Aston Martin’s readying itself for its biggest auto-show debut ever in Detroit – the new Rapide, a four-door concept based on the V/H architecture that fathered the DB9, bows on Monday, January 9th. The Aston Martin DB9 offers some redesigned interior elements and an upgraded infotainment system for 2008.
The DB9 is powered by a 6.0-liter V-12 engine that generates 450 horsepower. Competitors include the Ferrari F430 and Lamborghini Gallardo. Either a conventional six-speed manual gearbox or a button-controlled six-speed automatic, called Touchtronic II, can be installed. The DB9 was the first car to be hand-built at a new state-of-the-art facility in Gaydon, England. In addition to the coupe, a Volante convertible is also offered.
Recent revisions added more cabin stowage, coat hooks, rear parking sensors, cruise control, heated front seats, power-folding side mirrors, an umbrella, a navigation system and, for 2008, Bluetooth connectivity.
The 2008 Aston Martin DB9 ranks 2 out of 4 Exotic Sports Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of 30 published reviews and test drives of the Aston Martin DB9, and our analysis of reliability and safety data.
The DB9 offers 2+2 seating that features Bridge of Weir leather. Walnut, mahogany or bamboo wood trim is available. To start the engine, the driver must press a clear glass button. The tachometer dial runs counterclockwise and has no redline. Instead, a red warning symbol appears at various engine speeds, depending on ambient temperature and engine mileage.
The side strakes – an Aston Martin DB signature – are made from metal. The door handles are flush with the body opening the unique ‘swan wing’ doors, which rise at a 12-degree angle for improved access.
There are no visible gutters on the roof panel, and no visible drain channels at the front or rear windscreens. Nor are there any plastic ‘dressing’ plates.
The DB9 is the first car to be produced at Aston’s modern facility in Gaydon, Warwickshire. It is also the first car to use the company’s VH [Vertical Horizontal] architecture.