As we know a new generation of Aston Martin DB9 is under development and will arrive sometime in 2013, so until then we get the same DB9 that’s been with us since 2003, only with mild updated every year to remain fresh. And here’s the 2011MY Aston DB9 which according to the company has received the most significant upgrade since the car’s debut.
The new DB9 comes with new enhancements in terms of styling, engineering and equipments. As for the looks, there’s a new front bumper, bright finish radiator grille and a re-shaped lower intake featuring bright hexagonal mesh, as well as new headlight bezels, re-styled sills, silver brake calipers, 20-spoke diamond turned alloy wheels and clear rear light lenses complete the external revisions.
However, for an uninterested eye these changes are hardly noticeable and the car looks exactly the same as before! But that’s ok because we still can’t think any other car more beautiful than the DB9.
The highlight of 2011 DB9 is the addition of a new Adaptive Damping System (ADS). Available as standard for both Coupe and Volante (convertible), this system offers enhanced ride comfort together with sharper handling when switched to Sport mode. The car can be had with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard or optional ‘Touchtronic 2’ six-speed automatic transmission
Other new additions include tyre pressure monitoring system, a revised Bluetooth microphone system and the Double Apex alloy finish trim. As usual you can spec the car up with Bang & Olufsen hi-fi options.
The new Aston DB9 will go on sale in UK from July, starting at £122,445 for the DB9 Coupe and £131,445 for the DB9 Volante.
For Dr Ulrich Bez, Aston Martin’s Chief Executive, the DB9 remains a very special car: “The DB9 is the quintessential sporting grand tourer and offers an unrivalled combination of driver involvement, character, luxury and refinement. This car combines our unique Aston Martin character with an uncompromised design philosophy, craftsmanship and trademark Aston Martin performance ability.”
Aston Martin’s Product Development Director, Ian Minards, explains that it is all part of an ongoing commitment to continual improvement: “The DB9 was the first car built at Gaydon adopting the VH architecture. It has evolved every year since, with significant changes including a power upgrade and successive reductions in CO2 emissions. The latest package of improvements goes further than ever, highlighting the DB9’s qualities as a true sporting GT and underlining its role as the backbone car of our range.”