Aston Martin DB9 Coupe (Gen1)2004 - 2012
Model: DB9 (2004 - 2016)
Wikipedia (DB9): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aston_Martin_DB9
(2003 - 2008)
MY2004, MY2005, MY2006, MY2007 & MY2008
The brand new DB9 made a huge impact at the 2003 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). Every UK motor magazine made the DB9 their front page feature - be in no doubt, the unveiling of the DB9 heralded the true start of a whole new era for Aston Martin. The DB9 was the first of what has become an extensive range of production and race Aston Martins to use VH architecture.
The intention was that it was to be the ‘GT’ offering’ in the fast growing AM range as it had occasional rear seats but it was also been engineered to behave like a sportscar. The car was powered by a third generation 450 bhp version of the 5.9 litre V12 developed from that in the V12 Vanquish; initially produced by Cosworth Technology in the UK, the production of which moved to the Aston Martin Engine Plant in Cologne, Germany in September 2004. The DB9 itself is built in a purpose built state of the art facility at Gaydon, Warwickshire; part of a much larger site which is also shared with other brand members of the former Premier Automotive Group (Land Rover & Jaguar) and the British Motor Industry Heritage Centre.
(2009 - 2010)
2009MY & 2010MY
In February 2008 at the Geneva Salon, AM announced the first major revision of the DB9 since it was first seen late in 2003. Externally there are only three identifying features of the 2009MY car, a new anodised aluminium five bar grille, DBS derived door mirrors and 19 inch 5 spoke alloy wheels fitted as standard from the previous DB9 Sports Pack.
Most importantly the DB9 MY2009 was fitted with a revised version of the 5.9 litre V12 engine tuned to deliver improved power and torque. Peak power of 470bhp (+20bhp) was now reached at 6,000rpm, resulting in a power to weight ratio of 267bhp per tonne (+11bhp per tonne over the original DB9). Peak torque of 600Nm was delivered at 5,000rpm. Accordingly, the quoted top speed went up to 190mph and the all important 0-60mph time improved by 0.3 seconds (to 4.6 seconds) for the Touchtronic 2 transmission, which benefited from a new valve box and integrated transmission controls to achieve quicker gear shifts. The very rare manual DB9 was also quicker to 60mph by 0.1 seconds, down to 4.6 seconds.
The 2009MY DB9 also incorporated a series of chassis developments for both the Coupe and Volante derivates. Bilstein dampers were introduced in addition to revised upper suspension arms and retuned suspension bushes to deliver improved ride quality. The highly desirable Premium Sports Pack was made available as an option early in 2010 which featured the Adaptive Damping System from the DBS. Deliveries of the revised DB9 coupe began during the second quarter of 2008 with a starting price in the UK of £113,950 with rarely specified manual transmission and £116,950 for the Touchtronic 2.
(2010 - 2012)
Mid June 2010, perhaps a little earlier that might have been expected, AM announced a revised DB9 for the 2011 model year. The car can easily be distinguished from it's predecessors by a new grille and front bumper with revised lower intakes, hexagonal-design mesh grilles, an upswept curve towards the back of the sill, clear rear light lenses (as previewed on the DB9LM), Magnum Silver meshes (also as first seen on the DB9LM) and 20-spoke diamond-turned wheels as standard (although the press picture, left, shows the new optional forged 19 inch 10 spoke diamond turned wheel), plus revised headlamp bezels.
The Adaptive Damping System, as first used on the DBS became available as standard equipment and thus the Premium Sports Pack was no longer offered as an option.
By the time the 2012MY DB9 entered production (from mid 2011), manual transmission was no longer available of the car even as an cost option. Also, in line with the new Virage, the car adopted the Garmin sat-nav and ‘beam blade’ wiper design, incorporating Bosch Aerotwin wiper blades.
The 2011/2012 MY DB9’s are considered quite rare as most buyers of the period bought either the DBS, Rapide or the latest Virage models instead. Manual transmission 2011MY DB9’s are extremely scarce indeed.
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