2016 Aston Martin DB9 GT
The Aston Martin DB9 GT is a four-seat grand tourer that charms with its supremely elegant styling, bespoke interior and sonorous twelve-cylinder motor. Though there are certainly more powerful and better-driving exotic coupes on the market, the DB9's timeless lines and impeccably appointed cabin set it apart.
First launched in 2004, the DB9 is also available in drop-top Volante form.
Updated for the latest model year, the DB9 GT gains a more powerful engine, a slightly revised front fascia and a new infotainment system.
Although the basic look of the exterior, including its classic proportions and graceful stance, remained all but unchanged as part of the recent update, there are several fresh details that distinguish the DB9 GT from its predecessor. It gains revised lights on both ends, a sprinkling of black trim, and 20-inch alloy wheels.
Underneath its hood, DB9 boasts the latest version of Aston Martin's proven 5.9-liter V12 engine. Essentially a detuned version of the Vanquish supercar's mill, the DB9's unit serves up 540 horsepower -- 30 more than the outgoing model -- along with 457 lb-ft of torque. The zero-to-sixty mph sprint is achieved in the low-four-second range.
The engine mates exclusively to a six-speed automatic transmission that shifts smoothly but more slowly than the dual clutch boxes used by many of the DB9's rivals. Aston Martin recently eliminated the more sporting manual transmission option; those looking for a proper three-pedal gearbox will have to settle for either the V8 or V12 Vantage.
The DB9 continues to utilize Aston Martin's flexible and lightweight "Vertical/Horizontal" architecture, which is constructed from aluminum. The suspension was recently optimized for improved handling and includes an active damping system with Comfort and Sport modes. Even with the latter engaged, the ride remains compliant and there's more body roll than would be found in a true sports car. However, the handling is pleasantly responsive overall.
Inside, the DB9 is simply sumptuous, with soft leather, alloy trim and other high-quality materials covering nearly every surface. The tasteful dashboard layout hasn't changed much since the car's introduction, although the climate and entertainment system controls were recently redesigned for greater ease of use. A wide variety of different leather, wood and carbon fiber options can be specified, and color choices are also nearly infinite. There's plenty of room for the driver and passenger up front, but the rear seats are for extremely small children only.
Standard and Optional Features
Standard features include leather upholstery, a navigation system, a premium AM/FM/CD sound system with AUX and USB input jacks, heated front seats, front and rear parking sensors, Bluetooth connectivity, a trunk-mounted umbrella, xenon headlights and 19-inch alloy wheels.
Besides an available Bang & Olufsen surround-sound system, there's also a small galaxy of exterior and interior color schemes and interior trim options to choose from.
All Aston Martin DB9 models come standard with dual front, dual side and full-length side curtain airbags in addition to traction and stability control systems and electronic brakeforce distribution.
The DB9 GT faces competition from powerful yet luxury-oriented grand tourers like the Bentley Continental GT, the Maserati GranTurismo S and the Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe. Each possesses a distinct character derived from its country of origin, and discerning individuals with sufficient means are highly encouraged to simply purchase all four.