2006 Aston Martin DB9

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2006 Aston Martin DB9

Key specs

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The good:

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

The bad:

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

2 trims

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Notable features

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

2006 Aston Martin DB9 review: Our expert's take

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On sale since fall 2004, the Aston Martin DB9 superseded the long-lived DB7 Vantage.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.

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.

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.

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.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior design 4.4
  • Performance 4.2
  • Value for the money 4.4
  • Exterior styling 4.9
  • Reliability 3.9

Most recent consumer reviews


You actually feel like James Bond

I had to own one of these because I think it's the most beautiful designed car ever made. I can just stare at it all day long but driving it is just as much fun. After two years of ownership I've had zero problems and just pure enjoyment.


Best car I ever owned

I have yet to drive this car without someone turning their head watching it move down the road. There is nothing else like it on the road - design is amazing and the joy of driving with top down is second to none.


Big Bang For The Buck

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 will turn heads and get many thumbs-ups for a modest price.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Aston Martin
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24 months/unlimited distance
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24 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
10 years years old or less/unlimited mileage
Basic warranty terms
12 months/unlimited miles
12 months/unlimited miles
Dealer certification required
140-point inspection
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