In production since 2004, the Aston Martin DB9 is classified as a grand tourer and is available as either a convertible or a coupe. It succeeded the DB7 and holds the distinction of being the first car to be built at the car manufacturer’s Gaydon facility. Designed by Henrik Fisker and Ian Callum, the DB9 sports a body made largely out of aluminum. Aston Martin Racing has turned to using the DB9, developing the DBR9 and DBRS9 for the FIA GT1 and FIA GT3. Following the VH platform and using a 6.0-litre V12 engine, the standard DB9 is capable of top speeds of 183mph and can go from 0 to 60mph within 4.1 seconds.
Step inside an Aston Martin DB9 and you’ll see a credit to the original stylists of the vehicle since there’s very little changed in the interior. But despite revamping next to nothing, the DB9 still looks interesting and fresh, which is what you’d expect given its price.
This Aston is beautiful to handle, with good grip and excellent balance. The vehicle may have some unnecessary use of space but weight distribution is superb so you don’t feel like you’re clunking along on a big car. It is also very poised and accurate even if electronics are turned off and you reach the limits of your tyres. Different modes are available but the car’s suspension is ideal for British back roads by default. The electric steering system in place also helps improve fuel economy for the DB9 over time.
With the VH platform, the Aston Martin DB9 enjoys great flexibility. The platform is very adaptive, after all, having been used on two other vehicles that are very much different from each other. Unfortunately, the VH platform uses space inefficiently. And with the unnecessary use of space, heft is inevitably added. Given that the DB9 is mostly made of aluminum, it still weighs about the same as an Audi A8 or a Jaguar XJ.
The DB9 is indeed a beauty inside but function is entirely a different matter. For starters, the driving position is not ideal for taller drivers, with very little movement in the rear seats possible and steering wheel adjustment so limited it might as well not be available. Dials look pretty but are hard to read and the centre stack is nothing but confusing. If the speed readout wasn’t digital you won’t be able to tell really how fast you’re going. Buttons are tiny, made worse by poor labeling, and the navigation system is next to unusable.
There’s not much boot space to go on at just 186 litres so you might be wondering where all that extra space was used. if you opt for the Volante, you’ll even have less boot space to work with because 14 litres will be taken away. It doesn’t sound much but 14 litres can be a lot when you have less than 200 litres of boot space available to you. Rear seats do nothing to help ease this problem too, which can be very frustrating.
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