2009 Aston Martin DB9

  • 2009 Aston Martin DB9 Base Coupe
    • MAX MPG
      19
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      450/420
    • ENGINE
      5.9L V12
    • MSRP
      $186,450
  • 2009 Aston Martin DB9 Volante Convertible
    • MAX MPG
      19
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      450/420
    • ENGINE
      5.9L V12
    • MSRP
      $199,950
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2009 Aston Martin DB9 Review

Exemplary performance, supreme comfort, excellent engineering, meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail, as well as the latest in automobile safety.

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Overview

Aston Martin builds high-performance sports cars, and the 2009 Aston Martin DB9 makes no exception. Available as either a coupe or Volante convertible, Aston Martin’s penchant for excellence is inherent in the look and feel of the DB9.

The DB9, hand-built and expertly engineered to give drivers a thrilling ride, includes all of the latest innovations to result in a perfectly tuned, brilliantly appointed sports car that turns heads.

The Range

Body Styles: coupe and convertible
Engines: 6.0-liter V-12
Transmissions: six-speed manual, six-speed shiftable automatic
Models: Aston Martin DB9 Coupe, Aston Martin DB9 Volante

What's New

The 2009 Aston Martin DB9 gains 20 hp. The “Emotion Control Unit,"" a crystal/stainless steel key fob debuts. The suspension has been tuned to enhance ride quality; the altered automatic transmission results in smoother shifting.

Exterior

The interior of the 2009 Aston Martin DB9 has been meticulously designed to create a truly beautiful car. Aston Martin does not seem satisfied with merely an attention-seeking silhouette; it strives to create a clean and distinctive profile, with the roofline sweep; a unique rear window shape; and wide, curvaceous hindquarters. Built upon the aerospace-derived bonded aluminum VH (Vertical Horizontal) frame, its lighter weight and rigidity improves vehicle handling and overall vehicle safety. The body panels use aluminum and composite material. An aluminum hood sits above the Aston Martin grille; air intake vents aid in engine cooling. “Swan wing"" doors open up at a 12-degree angle to aid in getting in and out of the vehicle.

The use of the bonded aluminum decreases the overall weight of the DB9; curb weight for the coupe totals 3880 pounds. Its light weight results in the the DB9’s extraordinary handling.

The Volante convertible weighs a bit more. It has been fitted with automatically deployed rollover bars if sensors detect a rollover. The Volante’s soft cloth top folds under a hard tonneau cover in 17 seconds.

Interior

The 2009 Aston Martin DB9’s interior looks luxurious and elegant. The cabin comes hand-trimmed with the finest materials. The quality of the materials and the excellent workmanship make the DB9’s interior a thing of beauty.

In addition to the attractiveness of the interior, Aston Martin takes pains to make sure that the latest technological features are available. The ECU is inserted into the docking station and the engine comes to life. The navigation screen folds out of sight when you don’t need it, lessening distractions from driving. All instruments in the cluster look easy to read. Aluminum controls operate the audio system, navigation system, and Bluetooth telephone capabilities.

Performance & Handling

The DB9’s engine marks one of the best-performing engines in the market. Crafted with care and with Aston Martin’s penchant for meticulousness, the six-liter V-12 makes no exception. Eighty percent of the V-12 engine’s pulling power becomes available at only 1500 rpm, with a roar that impresses and a growl when cruising.

The six-speed manual transmission shifts easily from gear to gear, thanks to its high-capacity, twin-plate clutch. If you prefer an automatic transmission, dashboard-mounted buttons replace the typical gear lever. If you want to use the transmission in manual mode, the shift paddles mounted behind the steering wheel provide F-1 style gear changes for the 2009 Aston Martin DB9.

Safety

Standard safety equipment includes the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), ABS, adaptive shock absorbers, and airbags. If the system detects loss of grip, systems work to help keep the 2009 Aston Martin DB9 stable and balanced. The Bilstein continuously adaptive damping system includes specifically tuned shock absorbers. Greater ride comfort is achieved in “Normal"" mode; “Sport"" mode provides better handling and control during dynamic driving. In each mode, five different sets of ride and handling characteristics maintain precise control at all times. The system automatically adjusts to the appropriate setting according to information from sensors monitoring the throttle, brakes, steering rack, and vehicle speed.

EPA Fuel Economy

Aston Martin DB9, manual: 12/19 mpg in city/highway
Aston Martin DB9, automatic: 13/19 mpg in city/highway

You'll Like

  • Superior craftsmanship
  • V-12 engine
  • Excellent handling
  • Automatic transmission

You Won't Like

  • Difficult rear entry and exit
  • No legroom in back seat
  • Too few seat adjustments

Sum Up

Exemplary performance, supreme comfort, excellent engineering, meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail, as well as the latest in automobile safety.

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