2006 Aston Martin DB9

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Key Specs

of the 2006 Aston Martin DB9. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Exuberant performance
  • Superlative handling
  • Automatic-transmission operation
  • Pedigree
  • Styling

The Bad

  • Minimal backseat space
  • Rear entry and exit
  • Forward visibility
  • Instrument readability

Notable Features of the 2006 Aston Martin DB9

  • 450-hp V-12
  • Manual or automatic
  • Extensive use of aluminum

2006 Aston Martin DB9 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
On sale since fall 2004, the Aston Martin DB9 superseded the long-lived DB7 Vantage. The DB9 is powered by a 6.0-liter V-12 engine that generates 450 horsepower. Either a conventional six-speed-manual gearbox or a button-controlled six-speed automatic can be installed. Aston Martin says the manual-shift DB9 can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds.

The DB9 was the first car to be hand-built at a new state-of-the-art facility in Gaydon, Warwickshire, England. In addition to the coupe, a Volante convertible is also offered.

The console controls are revised for 2006. Additional cabin stowage is provided, along with coat hooks. New standard equipment includes rear parking sensors, cruise control, heated front seats, power-folding side mirrors, an umbrella, a navigation system and Bluetooth phone preparation.


Exterior
A long aluminum hood sits above a familiar Aston Martin grille, and side strakes are located in the front quarter panels. The body panels are aluminum or lightweight composites, while magnesium is used for the steering column and inner doorframes. Locating the gearbox at the rear helps achieve 50/50 weight distribution, and a full undertray reduces lift and drag. 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.

The Volante's fabric top folds underneath a hard tonneau cover that sits flush with the bodywork. Sensors can detect a pote...
Vehicle Overview
On sale since fall 2004, the Aston Martin DB9 superseded the long-lived DB7 Vantage. The DB9 is powered by a 6.0-liter V-12 engine that generates 450 horsepower. Either a conventional six-speed-manual gearbox or a button-controlled six-speed automatic can be installed. Aston Martin says the manual-shift DB9 can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds.

The DB9 was the first car to be hand-built at a new state-of-the-art facility in Gaydon, Warwickshire, England. In addition to the coupe, a Volante convertible is also offered.

The console controls are revised for 2006. Additional cabin stowage is provided, along with coat hooks. New standard equipment includes rear parking sensors, cruise control, heated front seats, power-folding side mirrors, an umbrella, a navigation system and Bluetooth phone preparation.


Exterior
A long aluminum hood sits above a familiar Aston Martin grille, and side strakes are located in the front quarter panels. The body panels are aluminum or lightweight composites, while magnesium is used for the steering column and inner doorframes. Locating the gearbox at the rear helps achieve 50/50 weight distribution, and a full undertray reduces lift and drag. 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.

The Volante's fabric top folds underneath a hard tonneau cover that sits flush with the bodywork. Sensors can detect a potential rollover and deploy twin roll-hoops. Aston Martin says the windshield pillars can withstand twice the car's body weight.


Interior
The DB9 offers 2+2 seating that features Bridge of Weir leather. Walnut, mahogany or bamboo wood trim is available.

To start the engine, the driver must press a clear glass button. The tachometer dial runs counterclockwise and has no conventional redline. Instead, a red warning symbol appears at various engine speeds depending on ambient temperature and engine mileage. The British firm Linn developed the 950-watt sound system.


Under the Hood
The DB9's 6.0-liter V-12 produces 450 hp and 420 pounds-feet of torque. The ZF six-speed-automatic transmission uses buttons to select Drive, Park, Neutral and Reverse. A Touchtronic manual mode permits gear changes using paddles behind the steering wheel. A conventional Graziano six-speed-manual gearbox is also available.

Safety
All-disc antilock brakes incorporate electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist. Seat-mounted side-impact airbags and Dynamic Stability Control are standard.

Driving Impressions
Handling is where the DB9 truly excels, hanging on with passion through swift curves and delivering a civilized experience. Confidence levels reach well beyond the sports-car norm. The suspension follows road contours closely, yet ride comfort is satisfying.

The dashboard is packed with controls. Most markings are clear, but the gauges aren't so easy to read.

The V-12 generates a rich exhaust sound. Gear changes are quite easy using the dashboard selector buttons and steering-wheel paddles, and automatic mode does a fine job. After a momentary hesitation to downshift, the DB9 lunges ahead with unbridled force.

Rear headroom is scant and legroom is virtually nonexistent, but the front compartment is roomy enough in a snug, separated cockpit. The front fenders are hard to see, but the rear window provides a helpful view.



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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(3.7)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Big Bang For The Buck

by British HP from New York on March 5, 2018

Naturally aspirated 12 cylinder engine delivers outrageous power! Roomy cabin features generous use of wood veneers and rich leather on almost every surface. Legendary styling and supercar performance ... Read full review

(5.0)

A total classic!

by DanZ from Los AngeleS on September 26, 2017

One of the most iconic sports cars on the road. Unparalleled exterior design with the power and style that Aston Martin is famous for. Perhaps the most beautiful in the Aston Martin stable. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2006 Aston Martin DB9 currently has 3 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2006 Aston Martin DB9 has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The DB9 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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