Aston Martin DB9 review (2013 onwards) – MSN Cars UK

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Aston Martin DB9

review onwards)


What: Martin DB9

Where: Nice,

Date: October 2012


Available: Now

Key rivals: Continental GTC, BMW M6, Ferrari Maserati GranTurismo, Maserati Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG

It’s gorgeous, but don’t let the looks you – this is much than just another DB9 Everything from the engine to the underneath has been extensively and the result is an enormously accomplished performance Grand Tourer.


First impressions

us, you may be guilty of assuming the Aston DB9 is old hat. Not only does the date from 2004, its overtly potent variation the Bond-spec DBS – has just replaced by the new Vanquish, while the Virage variant has been Prompting rumours it was a flop.

All of makes you wonder: exactly why has bothered to update the ‘ordinary’ and presumed aged – DB9 for the model year? So before we the firm’s lawyers on the phone (or heaven forbid, boss Dr Bez himself ), we’d better set the straight.

This is a far more update than it looks. internally as AM113 – from the previous version, – it’s actually on the fourth generation evolution of Vertical Horizontal Architecture. is decidedly different to the original debuted back in ’04.

Amongst the changes, there’s a new pedestrian hugging crash at the front and the engine is now 19mm in the chassis. Promising for the handling, as as good for the health of any heads happen to come into with the bonnet.

It inherits the visuals of the Virage

That is easily overlooked, too, the same 6.0-litre V12 configuration as Except, it features a new block, new new throttle bodies, new big wing manifold design, new hollow machined combustion chambers, intake valves, and new dual valve timing heads.

You get the It’s not the same engine at Rather, it’s a detuned of the new AM11 unit that time in the Vanquish. And by detuned we this DB9 produces 517hp in other words, more even the DBS.

It is smoking

On top of this, the new DB9 gets three-stage damping, a Sport mode, and it the … visuals of the Virage wholesale; the only difference is the decklid (now made carbonfibre) and the rear ducktail – which is bigger to stabilise the increase in performance.

And no, the Virage wasn’t a flop; planned to build a 1,000 and exceeded that target by 10%. This is the new DB9. to want one. We do.



So. that new V12, As per familiar Aston form, the starting procedure is a drama. the ‘key’ – an artful of glass and chrome – it into the slot in the middle of the and hold.

There’s a churning from the starter motor, 6.0-litres bursts into with a bark that’ll the neighbourhood Rottweiler. This is a of intent that’s hard to – especially if you’re in the Volante.

Yet with all the systems set to it seems an empty gesture Take up from the revised automatic gearbox is smooth and free, the steering light, even a touch rubbery the straight ahead, and the engine responsive rather than urgent.

This is not so much you into a false sense of as allowing you the opportunity to relax. this way, the DB9 seems ordinary – comfortable, easily capable of crushing beneath those 20-inch That you’ll be able to big distances in this car is a certainty.

It its head and says: ‘you

Prod the Sport button, and immediately the engine cocks its and says: ‘you wanna?’ The map amps up and the Aston surges just a little. Suddenly more sound, spitting an exhaust system artfully to make the most of every hydrocarbon.

Grab the left-hand paddle for a and the revs burst to match the speed to the ratio, in a process now just that bit snappier. with this for a while, and quickly discover a manual that wants to give you And it does.

Now the DB9 is alive.

Peak is only increased ever so over the old car, but the muscular is spread more thickly the motor’s range – there’s more go, more of the As a result, you don’t really to fully extend this to make it feel like getting value for money.

proper Grand Touring But even so, clamp the throttle to unleash all 517 ponies, and the DB9 snarls and and turns into something ferocious.

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and handling

Once you’re moving, the depth and breadth of the new character begins to reveal The adaptive damping has enough to cope even in the standard but crank the chassis to Sport and the increases without any real to the ride quality.

In fact, this setting is You’ll hear pot holes than you feel them, and the wheels encounter something the can’t quite sooth the big Aston is rarely genuinely That word composure itself again, instantly,

Sucking down great of air

Combined with the Sport mode it makes you want to and drive – the engine down great gobfulls of air and at the horizon, while stiffening the not only keeps the corners it also layers extra into the steering. Feedback and closing on the ideal.

This is the DB9: taut, fit – yet foreboding. It’s no wonder has installed a setting lock, so you no have to go through a tedious regime every time you it. The car remembers how it wants you to drive.

more. Keep that on the damper button a shade and you’ll access the Track Harder, to the point where bumps begin praying on the imaginative areas of your but never entirely uncompromising.

On the road, it makes the DB9 faster

That gen four bonded structure is the vital silent here. With changes range from the very of the aluminium extrusions at its core to the duty triangulated strut under the bonnet, the coupe is 20% rigid than before, an that rises to 30% for the Volante.

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As the outside, the new DB9 adopts much of the on the inside. It’s tough to serious issue with the way it and feels, what with the grades of leather and the slinky controls. But there are doubtless Aston customers who were for something genuinely new here.

after bells and whistles is going to be disappointed. Aside an optional Bang Olufsen and the adoption of automatic lights and (apparently some customers no know there’s a switch for kind of thing. ), the DB9 is pleasantly from electronic fripperies.

this is because Aston afford the development costs of integrating them, but Dr Bez says his desire to avoid adding weight and complication to the car. If it actually enhance the driving he doesn’t want it. We have to

Economy and safety

The best we can say the V12 in terms of economy is that at a 19.8mpg with 333g/km CO2 it is than before. Achieving official stats is what the mode is really for. But no direct injection, energy or stop-start here.

Dr Bez’s opinion on hybrids is

The safety situation makes for more positive reading, with the standard fit carbon-ceramic These are, quite brilliant. There’s none of the uneasiness you get with some setups, they offer unrelenting stopping power, a service life and lower


Similarly the elegance of a pedestrian impact solution avoids supplementary pyrotechnics to weight and prevent compromising the looks should only be The trick to this is a new, keystone grille structure and thinned hard-impact areas.

as befits a truly sporting GT the Dynamic Stability Control a slippy-slidey Sport setting; the can also kill it completely.

The MSN verdict

This is the best Martin DB9 ever – and by margin. This in turn it a truly great Grand car; dismissing huge with ease, effortlessly in all circumstances, absolutely savage required.

It offers everything you need, and nothing that you It looks undeniably fabulous something not everyone will say the rivals – and it exudes the of class that draws rather than distain. The new DB9 honed, immensely capable.

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