2013 DB9 - La Bella Vita

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    2013 DB9 - La Bella Vita

    2013 Aston Martin DB9 Coupe and Volante
    More muscle and revised hardware lurk below reworked styling.
    September 2012 BY AUSTIN LINDBERG

    The previous-gen DB9 churned out 470 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque from its 5.9-liter V-12. The AM11 engine now adds dual variable valve timing, larger throttle bodies, and a new fuel pump, and also gets a revised block, machined cylinders, and a new intake manifold. The result is 510 hp and 457 lb-ft from the same displacement, all fed to a rear-mounted six-speed automatic transaxle via a torque-tube-encased carbon-fiber driveshaft. A limited-slip differential is standard. Sixty-two mph is said to be achieved in 4.6 seconds, and top speed is listed at 183 mph.

    The V-12’s output now equals that of the outgoing DBS, a car that was replaced this year by the Vanquish. The so-called “Gen 4” VH architecture was developed for the Vanquish, and the DB9 benefits not only from its attendant engine upgrades, but also the latest iteration of Aston’s adaptive-damping system. The suspension can be set to Normal, Sport, and Track modes, varying stiffness and response. Aston’s latest GT also adds standard carbon-ceramic Brembo brake discs—15.7 inchers in the front, 14.2’s in the rear—that the company claims weigh about 28 pounds less versus the previous steel units; this should help steering response and feel. The calipers (also supplied by Brembo) actuate via six pistons up front and four in the back. You’re probably thinking that the boosted output and improved chassis components make the Virage superfluous; Aston Martin clearly agrees, as it has ceased production of that model “with immediate effect.”
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    2013 Aston Martin DB9 - First Look
    Aston stirs, but doesn’t shake, the DB9 coupe and convertible.
    By Nick Kurczewski September 18, 2012

    Don't Mess With a Good Thing

    The shape of the DB9 might have grown familiar these past few years, but that doesn’t make it any less stunning. Aston has gently revised the exterior, without making any wild changes that would alter the balance and proportions. The front fascia includes a wider lower grille that feeds air to a (now standard) carbon-ceramic braking system. Measuring 398mm front and 360mm at the rear, these brakes are said to be approximately 27.5 lbs. lighter than their cast iron equivalent. The DB9’s front grille has also been changed to more closely resemble the one found on the British automaker’s limited-production One-77 supercar.
    Aston has incorporated what it calls a “light catcher” into the exterior design. This ridge runs from the lower front bumper and along the sills, giving the DB9 a more chiseled look – and apparently one that catches more light, we guess. At the back, there is a more pronounced lip spoiler at the edge of the trunk, and the exhaust pipes and rear diffuser have also been modified. The price of the Aston Martin DB9 coupe starts at $185,400 and deliveries are scheduled to begin this November.
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    I wish Aston Martin would get more progressive in their designs again. The basic design hasn't changed in almost a decade now. Try something a little more dynamic. Even the new Vanquish could've used a bit more forward thinking. Still a gorgeous car, I say.

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