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.

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.

A few days ago, we showed you an Aston Martin DBS Carbon Black Edition that was butchered by its owner when he decided to turn it into a pseudo Art Car similar to the one made by artist Jeff Koons with the BMW M3 GT2 .

Thankfully, we don’t have to wallow in the sight of that car because here we have an Aston Martin DB9 that has been dressed up in gold. What’s more, it’s the type of gold finish that doesn’t leave us squinting as if we just took a long look at the sun. It’s got an ostentatious look to it yet it doesn’t come across as too flamboyant, which really is the only thing that could ruin a DB9 because, well, this car just reeks and oozes of awesomeness.

And if you happen to be smitten with this car just like us – and you got some serious moolah in your pockets – you can actually buy this car for $152,608. It’s got a steep sticker to it, but it’s still an Aston Martin DB9, which if you didn’t know, holds the distinction of being the UK’s favorite car of the last 25 years.

When Aston Martin unveiled the One-77 supercar , everyone was amazed. After all, it’s not every day you see a $1.4 million supercar with such a dynamic design come from the British company. The amazement wasn’t short-lived either as all 77 units of the supercar sold out as quickly as they were unveiled. With such a stupendous response, and such a quick sellout, Aston Martin has decided to apply the same treatment for the future DB9 .

So, in 2013 we will see a new generation DB9 (probably carrying the DB10 nomenclature) with styling cues borrowed from the limited-edition One-77 coupe. We are expecting Aston to stick with the aluminum spaceframe for another generation before Aston jumps on the carbon fiber wagon.

The recently redesigned DB9 is powered by a 6.0-liter V12 engine delivering an unchanged 470bhp and 442lb ft of torque and mated to a choice of six-speed ‘Touchtronic’ paddle-shift automatic or six-speed H-pattern manual transmission. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph is made in just 4.6 seconds and top speed goes up to 190 mph.

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The British have a certain man working on their side to make sure the world stays baddie free. Sure, he is a made-up character by Ian Fleming, but what does that matter? He loves vodka martinis, women, and watches, but most of all, he loves his Aston Martins. If you haven’t guessed his name by now you have been under a rock for quite some time.

James Bond, played by Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Daniel Craig, and a few others, has a certain sophistication that makes him who he is. Bond might not be the fastest, the quickest, or the best, but that’s not why we love him. Aston Martins are the same way. They can be out dueled by a Ferrari and out cornered by a Lamborghini , but we don’t love them any less because of that.

Astons aren’t about breakneck speed or snap your spine cornering. They aren’t about flashy looks or massive rear exhausts, in fact, they are quiet and conservative compared to their Italian counterparts and you know what? We love them for it.

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After seven years of successful history, the Aston Martin DB9 has received a complete package of styling, engineering, and equipment enhancements. Prices in the UK will begin at £122,445 ($182,775) for the Coupe and £131,445 ($196,000) for the Volante .

On the exterior the biggest change is a new bumper with a re-shaped lower intake featuring hexagonal mesh to compliment the new bright finish radiator grille. The DB9 also gets a more prominent ‘hockey stick’ curve ahead of the rear wheels, silver brake calipers, 20-spoke diamond turned alloy wheels as standard, together with new design option wheels and a bright finish grille.

Under the hood there is a 6.0-liter V12 engine delivering an unchanged 470bhp and 442lb ft of torque and mated to a choice of six-speed ‘Touchtronic’ paddle-shift automatic or six-speed H-pattern manual transmission. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph is made in just 4.6 seconds and top speed goes up to 190 mph. Also the DB9’s passive damping system has been replaced by a new Adaptive Damping System (ADS), which offers enhanced ride comfort together with sharper handling when switched to Sport mode.

Updated 09/07/2010: Aston Martin today announced US prices for the 2011 DB9 sports car that will go on sale in the third quarter of this year. The coupe version will be priced at $187,615 for the Coupe, and $201,115 for the Volante.

Press release after the jump.

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