Hot on the heels of its new flagship, the Vanquish, Aston Martin has revealed a heavily updated DB9 Coupe and Volante. There’s a new design and more power, and we had a chance to see the cars ourselves in a private studio.
If you think you recognise the DB9, that’s because you do. It is essentially a rebadged Virage, a model that will cease production immediately, having sold just 1,089 worldwide. Aston admits that the gap the Virage sat in between the old DB9 and DBS wasn’t as big as it thought.
There are some subtle changes to the Virage, though. The boot lip spoiler is more pronounced to reduce rear-end lift, while an exterior carbon pack is also now offered, which adds a carbon front splitter and rear diffuser, carbon wing mirrors and dark tailpipes.
The Virage’s higher-spec interior is carried over, including glass switchgear and intricately stitched leather. Lightweight carbon fibre and Kevlar sport seats can be ordered, but only if customers forgo rear seats.
Under the bonnet, there’s a detuned version of the Vanquish’s 6.0-litre V12, producing 510bhp, which is 20bhp more than in the Virage and 40bhp more than the outgoing DB9. The 0-62mph sprint takes 4.6 seconds – 0.2 seconds less than the old DB9 – and Aston says that fuel economy is around 20mpg, a 10 per cent improvement.
Aston’s latest Adaptive Damping System is fitted with three settings increasing in stiffness: Normal, Sport and Track. In Normal mode, the DB9 is slightly softer than the Virage.
Full pricing is not yet confirmed, but the Coupe will start from £131,995. That’s £3,845 more than the old DB9 and £18,000 less than the Virage Coupe.