2007 Aston Martin DB9
2007 Aston Martin DB9 Specifications
|Brakes F/R:||ABS, vented disc/vented disc|
|Tires F-R:||235/40 - 275/35 ZR19|
|Driveline:||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Displacement cu in (cc):||362 (5935)|
|Power bhp (kW) at RPM:||450(331) / 6000|
|Torque lb-ft (Nm) at RPM:||420(570) / 5000|
|Redline at RPM:||n.a.|
|Length × Width × Height in:||183.2 Ã— 73.1 Ã— 51.4|
|Weight lb (kg):||3769 (1710)|
|Acceleration 0-62 mph s:||4.7|
|Top Speed mph (km/h):||186 (300)|
|Fuel Economy EPA city/highway mpg (l/100 km):||n.a.|
Base Price: 2007 Aston Martin DB9 - $169,750 / 144,000 € (last update: 5/16/2007)
DB9 Introduces New Era for Aston Martin
Launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show on Tuesday, 9th September 2003, the Aston Martin DB9, became the first car to be produced at the company's modern facility in Gaydon, Warwickshire.
The innovative DB9 began an exciting new era for Aston Martin as it took on a fresh direction with new models.
Using a radical new aluminum bonded frame, the 2+2 DB9 remains one of the most sophisticated and technically advanced sports cars in the world. It successfully balances the attributes of a sports car with features normally found in luxury cars.
The Aston Martin DB9 is a modern interpretation of a traditional Aston Martin sports car, representing a contemporary version of classic DB design elements and characteristics.
In true Aston Martin tradition, the DB9 reflects the company's reputation for superb styling and continues a long history of beautiful sports cars. Key traditional Aston Martin features incorporated into the DB9 include the distinctive grille, side strakes and clean, crisp, uncluttered lines.
Aston Martins are not edgy cars - they don't have sharp surfaces or pronounced power domes. The bodywork is elegant and gently curved, with the side profile being very clean, with a single-sweep roofline. There is a pronounced boot - a noticeable feature of the DB4 and DB5 - and the haunches on the rear wings are wide and curvaceous.
A great deal of time was spent on detailing,. In particular, focus was placed on cutting down fuss. There are very few cut or shut lines. Each of the headlamps is set in a single aperture in the front wing.
There is no separate nose cone, another typical source of sports car design fussiness. The aluminum bonnet runs all the way to the leading edge of the car. This accentuates the length of the bonnet and the power of the car, all front cut lines emanate from the grille.
The DB9 has the best quality and most luxurious cabin in the 2+2 sports car class. As with the exterior, the design is simple and elegant and a premium quality look and feel impress upon the driver.
The latest technology is also essential, and that's exactly what the DB9 customer gets, but in an Aston Martin, the technology is aimed at increasing the driving pleasure. There are no computer gimmicks. Aluminum is used for door handles, on the dashboard, in the instrument cluster, and for some trim panels. The most distinctive use of aluminum is probably in the instruments. The dials are made from aluminum, and are of noticeable 'three dimensional' design. They are flood lit, not back lit - making them especially attractive and clear at night.
There is a wide range of leather colors, supplied by Bridge of Weir in Scotland. In addition, a customer may specify their own choice of color. The hides are particularly soft and supple. The leather skins the seats and is used widely throughout the rest of the cabin.
The driver's first interaction with the V12 engine rests in the dashboard with the clear glass starter button. Unlike most car starter buttons which are plastic the glass adds class to the cabin inviting the driver with a deep red glow to start the engine.
"When you're attempting to build the world's greatest 2+2 sports car - and that's certainly the goal for the DB9 - there really is no substitute for a V12," says Aston Martin's Chief Powertrain Engineer Brian Fitzsimons. "Aston Martin's V12 is acknowledged as one of the best in the world, so was a very good starting point."
The engine is developed from the V12 used in the Vanquish. The advanced quad-cam 48-valve engine has been designed by Aston Martin engineers in partnership with Ford's RVT (Research and Vehicle Technology), and is unique to Aston Martin.
The crankshaft is new, as are the camshafts, inlet and exhaust manifolds, the lubrication system and engine management. The result is more low-down torque and a more seamless power delivery. Maximum power is 450 bhp and maximum torque 420 lb-ft. Even more impressive, 80 percent of that maximum torque is available at only 1500 rpm.
"This car will overtake in any gear, at any revs, more or less any time. It really is that good," says Brian.