The Geneva Motor Show will showcase some of the finest concepts and world debuts you’ll ever see this year.
The names actually give away what Aston has prepared for these hellacious beauties. Here’s a hint: there’s plenty of carbon fiber in both models.
More than that, it marks yet another auto show in which Aston Martin has quietly made an impression on, as if all those previous concepts it’s shown in past auto shows weren’t enough. The Carbon Black and Carbon White DB9s are different, though, in part because there’s reason to believe that we’ll see them well after the lights in Geneva are shut and its doors are closed.
Maybe in a dealership soon? Don’t bet against it, especially with Aston Martin.
Click past the jump to read about the 2015 Aston Martin DB9 Carbon Black & Carbon White
Since these are special edition models of the DB9, the basic silhouette of the DB9 remains virtually intact.
That being said, both Carbon models come with some awfully sexy new digs. Two unique paint finishes start things off: Carbon Black ll and Stratus White. From there, more doses of carbon fiber are present in both models, thanks to Aston’s carbon exterior pack that pretty much gives new carbon components to the splitter, diffuser, mirror caps and arms.
A carbon-fiber side strake was also added, and black meshes on the front bumper and side strake are part of the package too. Also included are black window surrounds, silver bonnet louvers and a colorful choice of new brake calipers.
2015 Aston Martin DB9 Carbon Black & Carbon White - Exterior Dimensions
|Length||4720 mm (185.82 inches)|
|Width||2061 mm (81.14 inches)|
|Height||1282 mm (50.47 inches)|
|Wheelbase||2740 mm (107.87 inches)|
2015 Aston Martin DB9 Carbon Black & Carbon White - Exterior Features
- ‘Carbon Black ll’ (Carbon Black) or ‘Stratus White’ (Carbon White) exterior paint colour only
- 20” forged 10-spoke Satin Black diamond turned wheels
- Carbon exterior pack (splitter, diffuser, mirror caps and arms)
- Carbon fiber side strake
- Black meshes (front bumper and side strake)
- Black window surround
- Graphitic tailpipe
- Silver bonnet louvres
- Brake caliper colors – Black, grey, red or yellow (No cost option)
Keeping up with the carbon-fiber theme of both models, Aston Martin went to great lengths to redress the interior with the high-quality material. So now, the fascia trim and the door pulls have been carbon fiber’d. Adding to that, the British automaker also dressed up the cabin in an Obsidian Black full-grain leather, to go with charcoal seatbelts, a black leather sports steering wheel, black pedals, center console rotaries and paddles that can be matched with Black.
2015 Aston Martin Carbon Black & Carbon White - Interior Features
- ‘Obsidian Black’ – Full-Grain Leather Interior
- Black or ‘match to’ caliper color stitching
- Warm charcoal seatbelts
- Black or ‘match to’ caliper color headrest stitching (DB9 or Aston Martin Wings)
- Carbon fibre facia trim
- Carbon fibre door pulls with black handles
- Machine forged carbon fibre sill plaques with Carbon Black/White logo
- Black leather Sports Steering Wheel
- Black paddles with Black or ‘match to’ caliper leather tips
- Black centre console rotaries
- Black pedals
- Piano Black air vent surrounds
- Piano Black horseshoe and centre plate
- Electrically Adjustable Sports Seats
- Heated Front Seats
- Memory Seats and Exterior Mirrors (Three Positions)
- Powerfold Exterior Heated Mirrors
- Heated Rear Screen
- Automatic Temperature Control
- Organic Electroluminescent (OEL) Displays
- Trip Computer
- Cruise Control
- Bluetooth Telephone Preparation
- Satellite Navigation System
- Auto-Dimming Interior Rear-View Mirror
- Front and Rear Parking Sensors
- Tire Pressure Monitoring System
- Alarm and Immobilizer
- Remote-Control Central Door Locking and Boot Release
- Glass ECU
- Tracking Device – UK only3
- LED Map-Reading Lights
- Boot-Mounted Umbrella
- Lamy Pen and Pen Holder
Power for both models come in the form of a 6.0-liter V-12 engine that produces 517 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque, good enough to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds to go with a top speed of 183 mph.
2015 Aston Martin DB9 Carbon Black & Carbon White -Drivetrain Specifications
Type 6.0-liter V-12 Output (HP @ RPM) 517 @ 6,500 Torque (LB-FT @ RPM) 457 @ 5,500 Top Speed 183 MPH 0 to 60 MPH 4.6 seconds
|Output (HP @ RPM)||517 @ 6,500|
|Torque (LB-FT @ RPM)||457 @ 5,500|
|Top Speed||183 MPH|
|0 to 60 MPH||4.6 seconds|
No word yet on how much each of these special edition models, but a hunch suggests that you’re looking at anywhere between $180,000 to $200,000.
Finally, let’s have a look at the Maserati GranTurismo MC with its 4.7-liter, V-8 engine that cranks out 454 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. This beast sends its power through a six-speed shiftable automatic trans to the rear wheels, and can hit 60 mph in about 4.8 seconds – 0.2 seconds slower than the DB9.
On the outside, the Maserati is kind of “Blah,” as it looks much like any other sports car in the world. The Maserati Maserati receives rave reviews about its interior comfort, but it’s also a lot more cluttered and kind of old looking when compared to the Aston Martin. At $139,900, we think the Maserati is priced well for the market, but not for what you get with it.
Gallery Maserati GranTurismo MC
The Jaguar XKR-S has made quite a name for itself recently, thanks to its company’s resurgence in the court of public opinion. That being said, the XKR-S is still a performance feline on wheels, packing some sharp claws with its 550-horsepower, supercharged 5.0-liter, V-8 engine.
This is enough to push this beast to 60 mph in 0.1 seconds less than the DB9. The interior and exterior styling on the XKR-S both match up well with the DB9, and we actually prefer the slightly edgier design that the Jag affords us.
But what really sets the Jag apart is in the realm of the price. With a sticker of just $132,000, the XKR-S is a whole lot cheaper than the DB9, especially one - or two - that has been earmarked as special edition models.
Gallery Jaguar XKR-S
How can you go wrong with an Aston Martin DB9, let alone one that’s been dressed to the nines? The simple answer is, you can’t. If you have the finances to absorb the monetary hit, then by all means, drive away in any one of these two bad boys and wave at us as you do so.
- Can’t go wrong with an Aston
- Nice carbon fiber details
- Powerful engine
- Cheaper alternatives are available
- Not enough modifications to satisfy our thirst for carbon fiber
- Competitive market
The Aston Martin DB9 family grows at Geneva with the arrival of the DB9 Carbon Black and Carbon White special editions.
Style and visual drama are the special editions hallmarks as they perfectly emphasise the timeless GT’s sporting nature.
The new Carbon Black accentuates the 183 mph DB9’s 6.0-litre V12 potential through a strong dark theme underpinned by a unique combination of lightweight carbon fibre features. Meanwhile, the contemporary Carbon White special edition creates a dramatic visual effect with the carbon fibre and dark elements contrasting strongly against the Stratus White paint and accented caliper colour.
Striking exterior additions for both Carbon Black and Carbon White editions include carbon fibre side strakes and black window surrounds reinforcing the powerful visual themes.
Inside, a strong black styling theme with a choice of accent colours in line with the caliper shade showcases carbon fibre details and new black hardware. Bespoke sill plaques with the Carbon Black or Carbon White logo, communicate the cars’ rarity, too.
Of course the styling changes don’t alter the DB9’s inherent grand touring capabilities, qualities that make it the world’s most admired and desired GT.
Today’s DB9 features the modern AM11 V12 engine which uses ‘Gen4’ VH architecture and hardware, tuned to suit the character of a classic GT. The result is an engine with effortless torque of up to 620 Nm and peak power of 517 PS.
Prices for the special edition DB9 Carbon Black and Carbon White models are available on application at any of Aston Martin’s 147 dealers.
Aston Martin Design Director Marek Reichman explained: “The classic DB9 Carbon Black and daring DB9 Carbon White special editions give this timeless GT a fresh and highly desirable new appearance.
“Meanwhile, the exciting details that define N430 should leave no one in any doubt about the car’s motorsport roots. Bold graphic treatments and the option of vivid colour combinations conjure up clear visual echoes of the race circuit.”
Aston Martin can be found at stand number 5253 in Hall 5 at this year’s Geneva International Motor Show, once again taking place at the Palexpo complex. The marque will be showcasing eight cars at this year’s show, with examples of the new V8 Vantage N430 and DB9 Carbon Black sitting alongside other current models including the Rapide S four-door sports car and new Vanquish Volante.