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  • Aston Martin DB9
  • Year:
    2013
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  • Engine:
    V12
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    510 @ 6500
  • Torque @ RPM:
    457 @ 5500
  • Displacement:
    6.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.6 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    183 mph
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When the DB9 hit the market in the 2005 model year, we loved what Aston had done with it, as it took its 1950s and 60s predecessors and just modernized it — a brilliant concept. Well, the DB9 went through a few minor changes in the 200s, namely a boost from a 449-horsepower, 412 pound-feet V-12 to a 470-horsepower, 443 pound-feet V-12 engine. Other than that, the DB9 has been basically a carryover and is well overdue for a mild upgrade, which we have been speculating about for a while now.

Finally, Aston Martin has given into our prying selves and has released some information on the upcoming revisions to the DB9 for the 2013 model year. Keep in mind here, Aston Martin, like many sports car and supercar builders, are not keen on changing things around just for the sake of change. So we do not expect to see any massive styling changes, only small tweaks here and there to make it sleeker and more stylish, so it remains up to date.

Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer Dr. Ulrich Bez certainly feels good about the revised DB9, as he said: "I am very excited to be unveiling the new DB9 now. My team here at Gaydon has been working hard for many months to improve and update key aspects of this superb Sports GT – the mainstay of our sports car range – and I believe the results to be exceptional."

Well, with all due respect to Dr. Bez, and he deserves plenty, we will have to take a look at this revision and just see how “exceptional” it really is. We have certainly seen some redesign bombs in the last few years, so let’s hope that the DB9 is not one of them.

Click past the jump to read our full review on this all-new DB9 and see if it lives up to the level that Dr. Bez is telling us it does.

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Afzal Kahn's Ultimate Car Is The DB9 Vengeance: Video

Afzal Kahn’s Ultimate Car Is The DB9 Vengeance: Video

Chasing the dream set in metal

What did you want to be when you were a kid? If you were like Afzal Kahn, you wanted to go about creating something beautiful, sitting in your folks’ car and just imagining what was possible on four wheels. Kahn pursued that dream by studying architecture, but soon realized he felt unfulfilled designing buildings. From there, he pivoted to cars, turning his “boy racer” hobby into a career by creating custom body pieces and wheels. Still, it wasn’t enough. He wanted to create something more in-depth, and set about designing an entirely new body for one of his all-time favorites – the Aston Martin DB9. “What would this car look like if it evolved? And what would it look like if I designed it?” With that, the Vengeance was born.

Responsible for putting together this six-minute profile are our friends over at /DRIVE, who do a fantastic job conveying Kahn’s passion for design. Using a DB9 chassis for the bones, Kahn tuned and tweaked his ultimate car constantly, finally settling on the look we see today after years of refinement. The video is replete with lovely shots of the car, all set to a dramatic soundtrack in the background, plus a nice bit of the powerplant’s V-12 wail to boot. “I wanted to create something a bit more beastly looking,” Kahn says. What do you think? Does the Vengeance up the Aston’s appeal even further?

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Vengeance Volante by Kahn Keeps the Iconic Aston Martin DB9 Alive

Vengeance Volante by Kahn Keeps the Iconic Aston Martin DB9 Alive

This is your last chance to buy a DB9!

Established in 1998, British tuner Kahn Design has made a name for itself by modifying Land Rover vehicles almost exclusively. However, the firm also modified various other models in recent years, including Jeep, Porsche, and even Maybach. Kahn is also part of the Ant-Kahn project, which builds sports cars inspired by designs from the 1960s. More recently, the British tuner launched its first official Aston Martin-based project, the Vengeance WB12. Essentially a widebody version of the DB9. At the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Kahn unveiled the Volante variant.

As the name suggests – assuming you’re familiar with Aston Martin’s naming strategy – Volante stands for the convertible. So we’re basically looking at a chopped off Vengeance, but that’s not to say that the Volante isn’t on the spectacular side. Significantly wider than the standard DB9, it also boasts radical modifications front and rear. The front fascia has a completely new bumper with a wider grille and reshaped side intakes, while the rear sports a carbon-fiber diffuser, a trunk lid spoiler, and round taillights inspired by vintage sports cars from the 1960s. On top of that, it’s wrapped in an attractive light blue color complemented by multi-spoke, black wheels.

Inside, there’s handcrafted black leather on all seats and custom door panels. The red stripes on the center console and stack add o splash of color to the black cabin, while the steering wheel is wrapped entirely in Alcantara.

Much like the coupe, the Volante comes with the DB9’s standard drivetrain, meaning the car gets its juice from a 6.0-liter V-12 engine rated at 503 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque. In standard guise, the DB9 needs around 4.5 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start, to go with a top speed of 183 mph. There’s no word on pricing, but expect to pay around 50 percent above the DB9 Volante. Production will be limited to just a few units, likely no more than 20.

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Aston Martin Ends Production Of The DB9

Aston Martin Ends Production Of The DB9

The iconic grand tourer was discontinued to make room for the new DB11.

Aston Martin is currently in the middle of a massive lineup refresh that already brought us the 2011 Aston Martin DB11 and will soon introduce successors for both the Vantage and the Vanquish, as well as the company’s first crossover vehicle. Unfortunately, for gearheads like us, every reorganization process also means that iconic models must be discontinued to make way for brand-new products. With the DB11 on its way to dealerships, Aston Martin is bidding farewell to the DB9.

Although this is a sign of progress and brings a faster and more technologically advanced vehicle to the streets, the discontinuation of the DB9 is also a sad event, putting an end to one of the most important Aston Martins ever built.

Introduced in 2003 as a replacement for the DB7, which was developed under Ford ownership and based on a Jaguar platform that was nearly two decades old, the DB9 was the company’s first all-new vehicle in years. While the drivetrain wasn’t exactly new, the previous dated platform was replaced with the aluminum Vertical Horizontal architecture, while the exterior was thoroughly redesigned by Ian Callum and Henrik Fisker. The DB9 was gorgeous to look at and its styling became the norm for future products.

What’s more, due to the fact that Ford sold Aston Martin in 2006 and the Brits had to make without proper financing, the DB9 became the base for every model that followed, including the DBS, Vanquish, Vantage, and the four-door Rapide (many of which are still in production as of 2016).

After 13 years in production, the DB9 was sent off to the history books on July 22, when the "Last of 9" Edition, obviously limited to nine examples, rolled off the assembly line.

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2016 Aston Martin WB12 Vengeance By Kahn Design

2016 Aston Martin WB12 Vengeance By Kahn Design

British coach builder’s latest project looks the part of an all-conquering supercar

Ever since Kahn Design teased the Aston Martin DB9-based WB12 Vengeance in May 2015, updates on the car have been few and far in between. Actually, there hasn’t been so much as a peep about the project, at least until recently when the British tuner announced that the car would make its long-awaited debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

The announcement is the latest indication that Kahn Design is serious about its attempt to become a full-fledged coach builder after establishing a reputation as one of the best Land Rover tuners in the world. It’s worth noting that it was just last year at the same event that Kahn unveiled the Land Rover Defender-based 105 Longnose and the 110 WB 6x6 Flying Huntsman SUV. For an encore, the company is setting the stage for the WB12 Vengeance’s debut, and while the full swath of details have yet to be revealed, Kahn has provided a few specifics about the car, including the meaning behind its name. For instance, the WB stands for wide body while the 12 understandably points to the car’s 6.0-liter V-12 engine.

Kahn also indicated that the inspiration behind the WB12 Vengeance is the first-generation Vanquish, the Ian Callum-penned model that launched Aston Martin into the new millennium. Apparently, at least according to Kahn, Aston Martin hasn’t come close to replicating the kind of design impact the original Vanquish had when it burst into the scene back in 2001.

So, he’s taking matters into his own hands with the WB12 Vengeance. The question now is this: will the WB12 Vengeance live up to expectations? The answer to that will be determined at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

Continue after the jump to read the full review.

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An On-The-Road Look At The Aston Martin DB9 GT: Video

An On-The-Road Look At The Aston Martin DB9 GT: Video

For a generation now, Aston Martin has been largely defined by one car: the DB9. With all due respect to the likes of the Vantage and the Virage, the DB9 is still the iconic Aston, both in lineage and modern-day design. So, as the DB9 prepares to make its final curtain call, it’s last iteration, the DB9 GT, hopes to ride off with that legacy with a bang.

The attention-to-detail that came with the development of the DB9 GT reflects Aston Martin’s peerless dedication to making it stand out from other DB9s. That’s far easier said than done considering how well-built the DB9 is, but as Brian Makse points out in his drive review of the DB9 GT, there’s an extra level of bespoke importance that was placed in the creation of the special edition DB9. For instance, the paint treatment is unique to the car, highlighted by silver, black, and grey flakes that’s rarely seen in an Aston Martin, or any other car for that matter. Then there’s the interior, which really speaks for itself.

The DB9 GT is also the most powerful DB9 ever, thanks in part to Aston uprating the car’s 6.0-liter V-12 engine to 540 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque. Everything about the DB9 GT is special, right down to its handling capabilities. Aston Martins have never been known for being the most fun cars to drive, but the DB9 somehow manages to blend everything together - the luxury, the performance, the looks, the handling - into one pot and create a really thrilling driving experience.

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XCAR Says Goodbye To Aston Martin DB9 GT: Video

XCAR Says Goodbye To Aston Martin DB9 GT: Video

The Aston Martin DB9 is just about at the end of its line. It’s been a great 11-year run for Aston’s resident grand tourer, but as always, all good things must come to an end. And so, as the DB9 hits the twilight of its life, XCAR’s Alex Goy took the time to contemplate the DB9’s impact on Aston Martin. Appropriately enough, Goy did it while driving what could very well be the last iteration of the DB9 to come out of Gaydon: the DB9 GT.

Launched at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the DB9 GT came with detailed improvements here and there, but nothing too dramatic to slam home the point on how important this model is when we start talking about the DB9 in the past tense. Granted, it’s hard to really do anything drastic on a car that’s 11 years old without turning it into a completely different model so we can take solace knowing that Aston Martin gave the model the swan song it deserved.

The debut of the Aston Martin DB10 in the James Bond movie “Spectre” likely means that the car could be used as the basis for the DB9 successor. It’s unlikely to be called the DB10 since history tells us that Aston has favored the odd-numbered nomenclature for this family (Aston jumped from the DB7 to DB9 despite the fact that the DB6 existed from 1965 to 1971). So who knows, really. It could be the DB10 or it could be DB11. For all we know, it could be an entirely different name altogether.

But, as Goy seemed to say in his time with the DB9 GT, it’s not really about the name as it is the continuation of a tradition. Ever since Sean Connery took the wheel of the Aston DB5 in Goldfinger back in 1964, Aston Martin has been defined by its lineup of DB models. So, as the DB9 begins its exit, we pay homage to a model that did the “DB” name proud.

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2016 Aston Martin DB9 GT Bond Edition

2016 Aston Martin DB9 GT Bond Edition

When it comes to cars, the movie industry has given us plenty of cool vehicles to drool over. With creations such as Mad Max’s Ford Falcon-based Interceptor, Knight Rider’s customized Pontiac Trans Am, and The Green Hornet’s Chrysler Imperial around, picking a favorite is nearly impossible. When it comes to automakers, however, Aston Martin seems to be the indisputable leader, especially when it comes to the James Bond franchise. Having already introduced the 2015 Aston Martin DB10 for the upcoming "Spectre" movie, the Brits launched a new production car that celebrates the fictional yet famous Secret Service agent.

It’s called the DB9 GT Bond Edition, and unlike the DB10, it can be purchased for dealerships the world over.

The DB9 GT joins a comprehensive lineup of Aston Martins created either to star in the James Bond movie or as a tribute to Ian Fleming’s 007. Though it won’t get to feature in an actual installment of the movie, like models such as the 1963-1967 Aston Martin DB5, 2012 Aston Martin DBS or 2005 Aston Martin V12 Vanquish did over the last five decades, it’s quite an important model as the final incarnation of the DB9. As you might have already guessed, it is based on the new 2016 Aston Martin DB9 GT, but equipped with a range of exclusive features. Keep reading to find what makes the Bond Edition special.

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2016 Aston Martin DB9 GT

2016 Aston Martin DB9 GT

Aston Martin hasn’t made a GT version of every single one of its DB cars, and with the DB9 having been around for more than a decade already, it wouldn’t have been unreasonable to assume it wasn’t happening this time. But Aston has indeed just announced that the DB9 GT will be making its official debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The car is mildly more powerful than the standard car (although, to be fair, it is significantly more powerful than pre-2013 DB9s). And it has had little tweaks all over.

The difference between this and the standard car isn’t as dramatic as the difference between the DB4 and the legendary DB4 GT, but neither has it been with any of the other GT versions of GT cars, and the DB4 GT was the exception rather than the rule. But the DB9 GT looks fantastic, and is an excellent way for Aston to breathe new life into a car that’s starting to show its age more that a little. In fact, the GT comes with some modernizing touches which the DB9 frankly was in need of. Good to see it isn’t stagnating.

Updated 08/07/2015: Aston Martin’s latest DB9 GT will be making its global debut at the Pebble Beach Automotive Week starting August 13. The car has been described as both the most powerful, but also the most compelling production ‘DB’ to date, designed to offer world-class grand touring and hand-built excellence.

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Aston Martin DB9 Successor Caught During Hot Weather Testing: Spy Shots

Aston Martin DB9 Successor Caught During Hot Weather Testing: Spy Shots

Aston Martin’s successor to the DB9 is out testing again. No need to get the champagne out though, as the photos we just received from our paparazzi depict the same camouflaged prototype we’ve seen so many times. Not the one wearing the swirly black-and-white wrap, but the all-black coupe that could very well fill in as Mad Max’s personal car in the next installment of the post-apocalyptic film series.

Just take a look at that rear end and the massive hunk of metal between those prototype tallights and tell me it wouldn’t be perfect in providing protection for a huge tank of gasoline. But yeah, I know, it’s not as cool as the mighty Interceptor.

Anyway, since there’s is not much to talk about based on these photos, let’s do a quick recap of what we already know.

First, there’s a big chance this new grand tourer will come with a DB11 badge. Second, the styling should blend cues from both the 2015 Aston Martin DB10 "James Bond" car and the current 2013 Aston Martin DB9. As we found out earlier this month, the interior will feature a few parts sourced from the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, as well as Mercedes electronics (possibly a Comand infotainment system too). Under the hood, look for both Aston Martin’s traditional V-12, as well as the AMG’s 4.0-liter V-8. The smaller unit will find its way into all future Aston Martin models as part of a deal the British signed with Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz.

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Aston Martin DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial Will Be Auctioned At Pebble Beach

Aston Martin DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial Will Be Auctioned At Pebble Beach

In 2013, Aston Martin unveiled a pair of stunning Zagato-built one-offs as part of its 100th anniversary celebration. Both ditched the design of the production cars they were based on in favor of a "more Mediterranean" appearance that made them unique among other Aston Martins. These special editions were the DBS Coupe Zagato and the DB9 Spyder Zagato. The DB9-based convertible will be looking for a new owner at RM Sotheby’s car auction at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 14th.

Built for U.S. Aston Martin collector Peter Read, the DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial is based on the DB9 Volante, but features reworked body panels with squared-off edges, wider rear fenders and a more aggressive rendition of the brand’s trademark front grille. Unlike other Aston Martins, the Zagato’s headlamps were incorporated into the mesh, while the taillights had a teardrop shape.

The auction house estimated the unique convertible will fetch between $380,000 and $450,000.

RM Sotheby’s car sale at Pebble Beach will also see an array of classic sports cars go under the hammer. Highlights will include a 1968 Maserati Ghibli 4.7 Spyder Prototype ($1,200,000 - $1,800,000), a 1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta ($900,000 - $1,200,000), and a 1976 Lamborghini Countach LP 400 ’Periscopio’ ($1,500,000 - $2,000,000).

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Aston Martin DB9 Successor Testing At Nurburgring: Spy Shots

Aston Martin DB9 Successor Testing At Nurburgring: Spy Shots

It’s been a full month since the successor to the Aston Martin DB9 was spotted testing at the Nurburgring, and two weeks since it made its first public appearance with new bodywork, and the upcoming grand tourer surfaced yet again. Is it just me, or is the next DB9 — likely to be named the DB11 — coming out to play once every two weeks? Coincidence or not, what’s important here is that the Brits are busy working on the new GT, more so since the model depicted above and below will introduce Aston Martin’s new platform and the AMG-sourced, 4.0-liter V-8.

According to our trusty paparazzi, who also sent a batch of photos our way, the DB9 successor returned for another testing session at the Nurburgring. Still wearing the prototype shell we first saw earlier in April, but now wrapped in black-and-blue camouflage, the coupe remains a mystery from a design standpoint, as the front grille, the tailpipes, and the wheels are the only details left in the open. Yes, there isn’t much to talk about besides what we already know. Namely that the DB9 will be restyled into a sleeker grand tourer with cues borrowed from the DB10 James Bond movie car.

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Aston Martin DB9 Successor Spotted With New Bodywork: Spy Shots

Aston Martin DB9 Successor Spotted With New Bodywork: Spy Shots

It’s been just two weeks since the successor to the current Aston Martin DB9, was spotted carving the Nurburgring, and the Brits already started testing a new mule of their upcoming grand tourer. It wouldn’t be a big deal if the prototype was wearing the old DB9 body in the process, but this new mule gives us our first look at the new car’s design. There’s no word as to what badge the new car would wear, but it could be named DB11 since Aston Martin already trademarked the name and since the DB10 moniker is already used by the one-off car created for the James Bond "Spectre" movie.

Expect the coupe to break cover sometime in 2016 for the 2017 model year, as the first Aston Martin built on the company’s new platform. The DB9, and all the other Aston Martins currently in production for that matter, including the DB10, use the VH (Vertical/Horizontal) architecture introduced all the way back in 2001. New engines are also on the table, so make sure you keep reading to find out more about the upcoming grand tourer.

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Aston Martin DB9 Successor Caught Playing On The Nurburgring: Spy Shots

Aston Martin DB9 Successor Caught Playing On The Nurburgring: Spy Shots

Twelve years since the model was first revealed, the DB9 is finally heading toward its demise, and Aston Martin has already started work on its successor. A development mule for the next DB9 was recently spotted on the Nurburgring Nordschleife, where it was likely testing a new powertrain or platform. I wouldn’t hold it against you if you thought that it looks just like a regular DB9 from the current generation, but a keen eye would notice that the front end is wider and that there is some light camouflage on the lower part of the front bumper. Also, the model’s wheelbase is longer and the hood features two extra closing mechanisms.

Since the next DB9 is expected to be launched sometime in 2016, this development mule will probably be replaced with camouflaged, pre-production protoypes toward the end of 2015. That would make it closer to when the DB10 is featured in Spectre, the 24th James Bond film, though that would be just a coincidence. What won’t be a coincidence is that the 2017 DB9 will probably borrow some design cues from the movie-only DB10.

Despite Aston’s recent tie-in with Mercedes-AMG, from which it will source V-8 engines in the future, the next DB9 is expected to feature a revamped version of the current V-12 powerplant. Attached to a transaxle version of the eight-speed automatic from ZF, the improved 12-cylinder is expected to offer more power and better fuel consumption than today’s version.

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2015 Aston Martin DB9 Volante by Q by Aston Martin

2015 Aston Martin DB9 Volante by Q by Aston Martin

Since its launch in 2012, Aston Martin’s Q by Aston Martin personalization program has created some of the most memorable personalized pieces we’ve ever seen. In 2014 alone, the Q by Aston Martin team has unveiled a pair of heavily individualized DB9 Volante models, one even carrying an equestrian theme to it. Recently, Q by Aston Martin received its third order for a personalized DB9 Volante, this time coming from the US.

The order was placed by the British automaker’s dealer in Dallas, Texas. The dealer requested Q by Aston Martin to dress up a DB9 Volante using only two colors — blue and white — on the entire car.

Blue and white? A dealership from Dallas, Texas? Something tells me that a customer commissioned this program and wanted the colors to resemble that of a certain football team that plays in the city and uses the same two colors. Okay, fine. There’s no indication that this customized DB9 Volante was a Dallas Cowboys-inspired creation, but I certainly wouldn’t be surprised if there was some kind of connection behind it.

To its credit, Q by Aston Martin worked with these limitations and created another personalized masterpiece using special iterations of both colors with high-grade leather and carbon fiber.

It’s not as comprehensively detailed as the equestrian-themed DB9 Volante from July 2014, but it does have a unique identity, namely the use of the two colors that are deeply entrenched in Dallas’ sports culture.

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Aston Martin Files Trademark for New DB Models

Aston Martin Files Trademark for New DB Models

Already 10 years old, the Aston Martin DB9 will continue to be around until 2016, when the British automaker will unveil its successor. Whether the next-gen model will still carry the DB9 moniker or not is still unknown, but a report coming from Autocar claims Aston Martin has submitted trademark filings for names DB10 through DB14.

Although these trademarks could be used for five different models, Aston Martin is expected to pick the DB10 name for the next-generation DB9. The Brits are known to move forward with the numerical denomination of its models to emphasize the advances made in terms of design and performance. However, Aston Martin skipped on the DB8 name, jumping from DB7 to DB9 in 2004. That being said, the next-gen DB could very well be launched as the DB11, with the DB10 trademark filed just to protect the numerical denomination.

Scheduled to go on sale for 2017 model year, the next-generation DB9 will ride on a brand-new modular platform and feature a twin-turbocharged V-8 engine built by Mercedes’s AMG division.

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Aston Martin Could Shutter US Dealerships Over Failed Crash Tests

Aston Martin Could Shutter US Dealerships Over Failed Crash Tests

Things aren’t looking so good for Aston Martin’s future if the automaker fails to get an exemption from the U.S. government’s crash test standards regarding its DB9 and Vantage models. More specifically, both models fail to comply with the new side-impact crash standards coming into effect next month and therefore would not qualify for sale within the U.S. Bloomberg reports Aston Martin filed for an exemption for the two cars last year, but the word is still out on whether the automaker will be able to continue selling the two models without making significant structural changes to meet the higher standards.

The exemptions would allow the DB9 to be sold through August 2016 and the Vantage through August 2017. Without such leeway, the automaker could suffer tremendous financial losses to its dealer network, resulting in many lost jobs and closed franchises.

With the independently owned Aston Martin already in a tight financial bind, the automaker likely cannot afford to significantly alter the DB9 and Vantage to comply with the new legislation. Since Aston Martin isn’t a part of a larger organization of automakers, it cannot simply borrow technology or shift funds to fix the problem.

The new side-impact crash standards taking effect next month are designed to heighten a vehicle’s ability to protect occupants against impacts with solid objects such as utility poles and trees.

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2014 Aston Martin DB9 Volante by Q

2014 Aston Martin DB9 Volante by Q

Aston Martin’s Q by Aston Martin division has created some pretty delicious personalized models since it was launched in 2012. In a lot of ways, it’s become one of the best things Aston Martin has done in recent years. So when Aston Martin announced that four unique Q by Aston Martin models will be displayed at the Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance, the excitement behind it is completely legitimate. The Aston Martin DB9 Volante is one of the models that will be given the Q by Aston Martin treatment. I’ve looked at all four examples headed to Pebble Beach and there’s no question in my mind that the DB9 Volante is a stunner.

It’s just a beautiful, personalized Aston Martin that exudes all the best things the brand is known for. It’s also unique enough that you probably won’t see another Aston Martin dressed in the same colors anytime soon.

That’s the beauty of the Q by Aston Martin division. It creates examples that are so unique and personally detailed that you can’t help but wonder why Aston Martin doesn’t release more of these models to the public.

The Pebble Beach-bound Aston Martin DB9 Volante Q by Aston Martin is a perfect example of that.

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2014 Aston Martin DB9 Volante by Q

2014 Aston Martin DB9 Volante by Q

The Q by Aston Martin program has been around for only two years, but most of its creations are definitely bound to become valuable classics. The latest vehicle coming from the company’s personalization arm is no exception and, unlike other bespoke Aston Martins, is crossing "the Pond" to be auctioned for charity in Los Gatos, California. The sports car in question is an equestrian-themed DB9 Volante.

Just like the unique 2014 Ferrari FF Dressage Edition the Italians launched in China earlier in 2014, the DB9 Volante by Q pays tribute to the equestrian lifestyle. Not at all surprising considering its British roots and the fact that it will cross the block during the Menlo Charity Horse Show, one of the finest equestrian events in the United States.

Equipped with a unique interior that boasts more luxury than any other production DB9, this equestrian-inspired convertible will generate a $10,000 donation to benefit the Vista Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired. The sports car will be auctioned off by Los Gatos Aston Martin between August 5th and 10th, 2014.

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2014 Aston Martin DB9 By Carlex Design

2014 Aston Martin DB9 By Carlex Design

It has been a decade since the Aston Martin DB9 arrived to replace the DB7. Many tuners including the popular names have spent time with the British icon to squeeze more out of it and make it even more sophisticated and lucrative. The latest tuner to get its hands on the DB9 is Carlex and it made the car look astonishing on the inside — as if the base DB9’s cabin wasn’t astonishing enough. It has dubbed this project the Aston Martin DB9 Vesper.

The ethereal looking Aston Martin DB9 has been designed by Ian Callum and Henrik Fisker with the distinctiveness coming from the trademark front grille and super-sleek aluminum body. The long hood with distinctive creases makes the car lustrous and elegant. The DB9 is powered by AM11 engine, which is a 5.9-liter V-12 with 510 horsepower and 457 foot-pounds of torque. With this engine in tow and mated to a six-speed automatic, the DB9 crests the 60-mph mark in just 4.6 seconds.

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Video: Aston Martin DB9 Film Series

Video: Aston Martin DB9 Film Series

Automakers taking the web series route have become prevalent these days. Koenigsegg has "Inside Koenigsegg" and Chevrolet Racing has the "Track to Street" series in the middle of the ALMS season. Now, Aston Martin is joining in on the fun with the debut of the "Discover Aston Martin DB9" web series.

Unlike the technical nature of Inside Koenigsegg and the action-packed episodes of Track to Street, Discover Aston Martin DB9 takes a dramatic look at one of the British automaker’s most esteemed models.

The first episode gives a full overview of the iconic DB9, complete with interviews with two men greatly responsible for its development: design director Marek Reichman and director of product development Ian Minards.

WIth the history and pedigree of the DB9 as it relates to Aston Martin, it’s no wonder why the company holds the model in high regard, attributing its appeal to a legacy of style and innovation that has defined the model and the company.

Or simply put, as Reichman describes the DB9, "it’s the backbone of Aston Martin."

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2015 Aston Martin DB9 Carbon Black & Carbon White

2015 Aston Martin DB9 Carbon Black & Carbon White

The Geneva Motor Show will showcase some of the finest concepts and world debuts you’ll ever see this year.

But every so often, an automaker like Aston Martin makes a splash with unveilings like this one: a pair of special edition Aston Martin DB9s called the Carbon Black and the Carbon White.

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

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2007 Aston Martin DB9 Signature edition by Kahn Design

2007 Aston Martin DB9 Signature edition by Kahn Design

The last Aston Martin tuned by the British design firm, Kahn Design, was the DBS Casino Royale, which was pretty sweet. Today, Kahn took another break from its usual Land Rover models and decided to update another Aston Martin model,;this time around it is a DB9.

This custom Aston is not based on the 2013 DB9, which delivers a total of 510 horsepower. Instead, the designer extraordinaire opted to update a the initial DB9 model (2005 through 2008), which delivered a total of 450 horsepower from the factory.

No changes were made under the hood, which is pretty typical for Kahn, but the designer opted to update the exterior and the interior look of the DB9. Kahn opted to paint the DB9 in the same paint used for the DBS Casino Royale: meteorite silver. Customers can opt for any possible color, for both the exterior and the interior.

Click past the jump to read more about the Aston Martin DB9 Signature edition by Kahn Design.

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2014 Aston Martin DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial

2014 Aston Martin DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial

When it comes to special one-off Aston Martins, the British automaker usually taps the service of one design house: Zagato.

We’ve seen over the years what a collaboration between the two companies can produce. Now that Aston Martin is in the middle of celebrating its 100th anniversary, it’s not surprising that Zagato has come back to build a pair of special one-off models to commemorate the occasion.

One of these models is called the DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial, a special model based on the 2013 DB9 Volante convertible. Looking completely different from what we’ve come to know about the modern DB9 Volante, the DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial does carry plenty of design inspiration, most notably from the 1994-2003 DB7 Zagato.

Equally fascinating is the way Aston Martin and Zagato went to giving the one-off model unique tastes of both companies. From Zagato’s double-bubble roof to Aston Martin’s unmistakable, albeit larger, grille and fender vents, the DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial really does represent the best of both worlds.

One thing that did throw us for a little loop is the design of the round headlights, which does harken us back to the V8 Zagato of the 80’s but comes as a little out of place when built into the sharper and more streamlined look of the current DB9 Volante.

In any case, the DB9 Spyder Zagato Centennial is still a treat to look at and noted American collector and Aston Martin enthusiast Peter Read is a pretty lucky man to being the recipient of this one-off ride.

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2013 Aston Martin DB9 Plug-in Hybrid by Bosch

2013 Aston Martin DB9 Plug-in Hybrid by Bosch

Back in May, Aston Martin announced the Hybrid Hydrogen-powered Rapide S as a special entry in the 41st ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nürburgring. Now the company has teamed up with Bosch Engineering to develop a plug-in-hybrid variant of the DB9 sports car. Could this be a clear sign that Aston Martin is considering hybridization for its future models?

The car received no exterior updates, except, of course, for the expected Bosch swag so we don’t forget who helped electrify the DB9.

All of the major work was made under the hood, where the two companies combined a V-12 engine powering the front wheels with an electric motor for the rear wheels. As a result, this hybrid DB9 will deliver a total of 740 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque.

On top of the amazing output – 230 horsepower and 193 pound-feet of torque more than the base DB9 – Aston Martin also announced a full-electric range of 16 miles. Rumors are also circulating that the hybrid DB9 will be about 10-percent quicker than the standard car.

Bosch equipped the car with the latest ESP system with four different driving modes: safe, sport, drift, and custom. For the interior, Bosch developed TFT dials and an in-car touchscreen system, which obviously will double as a hybrid system monitor.

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2013 Aston Martin DB9

2013 Aston Martin DB9

When the DB9 hit the market in the 2005 model year, we loved what Aston had done with it, as it took its 1950s and 60s predecessors and just modernized it — a brilliant concept. Well, the DB9 went through a few minor changes in the 200s, namely a boost from a 449-horsepower, 412 pound-feet V-12 to a 470-horsepower, 443 pound-feet V-12 engine. Other than that, the DB9 has been basically a carryover and is well overdue for a mild upgrade, which we have been speculating about for a while now.

Finally, Aston Martin has given into our prying selves and has released some information on the upcoming revisions to the DB9 for the 2013 model year. Keep in mind here, Aston Martin, like many sports car and supercar builders, are not keen on changing things around just for the sake of change. So we do not expect to see any massive styling changes, only small tweaks here and there to make it sleeker and more stylish, so it remains up to date.

Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer Dr. Ulrich Bez certainly feels good about the revised DB9, as he said: "I am very excited to be unveiling the new DB9 now. My team here at Gaydon has been working hard for many months to improve and update key aspects of this superb Sports GT – the mainstay of our sports car range – and I believe the results to be exceptional."

Well, with all due respect to Dr. Bez, and he deserves plenty, we will have to take a look at this revision and just see how “exceptional” it really is. We have certainly seen some redesign bombs in the last few years, so let’s hope that the DB9 is not one of them.

Click past the jump to read our full review on this all-new DB9 and see if it lives up to the level that Dr. Bez is telling us it does.

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Video: Irina Olhovskaya is back to teach us how to wash our cars

Video: Irina Olhovskaya is back to teach us how to wash our cars

Leave it to a Playboy Bunny to tell us how to wash our cars. Certainly, we’re not complaining one bit, especially if the aforementioned Bunny is Irina Olhovskaya. Remember, it was only a few weeks ago when she gave us a tutorial on the Lamborghini Gallardo.

Now, the blonde bombshell returns for another episode of BlondDrive.TV, and this time, she’s teaching us how to wash our cars - in a bikini, no less.

If only school were this cool.

The language is still in Russian, but just like before, english subtitles are present to keep us from getting confused about what she says, but rest assured, there’s nothing confusing about her...uhmm...assets.

Even more so when she seems to handle the washing of both the Aston Martin DB9 and the Bentley Continental GT Supersports with relative ease. We’re not exactly newbies when it comes to washing cars, but seeing Olhovskaya do it makes us wonder if we need her help in washing our cars.

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Aston Martin Virage gets the Heave-Ho; Will be Replaced by New DB9

Aston Martin only recently revived the Virage name when they unveiled the Coupe and Volante versions at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, but that revival was only short-lived. The Virage didn’t hit the high mark the company expected in their sales numbers, so they are now shelving the model in hopes that a new DB9 will give them the results they need.

During its short 18 months of production, only 1,000 Virage units were produced simply because customers considered the Virage a more expensive alternative to the current DB9 and didn’t feel like paying the extra money for what seemed like nothing. However, the move to replace the Virage with a new DB9 also comes with monetary adjustments. The future DB9 will get a boost in price when compared to the current generation, with clients expected to pay about £150,000 ($237,000 at the current exchange rates), up from the current £128,000 ($202,000 at the current rates). of course, it will still be cheaper than the Vanquish, which is priced at £190,000 (about $300,000 at the current rates).

When the next Aston Martin DB9 is unveiled in 2013, we will see similar, but more aggressive styling than the Virage. It will also be more powerful than the Virage, utilizing a 6.0-liter V-12 engine that delivers 510 HP, but not as powerful as the Vanquish which produces 565 HP.

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2012 Aston Martin DB9 1M

2012 Aston Martin DB9 1M

Last November, Aston Martin launched a cool competition on Facebook in order to celebrate its One Million fans. People were asked to choose between four different designs - Aero, Dynamic, Heritage and Heritage Art - for a new model called the "DB9 1M." The winner has finally been selected as the Aero.

This special DB9 1M features 20-spoke, silver diamond-turned wheels, black brake calipers, and an Obsidian Black and Spicy Red interior with a Piano Black fascia.

This will most likely be the last version of the current DB9 built before Aston Martin brings the next generation to the market next year. Aston Martin has announced that the DB9 1M will make its official debut in the next few days, but the first image was published on their Facebook account. We don’t expect to see this model built in large numbers nor do we expect the winner to receive this as a gift.

We’ll keep you posted on any details that arrive on the Aston Martin DB9 1M when it is officially unveiled at Goodwood.

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1966 Aston Martin 'Short-Chassis' Volante

1966 Aston Martin ’Short-Chassis’ Volante

In 1965, the Aston Martin DB5 was on its way out of showrooms and the new DB6 was being shown off at the London Motor Show. Between these two events lies the shortest-lasting production model convertible ever produced by Aston: the 1966 Aston Martin Volante.

The Volante was based off of the 37 remaining unused 1965 DB5s, but donned the more luxurious amenities of the DB6. When this model debuted, it was nicknamed the “Short Chassis” in an effort to help distinguish it from the longer DB6. As a result of the name, many people mistook that as meaning it was actually a shortened version of the DB5, which it is not.

Despite its awesome performance for the era, sharp looks, and popularity, the Volante was only an interim car. It was used just to bridge the gap between the time that the DB5 left and the DB6 hit showrooms. This means that production ceased as soon as the 37 unused DB5 chassis were converted.

Coming across a rare Aston Martin like this happens just about as often as you have a chance of seeing a Sasquatch or the Loch Ness Monster. Okay, maybe it’s a little more likely than seeing those, but you get our point. Well, get your wallet and passport ready, as RM Auctions is just about to auction off one of the 37 1966 Aston Martin ’Short Chassis’ Volante units on May 12th, 2012 in Monaco.

So how does this classic Brit motorcar look, feel, and drive?

Click past the jump to read our review and find out.

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2011 Aston Martin DB9 Volante by Project Kahn

2011 Aston Martin DB9 Volante by Project Kahn

Mighty, mighty,Aston Martins are always fun tuning subjects, especially if they come in the package of a DB9 Volante.

Already possessing a 6.0-liter V12 engine that produces 470 horsepower and 442 lb/ft of torque with a 0-60 mph sprint time of just 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 190 mph, the DB9 Volante was treated with a new tuning program courtesy of Britain’s very own, Project Kahn.

Known for their expertise in British vehicles, Project Kahn has tuned an Aston Martin or two in the past. This particular program for the DB9 Volante carries a bevy of modifications, including a new matte Pearl Grey finish, a new set of 20" RSV Kahn lightweight wheels, a new suspension set-up, and new, red brake calipers on the outside. Inside, the DB9 Volante receives a new leather finish with matching cream stitching, Pearl Grey trimming, and an overall new design on the sports car’s dials.

The performance figures remain unchanged, but don’t expect that to be a turn off on the package. On its own, the DB9 Volante is a masterful machine by itself. Project Kahn’s dress-up only adds more flavor to an already delicious program.

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Aston Martin's future depends on Daimler partnership

Aston Martin’s future depends on Daimler partnership

Just when it seemed a brand new collaboration was on the verge of rising, talks between Aston Martin and Daimler have been slowed almost to a halt. The two brands had an interest in working with each other because it would be mutually beneficial: Aston Martin would have helped in developing Maybach models and they would, in turn, be able to take advantage of Mercedes’ latest technology. Now, German publications have reported that this agreement has collapsed and, as a result, Aston Martin’s future is in grave danger.

The first Aston Martin vehicle to feel the heat may be the DB9 supercar. This model is built on the VH platform that was developed when Aston was owned by Ford Motor Co, but since a redesign is expected for the 2014 model year, Aston Martin finds itself scrambling for a new platform; one they thought they would be able to get from Daimler. The redesigned Vantage scheduled to come out in 2015 is in the same precarious situation, leaving Aston working doubletime to re-engineer the current platform, powertrain, and sheet metal.

The highly anticipated Lagonda models aren’t any safer. This bump in the road leaves their production entirely uncertain because the SUV was going to be built on the Mercedes GL platform and the sedan was supposed to use the Mercedes S-Class platform.

Aston Martin is completely at a loss, though. They just secured a £304 million bond - about $440 million at the current rates - from global investors at a rather high 9.25% interest over the next seven years. This money will be going towards designing all new platforms for their full line of sports cars, including the DB9, Vantage, and Rapide.

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Aston Martin Pays the Price for All New Platform

Investors are getting more and more strict when it comes to allowing people to borrow their money and it seems as if Aston Martin is getting the short end of that stick. The British sports car maker has secured a £304 million bond - about $440 million at the current rates - from global investors at a rather high 9.25% interest over the next seven years. That’s a 3-4% increase over the typical interest rate. Desperate or not, Aston Martin now has the money to design an all new platform for their full line of sports cars, including the DB9, Vantage and Rapide. Expect the new line to debut in 2015 or 2016 with the first details of the new design and production engineering showing up in a concept car sometime in 2012.

Before the British automaker moves to the new platform, however, their current VH platform will have to be modified to obey the new Federal FMVSS pedestrian impact rules. This re-engineered platform will be used for facelift versions of all three models. The new models will also benefit from new skin panels, revised interiors, and tweaked chassis and engines.

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2011 Aston Martin DB9 by RSC Tuning

2011 Aston Martin DB9 by RSC Tuning

The Aston Martin DB9 has already received a major update for the 2011 model year, but one lucky tuner in Miami, Fl got the chance to make the supercar even better with a tuning package of their own. RSC Tuning have already started working on the exterior modifications for their super project, with engine mods to follow in the near future.

Changing it up a little for the Aston Martin DB9 is new RSC clear rear tail lights, a new RSC sports exhaust, RSC performance air filters, COR wheels, RSC lowering springs, RSC custom floor mats, and Vantage Collection rear diffuser. Future updates will make the kit much better as RSC Tuning is planning on performing an ECU update and using RSC 100 Cell secondary sports catalysts.

Since the engine updates have not been executed as of yet, the tuner could not volunteer any information on how it would affect the performance of the DB9. We know the 2011 Aston Martin DB9 is currently working with a 6.0L V12 engine that produces 470bhp and 442lb ft of torque. Mated to a six-speed ‘Touchtronic’ paddle-shift automatic or six-speed H-pattern manual transmission, the DB9 gets from 0-60mph in just 4.6 seconds with a top speed of 190mph. We fully expect to get much more power once the engine has been revised, and we can’t wait to hear about it!

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TopSpeed's Best of 2010: Sports Car of the Year

TopSpeed’s Best of 2010: Sports Car of the Year

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.

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2011 Aston Martin DB9 Quantum Silver

2011 Aston Martin DB9 Quantum Silver

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.

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2011 Aston Martin DB9 Morning Frost

2011 Aston Martin DB9 Morning Frost

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.

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2011 Aston Martin DB9 Carbon Black

2011 Aston Martin DB9 Carbon Black

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.

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Aston Martin AMVOX2 DB9 Transponder timepiece

Aston Martin AMVOX2 DB9 Transponder timepiece

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.

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Aston Martin DB5 Bond Car Meets 2011 DB9

Aston Martin DB5 Bond Car Meets 2011 DB9

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.

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Gold Aston Martin DB9 is beyond gorgeous

Gold Aston Martin DB9 is beyond gorgeous

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.

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Future Aston Martin DB9 to be inspired by One-77 supercar

Future Aston Martin DB9 to be inspired by One-77 supercar

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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An In Depth Look At The New 2011 Aston Martin DB9

An In Depth Look At The New 2011 Aston Martin DB9

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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2011 Aston Martin DB9

2011 Aston Martin DB9

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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Edo Competition transforms an Aston Martin DB9 into a DBS

Edo Competition transforms an Aston Martin DB9 into a DBS

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 DB9to 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.

Press release after the jump.

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Facelift Aston Martin DB9 caught testing

Facelift Aston Martin DB9 caught testing

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.

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Aston Martin DB9 leads a revamped Aston lineup

Aston Martin DB9 leads a revamped Aston lineup

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.


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Facelift Aston Martin DB9 to be revealed at Paris Show

Facelift Aston Martin DB9 to be revealed at Paris Show

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.

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Young girl falls into Aston Martin from a two-story window; sports car's bonnet saves her life

Young girl falls into Aston Martin from a two-story window; sports car’s bonnet saves her life

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.”

You don’t say, buddy. You don’t say.

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Check out Kobe Bryant and Aston Martin's new kicks

Check out Kobe Bryant and Aston Martin’s new kicks

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.

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Aston Martin DB9 tops survey for UK's number one car in the past 25 years

Aston Martin DB9 tops survey for UK’s number one car in the past 25 years

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.

Press release after the jump

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Opel Calibra or Aston Martin DB9?

Opel Calibra or Aston Martin DB9?

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!

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Mansaory Cyrus - new image gallery

Mansaory Cyrus - new image gallery

Mansory revealed a new image gallery of the Cyrus - their tuning package based on DB9 or DBS. With only 15 units to be produced, Cyrus is priced at $560,000 (car not included).

The exterior of the Mansory Cyrus is both powerful and aerodynamic incorporating flared fenders, side skirts as well as a lightweight hood with larger vents and a One-77 inspired front bumper while the rear skirt is upgraded with an integrated diffuser and four stainless steel tail pipes.

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Aston Martin Vantage V8 and DB9 got Cargraphic winter wheels

Aston Martin Vantage V8 and DB9 got Cargraphic winter wheels

One of the downsides of owning a high performance vehicle is that as soon as winter approaches and the mercury drops, those sticky summer tires become hard and brittle and don’t work nearly as well as they did just a few months ago. Another issue with wearing your Sunday best while out playing in the snow is that every bit of salt and debris will do a number on your finely finished wheels. However the aftermarket manufacturer Cargraphic has come up with a combination to ensure that not only will your Aston Martin look as good as it can all year round, but owners won’t have to compromise their car’s level of grip either thanks to the combination of winter spec Cargraphic IS-ONE wheels and Dunlop Wintersport rubber for the Aston Martin V8 Vantage and DB9 super sports cars.

Press release after the jump.

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