2013 Aston Martin DB9 – European Car Magazine

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Aston Martin DB9

British carmaker introduces which we review with Art professors

It’s all change at martin, with the Virage replaced by the DB9 and the DBS phased out for the forthcoming And yet somehow it manages to remain the with each new car hanging on to a of the old. Each one achingly and inspiring to drive: it’s as if nothing has changed, and yet the design travels its progressive path perfection.

Some people the brand for making all its products the same but that universal can equally be applied to Porsche, BMW, etc. It’s the that differentiates each appealing to the purist, the cars instantly recognizable to the masses.

For a small company, their rate seems frantic. only just driven the new ( EC 4/13) and recently compared the DBS Carbon Edition to soft-top of the SLS AMG and BMW M6 ( EC 12/12). Yet where the DBS had sprouted and vents to herald its 510hp the DB9 houses the same powerplant more restraint.

It does indeed have vents on the hood but these are cast from solid and in brushed zinc, mimicking the of the front grille.

There’s no plastics here. Every is lovingly sculpted from the materials, finished by artisans. So is the interior, with its acres of leather.

In our example it was contrasted by stitching and piping that form to the incredibly comfortable seats.

Every surface was in a different texture, from the alcantara headliner to the matte console, brushed aluminum and grey-painted speaker grilles of the BO that featured pop-up on the dash.

This particular car was in Silver Birch – the color of 007’s DB5, in you’d forgotten how cool an can be.

It’s impossible not to fall in with the sensuous shape, exhaust note and dramatic experience. But if we do have to cast a eye over the DB9, we’d the validity of rear seats even small children at. There’s simply nowhere to put the legs behind the front And the nav screen still rises from the console, now offering a camera among its limited

Yes, it will guide you to a but why must the radio, bluetooth, and iPod information be displayed on a LCD screen below it? Surely could link these to the large color screen?

Our comes after the same with the DBS, with no technical advance in this between models.

You might complain about the six-speed transmission that has yet to be replaced a dual-clutch. However, easy is compensation for a slightly ponderous At low speeds, it works like a auto, allowing the car to creep in and into a parking bay.

dual clutch transmissions are a to park because they a high stall speed and creep from a standstill, so becomes a series of lurches

As we said with the DBS, the DB9 is a masterpiece and one we’re perfectly to accept. We heard no complaints that V12 howled up the rev range, and as we lowered the windows in every we encountered. Nor were there from the thousands of motorists who to get a closer look or snap a of this gorgeous machine.

Admittedly, the price prevents it becoming a regular sight on US And high insurance costs it less popular than its rivals, but let’s not get tangled in the If you can afford one, just drive it.

All will become

Any test drive should a high-speed stop to standstill the standard carbon-ceramic brakes are powerful. They can initially rather wooden, and require a lot of pressure at low speeds, but get into digits and these amazing make all the sense in the world.

We them easier to modulate the DBS, while the chassis was forgiving of road imperfections to the wonderful Adaptive Damping We were astonished at how well sports car absorbed everything freeway joints to canyon In fact, we rarely bothered the Sport setting since worked so well.

We have to admit to rarely off the traction control either. its 295/30 R20 Pirelli P Zero tires, the V12 had them spinning a standstill with very provocation. Hard cornering the same response, with the control allowing some slip before intervening.

But the document you signed for the $208000 car is into your memory, is the better part of valor.


Rather than fawn about the DB9’s we spoke to two design professors the Art Center in Pasadena to get their First up was Stewart Reed, Chair of the Transportation Design

Aston Martin DB9

My first impression is that thoroughly appealing. Struther used to say wheels are the last of the chassis that still and with this car you get the sense really stretched over the

The execution has been delightfully Most contemporary cars are too in my opinion: there is lots of change and forms along the part of the body, yet the DB9 is simplified and Aston Martin.

I’m taken by the front the notch inside the headlights it’s typically Aston It’s subtle but it’s

The car is consistent from front to the I particularly enjoy the cabin its taper to the rear that broad shoulders. It’s spectacular.

This is one of the most Aston Martins to date.

As for the I could live in there. The and piping are consistent with tradition but not overdone, it’s the scale of things. Many have too much brightwork but uses beautiful low-gloss

We then spoke to Tim Huntzinger, Designer at the Transportation Design

The proportions are stunning. It’s low and and its subtle curves caught my eye in low-light conditions like morning. The mark Henrik left on the brand continues with its strong hips and DLO opening).

The wheels are amazingly detailed.

glad to see that the gooey of previous Astons has gone. It was as if the melted during the modeling Thanks to Fisker, this a contemporary design that meets expectations. However, I it when a company keeps the same note decade decade with a car.

be much more interested to see new that honor the heritage of the but push it into the future to its fate.

They managed to the organic exterior surfacing in a way that’s incredibly pleasing. your color and materials to so well is very difficult. To be to have that much on and it to be cohesive is a lot of work.

So there you it. The experts agree. The DB9 represents a evolution of Aston Martin’s design language, executed a subtlety and finesse.

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