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Matt 01-10-2004 11:57 AM

Aston Martin DB9 2004-2016
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The Aston Martin DB9 is a grand tourer first shown by Aston Martin at the 2003 Frankfurt Auto Show. Available both as a coupe and a convertible known as the Volante, the DB9 was the successor of the DB7. It was the first model built at Aston Martin's Gaydon facility.

The DB9, designed by Henrik Fisker, is made largely of aluminium. The chassis is the VH platform, also found in the Aston Martin DBS. The engine, on the other hand, is the 6.0L V12 from the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish. It has a top speed of 295 km/h (183 mph) and a 0 to 97 km/h (60 mph) time of 4.1 seconds.

The DB9 is rated well by car critics, who appreciate the car's interior and exterior design. In spite of comments regarding the DB9's weaker engine and handling, reviewers liked the car's ride and driving experience. Some also held issue with the DB9's small rear seats, cargo space and poor satnav.

The 2012 version has seen many improvements to the design, the engine and the overall driving experience. It now has the most powerful engine yet with peak power of 517 PS and 620 Nm of torque. It also comes with carbon ceramic brakes as standard.

Production of the DB9 ended in 2016, being replaced by it's successor the DB11.

[B]Development and Design[/B]
The DB9 was designed by Henrik Fisker, and was first revealed at the 2003 Frankfurt Auto Show. The letters "DB" are the initials of David Brown, the owner of Aston Martin for a significant part of its history. Although it succeeded the DB7, Aston Martin did not call the car the DB8 due to fears that the name would suggest that the car was equipped with only a V8 engine (the DB9 has a V12). It was also reported that Aston Martin believed that naming the car "DB8" would indicate a gradual evolution and misrepresent the car.

The DB9 is the first model to be built at Aston Martin's Gaydon facility in Warwickshire, England. In a 2007 interview, Aston Martin CEO Dr. Ulrich Bez stated that, though Aston Martin was traditionally a maker of more exclusive automobiles, he believed Aston Martin needed to be more visible and build more cars. At launch, Aston Martin planned to build between 1,400 and 1,500 DB9s per year.

The DB9 was facelifted July 2008. This facelift was mainly the increase in engine power, to 350 kW (476 hp) and a redesigned center console. Externally, the DB9 remained virtually unchanged.

The DB9's interior is made with leather and walnut wood. In newer editions, the leather is additionally given hand-stitched accents and joins. On the dashboard, satnav and Bluetooth are standard in later models (options on earlier models). Later models also offered a Dolby Prologic sound system can be connected to satellite radio, a six-CD changer, an iPod connector, a USB connector, or an auxiliary input jack. This sound system can be upgraded to a Bang & Olufsen stereo.

The coupe comes standard with two front seats and rear seats. A seating package, which removes the back seats and replaces the front seats with lighter seats made of Kevlar and carbon fibre, can be chosen. The boot is 187 L (6.6 cu ft) in the coupe or 136 L (4.8 cu ft) in the Volante.

Made to follow Aston's DB7 model, the DB9 is, according to Aston's initial press release, "a contemporary version of classic DB design elements and characteristics". It retains the traditional Aston Martin grille and side strakes, and the design attempts to keep the lines simple and refined. The boot of the car is pronounced, like that of the DB4 and DB5. At the front, DB9 is without a separate nose cone, and has no visible bumpers. The exterior skin is largely aluminium, though the front bumpers and bonnet are composite.

For the 2013 model year revision, Aston made minor changes to the bodywork, including enlarging the recessed headlight clusters with bi-xenon lights and LED daytime strips, widening the front splitter, updating the grille and side heat extractors, updating the LED rear lights with clear lenses and integrating a new rear spoiler with the boot lid.

The Aston Martin DB9 was initially launched equipped with a 6.0L V12 engine, originally taken from its sister car, the V12 Vanquish. The engine provides 569 Nm (420 lbfft) of torque at 5,000 rpm and a maximum power of 444 hp (450 PS) at 6,000 rpm.[4] The DB9 can accelerate from 0 to 97 km/h (60 mph) in 4.7 seconds and has a top speed of 299 km/h (186 mph). The engine largely sits behind the front-axle line to improve weight distribution.[10] Changes to the engine for the 2013 model year DB9 increased the horsepower to 503 hp (510 PS) and torque to 620 Nm (457 lbfft). The car's 0 to 97 km/h (60 mph) time decreased to 4.50 seconds and the new top speed is 295 km/h (183 mph).

The DB9 can be equipped with either a six-speed conventional manual gearbox from Graziano or a six-speed ZF automatic gearbox featuring paddle-operated semi-automatic mode. The automatic gearbox increases the 0 to 97 km/h (60 mph) time to 4.9 seconds, though the top speed remains the same. The gearbox is rear-mounted and is driven by a carbon-fiber tail shaft inside a cast aluminium torque tube.

The DB9 is the first Aston Martin model to be designed and developed on Ford's aluminium VH (vertical/horizontal) platform which also underpins Aston Martin's flagship DBS. The body structure is composed of aluminium and composites melded together by mechanically fixed self-piercing rivets and robotic assisted adhesive bonding techniques. The bonded aluminium structure is claimed to possess more than double the torsional rigidity of its predecessor's, despite being 25 percent lighter.

The DB9 also contains anti-roll bars and double wishbone suspension, supported by coil springs. To keep the back-end in control under heavy acceleration or braking, the rear suspension has additional anti-squat and anti-lift technology. Later versions of the car also features three modes for the tuning: normal, for every-day use, sport, for more precise movement at the cost of ride comfort, and track, which furthers the effects of the sport setting. Early models had just 2 modes, 'normal' and 'sport'.

The DB9 initially launched with 483 mm (19 in) wheels with a width of 216 mm (8.5 in) in the front and 241 mm (9.5 in) in the back. They were fitted with Bridgestone Potenza 235/40ZR19 up front and 275/35ZR19 is the back. The brakes are large Brembo six-piston calipers in the front and four-piston calipers in the back. Carbon ceramic brakes were an option.

These were later changed to 20 in (508 mm) wheels with widths of 216 mm (8.5 in) in the front and 279 mm (11 in) in the back. The tyres are Pirelli P-Zero with codes of 245/35ZR20 and 295/30ZR20. The brakes are carbon-ceramic with six-piston calipers in the front and four-piston calipers in the back.

[B]DB9 Volante[/B]
The Aston Martin DB9 Volante is the convertible version of the DB9 coupe. The chassis, though stiffer, uses the same base VH platform. To protect occupants from rollovers, the Volante has strengthened the windshield pillars and added two pop-up hoops behind the rear seats. The hoops cannot be disabled and will break the car's rear window if deployed. In an effort to improve the Volante's ride while cruising, Aston Martin have softened the springs and lightened the anti-roll bars in the Volante, leading to a gentler suspension. The retractable roof of the Volante is made of folding fabric and takes 17 seconds to be put up or down. The Volante weighs 59 kilograms (130 pounds) more than the coupe.

The coupe and Volante both share the same semi-automatic and automatic gearboxes and engine. The car is limited to 266 km/h (165 mph) to retain the integrity of the roof. Like the coupe, the original Volante has 569 Nm (420 lbfft) of torque at 5,000 rpm and a maximum power of 456 PS (450 hp) at 6,000 rpm. The 0 to 97 km/h (60 mph) is slowed to 4.9 seconds due to the additional weight. On newer models, like the coupe's, the Volante's horsepower and torque have increased to 517 PS (510 hp) and 620 Nm (457 lbfft) respectively.

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cg42387 07-03-2004 08:35 PM

That has got to be the damn coolest starter button I've ever seen. Just look at the quality of this car!

Rijoh 07-16-2004 07:37 AM

I just saw one for the first time at the AM/Jag dealer. It's very beautiful, but it looks a bit too much like the Vanquish.

bigkyy464 07-25-2004 08:56 PM

yah that cars gonna be soo tight

Spastik_Roach 07-26-2004 01:06 AM

Simply gorgeous interior, especially after the disappointing, plasticky Vanquish interior.

megotmea7 08-27-2004 11:07 PM

push button transmission selection on the dash is a horrible idea however...

Matra et Alpine 08-28-2004 02:59 AM

[QUOTE=megotmea7]push button transmission selection on the dash is a horrible idea however...[/QUOTE]
Why ?
Gear selection is still done by the paddles.
Only the choice to be in Park or Drive or Reverse is on the buttons.
best to keep them seperate and avoid the going into reverse at 55mph ( which I've seen done in a Ford Taurus !! Impressed the box stood up to it !! )
I think a lever woudl ahve been worse and I suspect an upa nd down selection button would have raised the horrors of use interface BMW envountered witthe I-drive concept :)

I do agree it's a bit 'twee' and unecessary considering the Renault Auto has self-selecting auto-park. The only choice with it is Drive or Reverse. But maybe Renualt have patented it and thus stopping others being as 'smart'.

lithuanianmafia 08-28-2004 09:17 PM

mmmmmmmm, i'd die to have this car, however isn't that kinda pointless? i can't drive when I'm dead!!!!!

paul 08-29-2004 01:50 AM

na what you lot want is the new not been releaced yet dbr9 yes please that car is some quality shit its art should not be driven just admired they are only making 40 though

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