While it’s considered one of the best-looking cars money can buy, the 2011 Aston Martin D89 British sports also car very drives well. When listening to the engine, a 5.9-liter V-12 that revs up for action, is music to the car enthusiast’s ears. The DB9 easily transitions from sports car to commuter vehicle, matching your driving needs at any moment.
Body Styles: Coupe, Convertible
Engines: 5.9-liter V-12
Transmissions: six-speed manual, six-speed paddle-shifted automatic
Models: DB9 Coupe, DB9 Volante
Although 2011 brought the most changes since the introduction of the DB9 in 2004, you'll need to look closely to be able to notice them. Subtle changes in the front fascia, grille work, side sills, and headlamp bezels, and the addition of diamond-turned 20-inch wheels comprise the exterior changes that Aston Martin brought to the DB9. Mechanically, the only significant change is the addition of an Active Damping System with Comfort and Sport settings.
The 2011 Aston Martin DB9 is considered by many to be a work of art. It is well-proportioned and has a ground-hugging stance. The car exhibits an attention to detail that is decidedly Aston Martin. It isn't a flashy sports car, but is more of a quiet beauty. The new front bumper compliments the new bright finish of the radiator grille. The exterior colors available are near limitless, with Aston Martin offering a wide variety of choices plus the option to match any other manufacturer's exterior color offering.
You can find soft leather, wood, piano black alloy trim, and sophisticated comfort in the interior of the 2011 Aston Martin DB9. A central LCD screen teamed with easily understood buttons combine to create a user-friendly and nice-looking interface; much improved over the first DB9. However, there is room for improvement when it comes to the navigation system and the electroluminescent gauges, which rotate in opposite directions. The speedometer is also difficult to read; luckily, there is a digital speedometer in the trip computer that can be used as a backup.
Driver comfort is not a problem. There is generous legroom and headroom for taller drivers. The passenger seat is four-way adjustable and not quite as comfortable, but it is by far better than the back seats. Trunk space is sufficient, but not overly generous. Outward visibility is better than many cars in this class. The Volante model's visibility is not quite as good as the base, which is understandable for a convertible, and its wind buffeting can get annoying.
Standard interior equipment includes heated front seats with memory function, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth®, a hard-drive-based navigation system, battery deactivation switch for extended parking, rear-parking sensors, cruise control, automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a premium audio system with six-CD changer with an auxiliary audio jack, an iPod/USB audio interface, and satellite radio. A wind deflector is standard on the Volante convertible model. You'll also find front reading lights, dual vanity mirrors, storage pockets, and cup holders on both models to make your ride more comfortable and convenient.
Performance & Handling
Handling is very good in the 2011 Aston Martin DB9. The 5.9-liter V-12 kicks out 470 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque. Your choice of a six-speed manual or Touchtronic six-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission offers you the opportunity to shift the DB9's driving style.
The handling is enhanced with the addition of an Adaptive Damping System, which is an improvement in the 2011 model over previous year models. A center console button allows you a choice between comfort and sport modes.
Aston Martin estimates that the V-12 will accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. Overall, the DB9 delivers a comfortable and spacious ride with better-than-average handling.
Anti-lock brakes with brake assist, traction and stability control, front side airbags to protect head and torso, and rear parking sensors are the basic standard safety features on the 2011 Aston Martin DB9. The Volante comes standard with automatically deploying rollover bars. Xenon high-intensity headlights and front foglights make driving in less than ideal weather conditions a bit safer. Aston Martin has also included a tire pressure monitoring system.
EPA Fuel Economy
DB9: 11/17 mpg city/highway
DB9 Volante: 11/17 mpg city/highway
- Beautiful styling
- V-12 power
- Smooth transmission
- Comfortable cabin for road trips
You Won't Like
- Poor navigation system
- Wind buffeting in Volante convertible
Beauty, style, and surprising comfort for road trips.
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