The Aston Martin DB9 Earned a Sub-Zero on Top Gear's Cool Wall For a Reason

We go over three generations of this iconic British GT car to see exactly why

It is impossible to mention Aston Martin without drawing the brand's connection to 007, better known to everyone as James Bond.

The DB9 is one of the most significant modern Astons to date and it was introduced around the turn of the century in 2003.

The supercar was the successor to the DB7 Vantage and was due to be built at a brand new facility in Gaydon in the U.K.

Nothing else but a V-12 could be used to propel this British GT car and with each of the three generations of the DB9, power went up to 500 hp.

The biggest draw of the DB9 however was its styling. Penned by the likes of Ian Callum and Henrik Fisker, it was nothing short of spectacular.

With a long hood and clean lines, the design of the DB9 is timeless. The proportions are spot on and are fitting of a Grand Tourer.

Right from the first generation, the DB9 was available as a coupe or convertible (Volante) and the V-12 produced 450 hp.

Although this big Aston had a V-12, the DB9 was never about outright performance; it was more about grace and elegance.

The second generation received a minor facelift, not that it needed one and the DB9 also got slight bump in power. The V-12 now produced 470 hp.

Same was the case with the interior which saw some new finishes and updated electronics.

By the time the third generation hit the market, other models in Aston's portfolio like the DBS, the Rapide & Virage started eating into DB9 sales.

In fact the Virage was so similar to the DB9 that the Aston eventually adopted the DB9 name with the Virage. The power was now up to 496 hp.

To keep the DB9 competitive, Aston incorporated even more technology and a fantastic stereo from Bang & Olufsen.

But despite the update, it was difficult for Aston Martin to justify the DB9 purely based on styling, because the competition was fierce and the DB9 was falling short.

And with that Aston decided to seize production of the DB9. Aston Martin made 16,500 DB9s over a 13 year period, between 2003-2016.

The British Automaker did give us one final special Bond GT edition before the supercar's eventual demise.

A few special editions based on the DB9 like the Zagato Spyder Centennial shows us the versatility of the Astons VH platform.

Another special edition, although this one based on the V8 Vantage, was the DB10. It was specially commissioned for another 007 movie, Spectre.

The spiritual successor to the DB9 however came in the form of the DB11. Aston says that this car is better than the DB9 in every way.

The DB9 though in my opinion is still better looking and remains my favourite modern Aston Martin. Swipe up to read more about the DB9.

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