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By Cars.com Staff
March 2, 2012
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 Lamborghini Gallardo and Ferrari California.
New for 2012 The DB9's manual transmission has been dropped, leaving just a six-speed automatic. Additionally, a Garmin-based navigation system replaces a hard-drive-based one, and yellow brake calipers are newly optional.
Exterior A long aluminum hood sits above a familiar Aston Martin grille, which has a bright finish. 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. Exterior features include:
Standard 19-inch wheels
Aluminum and lightweight composite body panels
Magnesium steering column and inner door frame
Volante's fabric top folds underneath a hard tonneau cover that sits flush with the bodywork
Sensors can detect a potential rollover and deploy roll bars (convertible)
Aston Martin says the windshield pillars can withstand twice the car's body weight
Rear parking sensors; front sensors are optional
LEDs in the door handles illuminate 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. Interior features include:
Premium six-CD stereo
Automatic air conditioning
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 4.6 seconds. Mechanical features include:
ZF six-speed automatic transmission
Coupe's top speed is 190 mph
Rear-mounted gearbox helps achieve 50/50 weight distribution, front to rear
Full undertray reduces lift and drag
Safety Safety features include:
All-disc antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist