The Aston Martin DB9 was introduced in 2003 as an updated continuation of the long-popular DB7. This two-door sports coupe boasts a powerful V-12 engine, wrapped in a lightweight aluminum body that Aston Martin describes as ""radical."" The convertible Volante made its debut in 2004 with a specially engineered design that’s more than just the basic coupe with the top rolled back. In true British style, it provides a controlled, refined experience – although it’s certainly not unexciting. There is a wealth of thrills packed under the hood with equal amounts of luxury to be found in the cabin. This isn’t a particularly daring car, but it does have plenty of passion and power to keep any experience driver satisfied.
Body styles: coupe, convertible
Engines: 5.9-liter V-12
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: Aston Martin DB9, Aston Martin DB9 Volante
The 2005 Aston Martin DB9 is all new in 2005, serving as a replacement for the popular DB7, which met its end due to more stringent safety standards. The new DB9 holds on to all the classic, hand-fashioned design features that are characteristic of Aston Martin vehicles. But under the fancy exterior, a number of high-tech upgrades have been made. The new aluminum structure carries a perfect 50/50 front/rear weight distribution, thanks to the front-midship placement of the V-12 engine, and the transmission being moved to the rear axle. The DB9 has a lower center of gravity than its predecessor with overall better control. A new convertible model also makes its debut this year.
The 2005 DB9 boasts an elegantly simple exterior design with minimal cut lines, and a long aluminum hood the curves gracefully down into the classic DB grille. The car’s body is constructed from aluminum and other lightweight composites. A full-length undertray minimizes lift and drag. Even though the DB9’s body is 25 percent lighter than its predecessor, the DB7, Aston Martin claims that the DB9 offers twice the structural rigidity. For buyers who want some open-air excitement along with their high-speed thrills, the Volante convertible models offer a soft top that automatically folds under a hard tonneau cover in just 17 seconds. Additional standard exterior features include a front air dam, alloy wheels, power windows, power adjustable and heated exterior mirrors, and a rear window defogger. A full size spare tire is optional, and a wind deflector is also optional on the convertible.
The 2005 Aston Martin DB9 provides seating for four occupants, although headroom and legroom in the rear is severely limited. However, the front seats provide a good amount of room for such a snug cockpit. The front fenders cannot be seen from the cabin, which is something of an inconvenience, although the view from the rear window is pretty good. The decadent leather upholstery is available in 20 different colors, while the wood trim can be had in walnut, mahogany, or bamboo. The list of standard interior equipment for all models includes a tachometer, tilt steering, steering wheel-mounted controls, a trip computer, air-conditioning, and power adjustable front seats. The 950-watt 10-speaker music system is developed by the British firm Linn, and includes a radio, CD changer, and optional subwoofer. Additional options include a navigational system, heated front seats, a tire pressure monitor, leather steering wheel, and cruise control.
Performance & Handling
The 2005 Aston Martin DB9 is powered by Aston Martin’s impressive 6.0-liter, V-12 engine, which produces a truly admirable 450 horsepower. The ZF drive-by-wire six-speed automatic transmission does not include a traditional gear lever; it switches between Drive, Park, Reverse, and Neutral with the press of a button. The Touchtronic manual mode provides shifting through paddles mounted behind the steering wheel. A traditional Graziano six-speed manual gearbox is also available. When it comes to handling, it is hard to beat. It takes to any road with a passion that far surpasses most other sports cars. It tackles curves with confidence and enthusiasm, and the suspension sticks close to the contours of the road. Overall, ride comfort is good.
The 2005 Aston Martin DB9 provides anti-lock brakes for either two or four wheels as standard equipment with electronic brake assist, traction control, and a vehicle stability control system. Front side airbags are provided in all models, but no second-row airbags are offered. Also included on the list of standard safety features are power windows and door locks, keyless entry, and a vehicle anti-theft system. An electronic parking aid and first aid kit are both optional for all DB9 models. It has not undergone safety testing by either the NHTSA or the IIHS.
EPA Fuel Economy
Aston Martin DB9: 11/18 mpg city/highway
Aston Martin DB9 Volante: 11/17 mpg city/highway
- Powerful V-12 engine
- Sleek design
- Interior wood finishes
- High-tech chassis
- Unique British personality
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- Performance doesn’t match Porsche or Ferrari
A British classic of opulent style and powerful performance.
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