Aston-Martin DB9

Aston-Martin DB9

  Aston Martin unveiled the current generation Aston Martin DB9 at the Geneva Motor Show in 2008 in both Coupe and Volante variants. The Coupe was originally designed to be able to transform into an open top version and the work allotted for this design was proven successful in the Volante. The DB9 is powered by a revised version of Aston Martin’s 6.0 Liter V12 engine to deliver a maximum output of 470 HP and 443 lb-ft of torque mated to a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. This is good for a 0 to 60 MPH time of 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 190 MPH.

Mighty, mighty,Aston Martins are always fun tuning subjects, especially if they come in the package of a DB9 Volante .

Already possessing a 6.0-liter V12 engine that produces 470 horsepower and 442 lb/ft of torque with a 0-60 mph sprint time of just 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 190 mph, the DB9 Volante was treated with a new tuning program courtesy of Britain’s very own, Project Kahn.

Known for their expertise in British vehicles, Project Kahn has tuned an Aston Martin or two in the past. This particular program for the DB9 Volante carries a bevy of modifications, including a new matte Pearl Grey finish, a new set of 20" RSV Kahn lightweight wheels, a new suspension set-up, and new, red brake calipers on the outside. Inside, the DB9 Volante receives a new leather finish with matching cream stitching, Pearl Grey trimming, and an overall new design on the sports car’s dials.

The performance figures remain unchanged, but don’t expect that to be a turn off on the package. On its own, the DB9 Volante is a masterful machine by itself. Project Kahn’s dress-up only adds more flavor to an already delicious program.

Just when it seemed a brand new collaboration was on the verge of rising, talks between Aston Martin and Daimler have been slowed almost to a halt. The two brands had an interest in working with each other because it would be mutually beneficial: Aston Martin would have helped in developing Maybach models and they would, in turn, be able to take advantage of Mercedes Mercedes ’ latest technology. Now, German publications have reported that this agreement has collapsed and, as a result, Aston Martin’s future is in grave danger.

The first Aston Martin vehicle to feel the heat may be the DB9 supercar. This model is built on the VH platform that was developed when Aston was owned by Ford Motor Co, but since a redesign is expected for the 2014 model year, Aston Martin finds itself scrambling for a new platform; one they thought they would be able to get from Daimler. The redesigned Vantage scheduled to come out in 2015 is in the same precarious situation, leaving Aston working doubletime to re-engineer the current platform, powertrain, and sheet metal.

The highly anticipated Lagonda models aren’t any safer. This bump in the road leaves their production entirely uncertain because the SUV was going to be built on the Mercedes GL platform and the sedan was supposed to use the Mercedes S-Class platform.

Aston Martin is completely at a loss, though. They just secured a £304 million bond - about $440 million at the current rates - from global investors at a rather high 9.25% interest over the next seven years. This money will be going towards designing all new platforms for their full line of sports cars, including the DB9, Vantage, and Rapide.

Aston Martin DB9

Investors are getting more and more strict when it comes to allowing people to borrow their money and it seems as if Aston Martin is getting the short end of that stick. The British sports car maker has secured a £304 million bond - about $440 million at the current rates - from global investors at a rather high 9.25% interest over the next seven years. That’s a 3-4% increase over the typical interest rate. Desperate or not, Aston Martin now has the money to design an all new platform for their full line of sports cars, including the DB9 , Vantage and Rapide . Expect the new line to debut in 2015 or 2016 with the first details of the new design and production engineering showing up in a concept car sometime in 2012.

Before the British automaker moves to the new platform, however, their current VH platform will have to be modified to obey the new Federal FMVSS pedestrian impact rules. This re-engineered platform will be used for facelift versions of all three models. The new models will also benefit from new skin panels, revised interiors, and tweaked chassis and engines.

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The Aston Martin DB9 has already received a major update for the 2011 model year, but one lucky tuner in Miami, Fl got the chance to make the supercar even better with a tuning package of their own. RSC Tuning have already started working on the exterior modifications for their super project, with engine mods to follow in the near future.

Changing it up a little for the Aston Martin DB9 is new RSC clear rear tail lights, a new RSC sports exhaust, RSC performance air filters, COR wheels, RSC lowering springs, RSC custom floor mats, and Vantage Collection rear diffuser. Future updates will make the kit much better as RSC Tuning is planning on performing an ECU update and using RSC 100 Cell secondary sports catalysts.

Since the engine updates have not been executed as of yet, the tuner could not volunteer any information on how it would affect the performance of the DB9. We know the 2011 Aston Martin DB9 is currently working with a 6.0L V12 engine that produces 470bhp and 442lb ft of torque. Mated to a six-speed ‘Touchtronic’ paddle-shift automatic or six-speed H-pattern manual transmission, the DB9 gets from 0-60mph in just 4.6 seconds with a top speed of 190mph. We fully expect to get much more power once the engine has been revised, and we can’t wait to hear about it!

2010 has been quite a year for the auto industry’s sports car segment. With auto brands becoming more and more aggressive in their pursuit of power, speed, and consumer preference, sports cars have become about as popular in 2010 as Justin Bieber’s hairdo.

So with all these choices, one can just imagine the painstaking labor we went through in determining our choices for the 2010 Sports Car of the Year. Of all the categories, this one was, without question, the hardest to agree on, especially when the multitude of choices available are considered.

In the end, we did find a common ground in selecting the five best sports cars of the year, despite the fact that there were some arguments along the way. Of the five that we chose - one of them is a one-off sports car - four of them came from Europe whereas the only non-European sports car on the list calls the Land of the Rising Sun as its home.

Head over to the list after the jump.

The last of the three special edition DB9s to be released by Aston Martin is the Quantum Silver Edition, taking after the Carbon Black and the Morning Frost .

Unlike the Morning Frost, which is going to be the most luxed-up version of the three, the Quantum Silver Edition will be similar to the Carbon Black in that it will come with 19” alloy wheels, piano black interiors, black grills, a leather roof lining, and a laser etched sill plaque depicting the famous wings insignia to go with the “Quantum Silver” logo. Then there’s the obvious difference of the silver exterior paint color to distinguish this vehicle from the others.

What the three special edition models do have in common is the same powertrain: a 6.0-liter V12 engine that produces 470 horsepower. Likewise, all three special edition models will be made available in both coupe and Volante models, making the choice that much more difficult.

The Quantum Silver Edition DB9 will come with a price tag of £132,000, or around $200,000 based on current exchange rates. The price tag isn’t peanuts by any stretch of the imagination, but with those Christmas bonuses coming in, you can probably have enough to make your best ever holiday purchase.

The next special edition Aston Martin DB9 to come out of Warwickshire is about a 180 degree turn from the dark and mysterious ride revealed earlier. It’s called Morning Frost and, unlike the Carbon Black edition , combines a pearlescent white exterior with a befitting metallic bronze leather interior.

The color may be different, but the DB9 Morning Frost will get the same Piano Black center console and door grabs, Touchtronic II transmission, and 19” 10 spoke silver diamond-turned wheels as did the Black Carbon. However, this DB9 will also get silver brake calipers, magnum silver grilles, and metallic bronze leather headlining with perforated seat inners. The final touch for this special edition will be the unique laser etched sill plaque depicting the famous wings insignia along with the "Morning Frost" logo.

The new DB9 Morning Frost edition is available for order from Aston Martin’s global dealership network.

For Aston Martin , 2010 has been the year of special editions, and what better way to finish it off then by adding a few more to the mix? The first of them is called the DB9 Carbon Black and, as you’ve probably already guessed, the special edition is covered in black inside and out.

From the Carbon Black exterior paint to the Obsidian Black interior, the DB9 is dressed to the nines. The exquisitely formal color even extends itself to the highly polished Piano Black center console and interior door handles. Black grilles, graphite tail pipes, and unique 19” 10 spoke forged gloss black painted diamond-turned wheels complete the debonair personality of the Aston Martin.

This special edition also features a six-speed Touchtronic II automatic transmission and a re-mapped sports exhaust to exude just the right sound to match the look of the vehicle. Perforated seat inners, semi-aniline leather roof lining, coarse silver stitching, and real polished glass switchgear complete the sporty specification.

The package is finished by a unique laser etched sill plaque depicting the famous wings insignia along with the "Carbon Black" logo. This special edition is now available at Aston Martin dealers.

It was only a little over a year ago that we ran into Aston Martin’s Director of Design, Marek Reichman , when he dazzled us with a demonstration of the Aston Martin transponder watch made by Jaeger-LeCoultre, and now we have the third generation timepiece to come from the grand partnership of Aston Martin and Jaeger-LeCoultre. This is the new AMVOX2 DB9 Transponder timepiece, a new limited edition watch priced at $24,400 and aimed at the distinguished owners of the Aston Martin DB9 .

We’re going to skip over the specifics of the watch for a minute because the coolest part of this timepiece is the fact that it has the ability to "open" and "close" the doors of the vehicle, which basically means the driver can lock and unlock his doors with the press of a button. Press the two buttons at the same time and it kickstarts the "Find Me" feature of the timepiece/DB9 duo which enables the headlights of your DB9 to light up for a few seconds, allowing the owner to find his vehicle at a glance.

The rest of the timepiece is something to marvel at as well as it is in-cased in grade five titanium and features a black dial with a grille-type motif. The numbers on the piece are rhodium-plated metallic and are set against a luminescent black substance. Completing the look of the AMVOX2 DB9 Transponder is the "floating" DB9 logo placed in the center of the window.

Dang, 007 would be so proud.

Press release after the jump.

We’ve already reported that the legendary Aston Martin DB5 James Bond car that starred in both Goldfinger (1964) and Thunderball (1965) had been sold at an RM Auctions event for an impressive $4,608,500. The car went to an American bidder who planned on displaying it at his private collection in Ohio. Now Aston Martin has decided to delight us with a few images that show the DB5 next to the new 2011 DB9 . Old versus new, what can be better than that?

The Aston Martin DB5 is already known as the most famous car in the world, while the DB9 is regarded by many as the most beautiful sports grand tourer on sale today. Just like the DB5 – the luxury zeitgeist of the 1960s, the DB9 is hand-tailored to customer specification and uses the latest technology.

These unique images show the revised DB9 new for 2011, in the aptly named Quantum Silver paint finish together with the actual car from the 1964 film. The optional paint is the same color as the DBS that featured in the film Quantum of Solace in 2008.

Press release after the jump.

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