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2008 Aston Martin DB9 Review
A beautiful, fast, and luxurious sports car.
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There are many words one could use to describe the 2008 Aston Martin DB9, but one of them would definitely be beautiful. The DB9 has the exotic and powerful look that everyone wants in a sports car, and it has the aerodynamics and speed to slice through wind.
The DB9 uses the same aluminum platform as all Aston Martins do which keeps the weight down and allows better agility and less-taxed acceleration for its V-12 engine. If you want to get somewhere fast and in pure luxury, the 2008 Aston Martin DB9 makes the perfect car.
Engines: 6.0-liter V-12
Transmissions: six-speed manual, six-speed automatic
Models: Aston Martin DB9, Aston Martin DB9 Volante
The 2008 Aston Martin DB9 shows a few changes, including iPod integration, cup holders, audio controls mounted on the steering wheel, a windshield-embedded radio antenna, and an upgraded premium sound system. Satellite radio provides a new option.
The DB9 comes in coupe and convertible body styles. The convertible is known as the Volante. The body of the DB9 provides a remarkable sight with a long, sleek nose; a long, back-slanted windshield; and five-spoke wheels. It gives the appearance of a tiger about to pounce.
Standard exterior features include 19-inch wheels, rear parking sensors, HID headlights, and power heated and folding exterior mirrors. Optional exterior features include front parking sensors and a Sports Package, which includes a firmer spring, antiroll bar settings, and lighter-weight 19-inch wheels. The ride height has been reduced, which lowers the center of gravity and further reduces the chance of a body roll. A load-bearing aluminum panel replaces the composite under-tray and manages the underbody airflow while adding structural stiffness.
The interior of the 2008 Aston Martin DB9 offers masterful craftsmanship and luxury, with buttery soft leather and unique wood trim. The cockpit looks breathtaking with wood finish and an aluminum instrument panel.
It has a back seat; however, with non-existent legroom it only suits cargo or very small people. In addition, the trunk only offers six cubic feet of space, so the back seat could come in handy for storage. The Volante offers only slightly more space and a power-operated cloth top that retracts in about 17 seconds.
When sitting in the DB9, luxurious standard features surround the driver, including leather and wood trim on the center console and dash; alloy, leather, and wood trim on the doors; dual vanity mirrors; and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Other standard features include four-way passenger and eight-way adjustable driver’s seats, multi-level heating for the seats, power lumbar support, leather bucket seats, and remote power locks.
Life gets easier with all the convenience features included in the DB9, such as a front console with storage, cruise control, cup holders, door pockets, remote trunk release, a universal remote transmitter, electronic speed-proportional power steering, a 12-volt power outlet, a telescopic and tilt steering wheel, rear parking sensors, and transmission and audio controls mounted on the steering wheel.
Performance & Handling
The 2008 Aston Martin DB9’s engine is amenable when in city congestion, and its response at low rpms is amazing. Steady control and agility describe the ride quality. The DB9’s speed capabilities seem wasted on American roads, which frown on speeds in excess of 100 mph, which the coupe DB9 attains easily. However, the convertible Volante with the top down feels much softer and less rigid, resulting in excessive vibration. For this reason, the Volante better suits cruising than serious driving. Both models respond very well to braking and steering. To increase the response, the DB9 has an optional Sport Package that quite noticeably improves the steering feel and response to create a better all-around ride.
The 2008 Aston Martin DB9 comes adequately equipped with safety features such as stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes, front-seat side airbags, and rear parking sensors that come standard, plus optional front parking sensors. The Volante convertible includes standard, automatically deploying rollover hoops.
Additional safety features include fog lights, high-pressure washer headlights, emergency braking assist, and ventilated disc brakes.
EPA Fuel Economy
Aston Martin DB9 coupe manual: 11/18 mpg city/highway
Aston Martin DB9 Volante convertible automatic: 11/17 mpg city/highway
Aston Martin DB9 Volante convertible manual: 10/16 mpg city/highway
- Exotic styling
- Beautifully crafted interior
- Coupe comfortable for road trips
- Ample space for driver
You Won't Like
- Limited passenger-seat movement
- Avoiding crowds of people who want to look at your car
A beautiful, fast, and luxurious sports car.
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