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By Cars.com Staff
February 17, 2010
Vehicle Overview The Aston Martin DB9 comes in coupe and convertible (Volante) forms and is powered by a 6.0-liter V-12 engine that generates 470 horsepower. Competitors include the Ferrari F430 and Lamborghini Gallardo.
New for 2010 There are no significant changes for 2010.
Exterior A long aluminum hood sits above a familiar Aston Martin grille, and there are side strakes on the front quarter panels. The DB9's rear haunches are wide and curvaceous, and its profile features a prominent trunk. "Swan wing" doors rise at a 12-degree angle for easier access.
Aluminum and lightweight composite body panels
Magnesium steering column and inner doorframe
Volante's fabric top folds underneath a hard tonneau cover that sits flush with the bodywork
Sensors can detect a potential rollover and deploy a roll bar (Volante)
Aston Martin says the windshield pillars can withstand twice the car's body weight
Front parking sensors; rear sensors are optional
LEDs in the door handles illuminate for easy location at night
Interior The DB9 offers 2+2 seating that features leather with walnut, mahogany, piano black, Tamo Ash or bamboo trim. A center console constructed from die-cast zinc has a painted silver finish. 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.
Optional satellite radio
Standard audio system with 700 watts
Available Bang & Olufsen stereo
Multilingual information system includes Russian, Greek and Chinese
Under the Hood The DB9's 6.0-liter V-12 produces 470 hp and 443 pounds-feet of torque. Aston Martin says the DB9 can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds.
ZF six-speed automatic transmission with magnesium paddle shifters
Available six-speed manual gearbox
Coupe's top speed is 190 mph
Rear-mounted gearbox helps achieve 50/50 weight distribution
Full undertray reduces lift and drag
Safety Safety features include:
All-disc antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist