This is why Aston Martin offers driver training. In the hands of someone who doesn’t know any better (in this case thieves/joyriders), a 2005 Aston Martin DB9 can instantly be turned into a leather-bound paperweight. The incident is from England, but it isn’t know if the hooligans were caught and sent to the Tower of London.
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.
Stopping distance it is very important, but that you knew already. A few feet can be the difference between life or death to you and those around you. That’s why Aston Martin is giving the DB9 technology developed for the Caparo T1 hypercar. The braking system from the Caparo will cut the DB9’s stopping distance by 24%, reduce fade under regular heavy braking and increase feel and consistency.
The DB9’s original 330mm rear discs remain the same with the 355mm front disc replaced by 378mm discs, made from specially selected high-performance materials. Calipers are extremely rigid opposed piston four pots at the front and four pots at the rear, each machined from a single casting of aluminum to provide exceptional stability and performance.
The thermal capacity of the new discs has been improved, with an 18% reduction in peak temperature during a fade test, meaning that the new brakes can be applied for longer before any brake fade occurs.
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Aston Martin unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show an revised version of the DB9, both Coupe and Volante versions. Deliveries of the updated DB9 begin during quarter two 2008, with prices from £113,950 for the DB9 Coupe and £122,950 for the DB9 Volante.
The new DB9 is powered by a revised version of Aston Martin’s 6.0 litre V12 engine to deliver improved power and torque. Peak power of 470bhp (350kW) – increased by 20bhp (30Nm) - is now reached at 6,000rpm, resulting in a power to weight ratio of 267bhp per tonne (199kW/tonne) – an increase of 11bhp per tonne over the existing DB9.
Peak torque of 600Nm is delivered at 5,000rpm, providing even more accessible power for the driver, as well a greater performance feel overall. Accordingly, top speed is now 190mph (306km/h) and the benchmark 0-60mph time improves by 0.3 seconds for the Touchtronic transmission – which benefits from a new valve box and integrated transmission controls to achieve quicker gear shifts – to 4.6 seconds and by 0.1 seconds to 4.6 seconds for the manual gearbox.
Press release after the jump.
The Aston Martin DB 9 series is one of the fascinatiest and prettiest sportcar in time, but MANSORY is sure there is a more sportier and stable style to do. The MANSORY front spoiler displace the series front totally and will give the car a striking snappy optical characteristic. An elegant design symbiosis from an integrated daytime running light, also available as fog lights, with below air intakes so on the adaptive 5-line grille element, similar to the new 6-line lightweight main radiator grille, afford by the way a better air supply for the engine and so on for the new brake system made by BREMBO.
Gigawave MotorSport will be flying the flag for Britain in this season’s FIA GT Championship, as the only UK-based team in the GT1 class. Led by Team Manager Steve Hagger, Gigawave MotorSport will prepare and race an Aston Martin DBR9 from its headquarters in Essex, entering the full 10-race international Championship, which starts at Silverstone on 20th April.
Aston Martin is not only showing the DBS for the first time in Europe at the Frankfurt motor show next week but will also showcase two new special editions - the Aston Martin DB9 LM® and the V8 Vantage N400. Both special editions draw inspiration from the company’s recent achievements at Le Mans and the Nϋrburgring 24-hour races.