There’s big news coming from Aston Martin these days, with the manufacturer revealing plans to develop a brand-new platform for its next generation of sports cars . The announcement was brief, with no specific details revealed, but a report coming from Auto Express claims the British automaker has chosen the DB9 as the very first model to benefit from the all-new underpinnings.
Likewise, the DB9, which is expected to be unveiled in 2016, will also get the Mercedes AMG-developed turbocharged V-8 engines, gearboxes and electrical systems as per the agreement signed by Daimler and Aston Martin last year. In return, the German group will receive up to five percent shares in the British company.
The aforementioned source adds that the upcoming DB9, as well as the next V8 Vantage, are likely to be motivated by AMG ’s brand-new, twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8. That’s a major change from the DB9’s current 6.0-liter V-12 powerplant . The said V-8 mill will make its debut in the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT , due to be launched later this year with at least 500 horsepower on tap.
Note: 2014 DB9 pictured here.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2017 Aston Martin DB9.
The first thing we need to tell you about this vehicle is that Jaguar will be selling brand-new XK and derivatives by the time the new DB9 rolls out. Details are pretty much scarce right now, but it appears the upcoming XK will ride on a stretched F-Type platform and will grow both in size and price. Consequently, the XKR-S will come even closer to the next-generation DB9.
There’s no info as to what engine will be drop in the next XKR-S, but the current model is still powered by a supercharged, 5.0-liter, V-8 engine that generates 550 horsepower and 502 pound-feet of torque from 2,500 rpm. That’s just enough to propel the coupe from 0 to 60 mph in only 4.2 seconds and up to a top speed of 186 mph. The 2014 XKR-S returns an estimated 22 mph on the highway and costs $132,000 before any options. 2015 will be last model year for the current-generation model in the United States.
On the market since 2007, the Maserati GranTurismo is also scheduled to get a replacement by 2017. But unlike the Jaguar XK, which will grow in size, the new GranTurismo will be slightly smaller, albeit it won’t lose its 2+2 seating configuration. The new model will also carry different styling, with past reports suggesting the next-gen GranTursmo will reveal Maserati ’s new design language.
Meanwhile, the current GranTurismo continues with a 4.7-liter V-8 engine good for 454 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. The oomph goes to the rear wheels via a six-speed automatic and enables the coupe to hit 60 mph from a standing start in 4.8 seconds. That’s 0.2 seconds slower than the Aston Martin DB9. Pricing for the Sport model starts at $126,500, while the GranTurismo MC fetches $143,400 before you start adding extra goodies.
Show for the first time at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Aston Martin DB9 grand tourer went on sale in late 2004. Designed by Ian Callum and Henrik Fisker, the DB9 hit the sports car stage to replace the 10-year old DB7 .
Throughout its career, the DB9 received numerous variants and special editions including the Volante convertible, as well as a race-ready DBR9 and DBRS9.