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.

Continue reading to learn more about the Aston Martin DB9 GT.

  • 2016 Aston Martin DB9 GT
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V12
  • Transmission:
    Touchtronic II six-speed
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    539 @ 6750
  • Torque @ RPM:
    457 @ 5500
  • Displacement:
    6.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.5 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    183 mph
  • Price:
    199950
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Exterior

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From the outside, it would be difficult to tell the DB9 GT apart from the DB9, assuming that you weren’t looking at the badging. The front splitter and rear diffuser are now painted black, and there are new 20-inch wheels over brake calipers that are also painted black. There’s also new trim around the headlights and taillights. The carbon-fiber taillight inserts in the pictures are actually an option, but it’s one we’d imagine a lot of people would select.

The dark paint and interior colors that Aston Martin has chosen for the car shown here fits in well with all of the extra black that the GT has been given. One wonders how well the black would work with a brighter color, but it wouldn’t be the worst thing that ever happened in the world if all of them were sold with dark, subdued colors. The coupe is pictured, but there will also be a convertible version, which will hopefully maintain the high standards of aesthetics.

Interior

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Aston Martin put a lot of emphasis on the interior of this new car, and much of that was devoted to talking about the new infotainment system. This system is the AMi II that is already being sold with the new 2014-2015 Aston Martin Vanquish, and has finally started working its way down the lineup. This is a better system than the old one, more powerful and more user friendly in that way that newer electronics are supposed to be.

The rest of the interior is largely unchanged, although there are some new color options which is always nice to see. There’s an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel (on the coupe only, for some reason), and there are GT emblems embroidered into the seats. The rest is unchanged, but also wasn’t in need of changing.

Drivetrain

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The DB9 has been in production since 2004, which is quite a while for a high-end performance car. It started life with a 450-horsepower 6.0-liter V-12 borrowed from the Vanquish. This got bumped up to 476 horsepower in 2008, and up to 510 horsepower 2013. The GT takes it a bit further still, up to 539 horsepower. Those aren’t hypercar numbers, but the DB9 isn’t a hypercar, or even a supercar, really. It’s a grand tourer, and among the grand tourers in this price range, that is a perfectly respectable amount of power, maybe even slightly on the high side.

Drivetrain Specifications

Type 6.0-litre V-12
Output 539 HP @ 6,750 RPM
Torque 457 LB-FT @ 5,500 RPM
Transmission Touchtronic II six-speed with electronic shift-by-wire control system
0 to 62 mph 4.5 seconds
Top speed 183 MPH

Prices

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Aston Martin will be asking $199,950 for the DB9 GT, which isn’t at all a significant increase over the regular DB9 in any way. That’s a good thing, because as good as the GT is, it’s difficult to imagine anyone rushing out to buy a significantly more expensive DB9 of any kind.

Competition

2015 Ferrari California T

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Slightly less powerful than the DB9 GT and making V-8 noises instead of the sonorous noises produced by an Aston V-12, the Ferrari California T is nonetheless a worthy adversary for the DB9 GT. The price is nearly identical, and both come from marques that will impress your neighbors. The difference in performance is negligible as well, and the only significant differences are the styling and the Ferrari’s folding metal roof. Otherwise, this is essentially a matter of taste.

Read our full review here.

2016 Bentley Continental GT

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This is the big seller in this particular market niche, and it’s not difficult to see why. It’s bigger, more comfortable, and even slightly cheaper than basically all of its competition. All of that luggage space does come at a cost in terms of weight, and the V-8 is slightly less powerful than the Aston’s V-12. But this isn’t a segment where tenths of a second are quite as critical, and those willing to spend a bit more can always move up to the Continental GT Speed, which is quite a bit more powerful than the DB9 GT. Not everyone wants something so relatively common as the Continental GT, but that once again comes down to a matter of taste.

Find out more about the facelifted Continental GT in our review here.

Conclusion

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The DB9 GT might look at first glance like a simple special edition. But the fact that the price is essentially the same as the DB9 tells you everything you need to know about this car. This is something Aston Martin has put out in order to extend the life of the DB9 for a couple more years (at most) before the model is retired completely in favor of a 2017 Aston Martin replacement. There are a lot of little details made a bit better here and there, nothing too dramatic, just updates to the same idea that the car was made with in the first place.

It’s really something the DB9 needed, and to be honest, it probably could have used it a couple of years ago. It’s still a very attractive car, and the periodic power updates have been handled well and kept it competitive in the performance department, but 11 years is a very, very long time to keep building the same car with only minor aesthetic tweaks. But with the GT likely to be the final and best version of the DB9 to be sold, it’s well worth one last look, and those buying with investment in mind are sure to be thinking that this will be the most valuable as a classic as well.

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    • * Those with high hopes for the GT badge may be disappointed by how little extra power there is
    • * With so many components now painted black, color choice gets more difficult
    • * Details have changed, but it looks largely the same as a 2004 model

Press Release

Aston Martin is today revealing the DB9 GT – the luxury British sports car maker’s most compelling production ‘DB’ to date. Designed to offer the best of what DB9 can be, the new car delivers world-class grand touring and hand-built excellence.

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Claiming the title of the most potent DB9 yet devised, by virtue of its uprated 6.0-litre V12 engine which now boasts 547 PS – the DB9 GT makes its public debut as part of Aston Martin’s impressive presence at this week’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The new sports car appears as Aston Martin also unveils a raft of colour, trim and equipment enhancements across its sporty Vantage and luxurious Rapide S model lines.

Aston Martin CEO Dr Andy Palmer said: “The arrival of 16 Model Year (16MY) cars, as well as the addition of the sophisticated DB9 GT, gives us our most compelling sports car line-up to date as we continue to build our strongest ever global offering.”

DB9 GT – timeless style redefined

Since their debut in the early 1950s, the ‘DB’ models offered by Aston Martin have been synonymous with sophisticated grand touring and thrilling sports car performance.

In the tyre tracks of DB4, DB5, DB6 and DB7, today’s DB9 GT continues that distinguished tradition of luxury, excitement and style with a raft of engineering, equipment and styling developments calculated to make this the very best of what DB9 can be.

Fundamental to the new model’s unique appeal is its uprated 6.0-litre V12 petrol engine, which is capable of generating 547 PS at 6750 rpm, and 620 Nm of torque at 5500 rpm.

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The all-alloy, quad overhead cam, 48-valve 5,935 cc front mid-mounted V12 is mated to the proven rear mid-mounted Touchtronic II six-speed transmission with electronic shift-by-wire control system. It carries the British luxury sports car maker’s core GT offering from rest to 62 mph in 4.5 seconds, and on to a top speed of 183 mph.

The independent double wishbone suspension all round continues to deliver secure handling while the three-stage Adaptive Damping System (ADS) offers distinct Normal, Sport and Track modes for the broadest possible breadth of dynamic characteristics.

However power is only part of the story, as the new Aston Martin also includes important and far-reaching equipment changes which underline its position as the best DB9 to date.

Most notable among the interior equipment updates is the arrival of the AMi II touch-sensitive Aston Martin infotainment system. While AMi debuted on the range-topping Vanquish at its launch, AMi II offers a revised menu structure which makes using the system even more user-friendly.

Building on the system launched in the Vanquish, the DB9 GT’s AMi II infotainment package sees key improvements made in a number of areas including text message integration, vehicle status information and extended background themes for greater personalisation.

Offering AM, FM, DAB and SDAR reception (US only), USB ports, Bluetooth audio streaming the system delivers superb connectivity and entertainment simply and easily.

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Ian Minards, Product Development Director at Aston Martin, explained: “Refining the DB9’s already impressive attributes into what we have today in the DB9 GT has been a careful and delicate process.

“Maintaining the effortlessly refined nature of our core GT sports car, while boosting power and introducing state-of-the-art infotainment systems, has required fine judgements and painstaking engineering.

“I’m confident the result, in the shape of the DB9 GT, represents the very best of what DB9 can be, and sets the standard for luxury grand tourers in this class.”

Bespoke luxury as standard

Instantly recognised the world over as a timelessly stylish Aston Martin, the core visual characteristics of the DB9 are of course retained in the DB9 GT. Refined styling enhancements inside and out, however, signal that this new car once again leads its class.

Aside from the subtle GT badges, this new DB9 is identified by black painted splitter and diffuser, revised headlight and tail light treatments and new ten-spoke 20-inch alloy wheels. Black anodised brake calipers and a GT engraving on the aluminium fuel filler cap further distinguish the new model.

Options, for those who wish to further personalise their car, include carbon fibre tail lamp inserts, side strakes, front splitter and rear diffuser; graphite, diamond-turned ten-spoke alloy wheels and alternative brake caliper colours.

Inside, the 2+2 seating configuration remains, however the seats now boast ‘GT’ embroidery on the unique fluted leather. An iridium trim pack and Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel (Coupe only) further distinguish the new car.

A broad array of options inside the DB9 GT include various centre console finishes such as Ice Mocha and Copper Cuprum, while other interior options include Duotone leather seats, door inserts and head linings; and a One-77-inspired steering wheel design.

Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman, said: “The purity of form and proportion, together with a lithe powerful, stance, remain at the core of what the DB9 is to look at. With these changes, we have made the DB9 GT yet more stylish, while retaining its unmistakable and globally renowned identity.”

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The DB9 GT is now available to order in markets around the world, priced from £140,000 RRP (UK), €187,000 RRP (Germany), $199,950 RRP (USA).

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