Aston Martin DB9 History
In 1994, Aston Martin revived the DB line with the popular DB7. The DB7 enjoyed nearly a decade-long run before ultimately being replaced by the DB9 in 2004. The initials "DB" actually stand for David Brown, who owned Aston Martin for a significant part of the company's history. The DB9, as its name would suggest, is the ninth model to be emblazoned with the initials DB, and Mr. Brown would certainly be proud of the DB9, as it is unquestionably one of the sleekest sports cars.
Like the DB7 before it, the DB9 has been available as both a coupe and a convertible ever since it was first introduced in 2004. Both versions are powered by massive V-12 engines that were borrowed from the DB9's sister model, the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish. It is because of the car's V-12 engine that the DB9 was not called DB8, as the number eight might have suggested that the car was merely equipped with a V-8 engine.
Aston Martin DB9 Features
The DB9 maintains the classic Aston Martin style that brings the various models of DBs driven by Roger Moore and Sean Connery to mind. Yet the DB9 is a thoroughly modern affair, built on a high-tech aluminum platform.
The six-liter V-12 that powers the DB9 is capable of generating 470 horsepower and producing 443 lb-ft of torque. The car comes with the option of either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission, both of which are located at the rear transaxle to enable better distribution of weight.
The DB9 is available in either a 2+2 coupe or convertible body style. The car boasts a healthy list of options and offers a wide array of customizable color options. The Volante convertible edition has a softtop available in seven different colors, and the interior leather is available in a myriad of shades.
Both DB9 models come with standard 19-inch wheels, xenon headlights, and ample leather interior trim. Technological features include an onboard navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity, and an audio system equipped with a six-CD changer, satellite radio, and iPod docking capability.
While the current DB9 might offer 1960s Aston Martin style and the interior comforts of an English club room, make no mistake about it – the DB9 was built to perform. The car's massive engine offers near-effortless acceleration, and the steering and brakes are responsive without being jumpy. The DB9 also offers a better-balanced ride than previous models, thanks to a new adaptive suspension.
The 2012 DB9 offers fuel economy of 13/20 MPG city/highway. Additional features include stability control and traction control, as well as eight-way power driver seats, passenger seats with adjustable lumbar support, bucket front seats, and side curtain airbags. Convenience features for the 2012 DB9 include cruise control, front cup holders, remote trunk release, front and rear parking sensors, and tilt and telescopic steering wheel.
If you're in the market for a high-end exotic sports car that offers all the comforts of a British gentlemen's club, the DB9 is certainly the car for you. After all, despite what the title of a certain Bond film may tell you, you only live once.
Aston Martin DB9 Products and Technology
The DB9 was introduced in 2004 and became widely available in 2005. Early models produced between 2005 and 2008 have interior controls that are less ergonomic than more recent models. This makes adjusting the climate and stereo more of a distraction. Also, navigation controls on models produced before 2008 consist of lower-quality switchgear.
Newer models also feature revised suspensions that provide for a smoother ride than earlier models of the DB9. Other drawbacks to earlier editions include rougher shifting capabilities. Prior to 2007, the DB9 was only available with an automatic transmission.
In 2011, active dampers were added to the DB9. These provided the car with added spring and handling. However, for models prior to the 2011, an optional Sports Pack was available that provided the same features along with shock and anti-roll bar settings.