First drive review: 2013 Aston Martin DB9 Review | Autocar

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Aston Martin DB9

First drive review: Aston Martin DB9

What is it?

is the car that marks the end of the road for the Virage but, claims also fills the gap “perfectly” the entry level V8 Vantage and the new at the top of the range. It’s a heavily but also more expensive of the DB9, it costs an eye-watering and it boasts a rousing 510bhp at

That’s good enough to the new, 1785kg DB9 to 62mph in 4.6sec and on to a top speed of 183mph. with the previous car, CO2 have dropped a touch to which is useful, although the of the V12 remains at 5935cc with rising slightly to 457lb ft at a

The styling upgrades are as obvious as are beautiful in the metal. Overall the new DB9 has than a whiff of the Virage it visually, and there’s not a lot wrong it for that (unless you were one of the or so buyers who invested in a Virage, in case you mightn’t be quite so by the latest DB9).

Aston’s and engineers are particularly proud the pedestrian protection that has achieved despite the car retaining its long, low-slung bonnet. also introduced adaptive to the all-round double wishbone which features three modes – Normal, Sport and – that help “transform” the DB9 on the

Perhaps even more carbon-ceramic brakes now come as standard – as they did on the Virage. help reduce the DB’s weight while improving its performance and longevity, and all without any feel at the pedal. These help justify the jump in price compared with the model.

What is it like?

good indeed, even if it is a on the expensive side compared the outgoing car. On the road the new DB9 so good, in fact, that it questions about the new Vanquish all but the most committed Aston salesman might well to answer.

With 510bhp from its revised V12 engine it feels quick in the mid-range and makes a monstrous noise to go with it. And in its handling, ride and braking — its braking — it is close enough to its big that you’d need to them back to back and an identical road merely to the difference between them.

of course, there is a difference separates it from the bigger and it’s in the way the DB9 can swap so seamlessly roles on the move. In truth, a softer, more refined than the Vanquish on the road, and in any of its modes.

As a result, it feels more of a GT car.

The DB9 is not a car you climb into and want to start throwing even though it reacts a lot better than you’d if and when you do. It feels almost in its responses when in Normal and with the Sport button so that the throttle response and noise are at their most

But if you dial up Track mode a fantastic cacophony erupts the exhausts, the throttle response twice as crisp and the gear become snappier, and better, And no, there isn’t an option for a gearbox, Aston Martin that, with the DB9 in particular, simply won’t want a transmission when the six-speed shift suits the car’s so well (and they’re by the way, no matter what the may say).

Should I buy one?

Aston has suffered from some press of late, specifically the age and quality of its VH engineering system was conceived in 2004 and still at the heart of its cars today. But the new DB9 – on the fourth generation of the VH system, the as that of the vastly more Vanquish – proves that more than a little left in the idea yet.

Be in no doubt, this is one of the great GT of the moment. It’s as modern in its execution but at the same time as in its core appeal as anything Martin has produced since the era began all those years

If you’re in the market for this of car, it’s hard, if not to think of a better direction in to aim £132,000.

Aston Martin DB9

£131,995; 0-62mph 4.6sec Top speed 183mph (claimed); 19.8mpg (combined); CO2 333g/km; weight 1785kg; Engine 5935cc, petrol; Installation longitudinal, rear wheel-drive; 510bhp at 6500rpm; Torque ft at 5500rpm; Gearbox 6-spd

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