The Aston Martin DB dates all the way back to 1948, when David Brown bought the British automaker and christened the DB1 with his initials. The model became iconic when a DB5 starred as James Bond's gadget-laden ride in Goldfinger, but disappeared from the the Aston Martin line-up between the early seventies and early nineties.
The DB9 replaced the DB7 in 2005. (Aston Martin skipped the DB8 name to avoid confusion about the V12's cylinder number.) After a few minor facelifts in 2008 and 2011, the DB9 received a more significant overhaul for 2013.
Aston Martin calls the 2013 DB9 an "all-new" model, but the differences between 2012 and 2013 models are rather subtle, essentially incorporating features from the discontinued Virage. The latest DB9 has a more pronounced flip-style spoiler on the trunk lid, and a lower, wider stance.
Under the hood of this sexy sports car lays a 6-liter V12 that cranks out 510 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque. A rear-mid-mounted Touchtronic 2 six-speed transmission delivers power to a limited-slip rear end with a 3.46-to-1 drive ratio. This setup delivers a top speed of 183 mph and a 0 to 62 mph sprint of 4.6 seconds.
The DB9 can be ordered as a coupe or a convertible.
The base DB9 coupe is just as well-equipped as you would expect car that costs nearly $200,000 car to be. Standard features include: carbon ceramic matrix rotors for great stopping power, minimal brake fade and a lower unsprung weight; an adaptive damping system to select dial in suspension settings; 20-inch alloy wheels; rain-sensing wipers; full-grain leather upholstery; a leather-wrapped steering wheel; and a 700-watt Aston Martin premium audio system with a six-disc CD changer and Dolby Pro Logic II surround sound.
The DB9 Volante is a convertible version of the DB9 coupe, and otherwise shares its specifications.
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