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.
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.
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.
Although we do not understand why, this really happened! A Russian customer came to Edo Competition with a strange request: he wanted his 5 year old DB9 to be transformed into an Aston Martin DBS .
Of course the German tuner did not limit the makeover to only the exterior transformations! They also increased the engine’s power to a total of 500 HP, so now the DB9... oh sorry... the DBS can hit a top speed of 199 mph. Carbon fiber pieces, a new set of 20" wheels, a high-performance exhaust system, a new sport suspension system, and a new braking system offered the car a more muscular appearance.
For the interior Edo Competition added a refreshed dashboard, center console, headliner, door panels, and seats all made in Alcantara/leather interior with carbon fiber inserts and metal accents. There is also a new high-end audio system and the exhaust system features fitted butterfly valves allowing the driver to change the sound from ferocious to unobtrusive and quiet.
Yesterday we reported that Aston Martin would bring a new generation DB9 sometime in 2013-2014. However, until then, the British company is preparing a facelift version that will be revealed at the Paris Auto Show . And spy photographers caught it almost completely undisguised.
The facelift version includes a new front bumper with revised intakes, a new side sill design, new wheels, new wing mirrors, and redesigned taillights. The new DB9 will also get new exterior colors and a few new wheel options.
A facelift version for the Volante version will be revealed in a few months after the coupe version.
Aston Martin will be giving the DB9 and the Vantage two-seater a facelift in 2013 and 2014 as the English company aims to refresh its range without engineering new models.
Aston’s plan for a more fundamental revamp of the cars has been thrown out due to the financial crisis.
Instead of a major revamp, Aston Martin will be focusing on a detailed engineering overhaul of the DB9 and the Vantage’s current aluminum structure. The two cars will also get new exterior looks and new interiors.
Artists at Autocar have given us a sample of what they think these modified cars will look like.
The new DB9’s look will come from the limited-run One-77 supercar, although the styling will be toned down a bit.
After working on the new Rapide sports sedan and the One-77 supercar, Aston Martin is now busy developing a facelift version for the DB9 supercar. The car will debut in October at the Paris Auto Show and will go on sale shortly after. A Volante version should follow a few months after that.
The last update the Aston Martin DB9 saw was back in 2008 for the 2009 model year. This update included an adjusted center console (to look more like theDBS ) and a few engine upgrades bringing the 450hp found in the previous model up to 470hp. Additional features provided to the 2008 upgrade were the updated ’Touchtronic 2’ automatic paddle-shift transmission, suspension, interior trim and seats. This next facelift will follow along those same lines, but focusing more on the exterior. The facelift DB9 will get a DBS inspired exterior, including a new front bumper, side skirts, and a bigger rear spoiler. The new DB9 will also get new exterior colors and a few new wheel options. There may be a possibility for a few improvements under the hood, but there are no words on that yet.
We’ll make sure and keep you posted on any additional information we find.
We swear this kind of thing only happens in movies. Falling two stories down and living to tell about it because you fell directly into an Aston Martin DB9 ? That’s straight out of James Bond, right?
For better or worse, the incident actually happened when 22-year old Jade Bates fell from a bedroom window on to the bonnet of the DB9 that was parked directly below it. Miraculously, Bates bounced off of the DB9’s bonnet - yeah, she bounced off of it! - and escaped with nothing more than a few bruises. Unbelievable!
According to reports, Bates was out partying with a couple of her friends at her boyfriend’s apartment in Aberdeen when she fell from a window ledge that she was sitting on. The friends who witnessed the accident all came to her aid while the boyfriend, a young chap named Jasvir Deo, immediately called 999 - that’s the UK’s version of 911 - requesting help. While Mr. Deo declined to comment on the accident, an associate painted a clearer picture of what exactly happened: “They were celebrating a friend’s birthday when it happened. The guys were all sitting in the kitchen and the girls were upstairs in the bedroom. All of a sudden there was a huge scream and Jazz looked out to see Jade lying on his car. He was frantic. It looked like she had been pushed for a start, but appears to have just been an accident. She’s very lucky to be alive.” She added: “The car saved her. If it wasn’t for the Aston Martin having such a long bonnet, she could have been paralyzed or dead.”
Sometimes celebrities do things that make us want to scream and sometimes they do things that make us want to point and laugh. In a web film released back in 2008, Kobe Bryant made us cover our mouths and say, “Oh shit!” This film portrayed Kobe Bryant jumping – no trampoline, no bouncy surface – over a speeding Aston Martin DB9 Volante . The fans went nuts!
Now, two years after this film was released, Kobe Bryant and Aston Martin have teamed up to introduce the Nike Kobe Bryant (Aston Martin Edition) footwear pack. This footwear pack includes the Nike Hyperdunk (Aston Martin DB9 Edition) and the Nike Zoom Kobe V (Aston Martin Edition). These limited edition trainers were inspired by the DB9 and the One-77 supercar , detailing the elegance of the Aston Martin with some good old-fashioned sneaker craftsmanship. And we thought automakers would just continue to make timepieces and apparel.
The limited edition Nike Kobe Bryant (Aston Martin Edition) footwear pack will be introduced at the Nike Basketball Signature Space at the Staples Center, Los Angeles on May 13, 2010. To be honest, we don’t really think the shoes look anything like the amazing supercar they were inspired by, unless, of course, the silver color is taken into account, but we still wouldn’t turn down a pair.
The great thing about this event is that all event proceeds will be donated to the LA84 Foundation. The LA84 Foundation’s mission is “to serve youth through sport and to increase knowledge of sport and its impact on people’s lives”. They have been providing this service since 1985 when they were blessed with a surplus from the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games.
Hit the jump to see the film that inspired the Kobe Bryant/Aston Martin collaboration.
Despite being a neophyte compared to its more high-profile contemporaries, the Aston Martin DB9 has definitely made quite an impression among residents of Great Britain. At least that is what it seems after the six-year old car recently came out on top of a survey done among British drivers to determine their favorite car in the past 25 years.
While the achievement is glowing in its own right - and likewise a testament to Aston Martin’s standing as one of the world’s pre-eminent high-end car brands - what makes it even more impressive is the fact that, as we’ve mentioned, the DB9 only came around as late as 2004. Eating the DB9’s dust in second place is the ever-reliable Volkswagen Golf while taking up the third step of the podium is the Mini .
Given the fact that 25 years is an eternity for car manufacturers to make an indelible imprint in the hearts and minds of consumers makes the DB9’s achievement as the car-of-choice among British drivers all the more remarkable. This is especially impressive when you consider that the Aston Martin DB9 wasn’t even around when the new millennium began.
To own a luxury sports car is everyone’s dream you have to admit that! But not many of us can afford them. So what can you do? Easy! Take your regular car and make it your dream car. Like an Opel Calibra transformed into an Aston Martin DB9 by a guy in Thailand.
Of course Thai is not the language for us, but while waiting for more details on this project (they have been promised to us), take a look at the final car. You have to appreciate the guy’s effort!