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By Cars.com Staff
January 4, 2013
The Aston Martin DB9 comes in coupe and convertible (Volante) forms and is powered by a 6.0-liter V-12 engine that generates 510 horsepower. Competitors include the Lamborghini Gallardo and Ferrari California.
New for 2013 The DB9 gets a makeover for the 2013 model year with a more powerful 6.0-liter V-12 engine that's now rated at 510 hp and 457 pounds-feet of torque, up from last year's 470 hp and 443 pounds-feet of torque. All DB9s now come standard with carbon-ceramic brakes, and the car sees subtle exterior and interior design revisions.
ExteriorA 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 decklid spoiler. "Swan wing" doors rise at a 12-degree angle for easier access. Exterior features include:
Standard 20-inch wheels
Bi-xenon headlamps with LED accent lighting
Aluminum and lightweight composite body panels
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)
Front and rear parking sensors
Optional carbon fiber accent package
InteriorThe DB9 offers standard 2+2 seating and a variety of available trims like mahogany, piano black, Tamo ash or bamboo. Glass buttons offer a unique design cue. The tachometer dial runs counterclockwise. Interior features include:
Power-adjustable leather seats
Heated front sport seats
Six-CD stereo with MP3 jack and USB port
Available Bang & Olufsen stereo
Available leather headliner
Available carbon fiber trim package
Under the HoodThe DB9's 6.0-liter V-12 produces 510 hp and 457 pounds-feet of torque. Aston Martin says the DB9 can accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 4.6 seconds. Mechanical features include:
Six-speed automatic transmission
Top speed of 183 mph
Rear-mounted gearbox for better weight distribution
Full undertray reduces lift and drag
Carbon-ceramic brake system
Three-mode adaptive suspension
SafetySafety features include:
All-disc antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist
Electronic stability system
Side-impact airbags for the front seats
Available backup camera
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