed floor unit represented a completely autonomous design by Aston Martin; only the propeller of the predecessor used since 1999 continued to be used, and this in a modified form. In the Aston Martin DB 9, the V12 unit had a power of 335 kW (456 hp). With this 6.0-litre displacement class engine, the coupé version of the Aston Martin DB 9 could accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 305 km/h.
The performance of Aston Martin DB 9 convertibles
The coupé traditionally called Volante by the British could accelerate with its power unit reduced to 331 kW (450 hp) from 0 to 100 in 5 seconds. The maximum speed of this convertible with its fabric roof was indicated at 300 km/h. Both the coupe and convertible were available with manual and automatic transmissions.
In 2008 the Aston Martin DB 9 is the subject of a model care
A model care carried out in 2008 resulted in an extension of the V12 models to a length of 4.71 meters. Otherwise, the exterior of the cabriolet remained largely unchanged. However, the Aston Martin has become sportier through a modification of the V12 engine. The Aston Martin’s thruster now had 350 kW (476 hp) and so the coupe could accelerate from 0 to 100 in 4.8 seconds. The maximum torque increased from 570 to 600 Nm.