|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2013 Aston Martin DB9
|Coupe||5.9L V12||RWD||6A||4.1 sec||12.4 sec @ 115.7 mph||13/19/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
2006 Aston Martin DB9
|Coupe||5.9L V12||RWD||6A||4.6 sec||12.9 sec @ 112.6 mph||11/18/11.1 mpg||Motor Trend|
2005 Aston Martin DB9
|Coupe||5.9L V12||RWD||6A||4.5 sec||12.9 sec @ 112 mph||11/18/11 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Coupe||5.9L V12||RWD||6A||4.8 sec||13.2 sec @ 111 mph||11/18/12 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Coupe||5.9L V12||RWD||6A||4.8 sec||13.2 sec @ 110 mph||11/18/---- mpg||Motor Week|
|Coupe||5.9L V12||RWD||6A||4.8 sec||13.2 sec @ 110 mph||11/18/12 mpg||Road & Track|
About Aston Martin DB9
It’s not hard not to feel like a king when you own or drive an Aston Martin DB9. In fact, even if you’re just a passenger you’ll probably get that heady feeling of somehow being among the chosen. Maybe even just standing beside it in person, and being able to see it with your own eyes, may seem like some sort of blessing.
That’s been the effect of the DB9 ever since it was launched back in 2003. It seems right though, since it carries the much-hallowed DB appellation. This is, after all, the car of James Bond, and in the 1950s and 60s (and after it was resurrected in the mid-90s), cars with “DB” in their name are some of the most strikingly beautiful cars in the world which can perform admirably as well.
Now the new 2014 model carries the burden of exemplifying the past of Aston Martin, while it also represents its future as well. And it carries that burden easily.
The Look of the DB9
Check out a thesaurus for synonyms of the word “beautiful”, and you’ll find that most of them have been used by experts and owners the world over for the DB9. It’s not just merely “pretty” or “attractive”. It’s downright gorgeous.
The DB9 hasn’t changed much in its looks over the years, but it has evolved subtly nonetheless. Still, the fluidity of its lines tends to encourage fans to quote poetry in their appreciation. Its sleek styling speaks of undeniable elegance, while also hinting at the vast power underneath its hood.
Objectively speaking, quite a few cars out there outperform the DB9, and they don’t look half-bad either. But since the performance of the DB9 is good enough, the stunning exterior will make you choose this particular car over all the rest (assuming you can afford it.)
But you actually have a choice of sorts to make. You can get the 2+2 coupe, or you can choose the convertible, which is also known as the Volante.
Let’s take a look at some of the numbers instead, and see if we can be objective.
- It’s powered by a 6-liter V12, which is the reason why this successor to the DB7 wasn’t called the DB8. Some people may get it into their heads that it’s powered by a puny V8 engine.
- Instead, the V12 provides it with a rather satisfying 510 horsepower at 6,500 rpm. It also offers 457 pound-feet of torque at 5,500 rpm.
- That kind of power ought to be enough for its curb weight, which is at least 3,935 pounds although it can balloon to 4,058 pounds.
- You just need 4.1 seconds to go from standstill to 60 miles per hour
- It runs on a rear wheel drive with a 6-gear automatic transmission.
- The stated fuel economy is 13 mpg for city driving, 19 mpg on the highway, and 15 mpg combined.
- The base price is $185,400 which isn’t really bad when you consider that you’re getting a work of art which can go really, really, fast. Options you may want to go for include 20-inch 10-spoke graphite diamond turned wheels ($4,545), an exterior carbon package ($9,090), and a BeoSound audio system ($8,330).
Admittedly, the price makes it inaccessible for the vast majority of us, but then again we can’t all be kings.
Driving the Aston Martin DB9
On the road, you have three modes to choose from: normal, sport, and track. You’ll probably just let it stay in normal mode, since you won’t actually feel any difference at all unless you really push it hard.
In general, it’s quite comfy inside, and the seats do put you squarely in the right place. The seats at the back aren’t really good for anything except really small kids or extra space for your bags.
But if you do try to push the DB9 hard, you’ll be aptly rewarded. This is, after all, a sports car, and it’s meant to go fast. That’s what it does best in a straight line, and it’s not bad at all in twisting roads. The steering is quite precise, and the paddle shifters change the gears immediately. The tires hold on to the road, and the carbon ceramic brakes perform brilliantly with no fade.
And of course, part of the appeal of driving a DB9 is seeing all the amazed and admiring glances thrown your way. If you’re a guy, other guys will want to be you. Women, on the other hand, may be intrigued enough to even notice you…
You don’t just give the DB name (which actually stands for the initials of David Brown who owned the company for an important part of its history) to just any Aston Martin car. But this is a truly worthy success to the vaunted DB9 lineup, and today it best represents what Aston Martin is capable of.
For more information about Aston Martin DB9, visit the official Aston Martin website.
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