• (5.0) 2 reviews
  • Available Prices: $94,910–$94,910
  • Body Style: Coupe
  • Combined MPG: 16
  • Engine: 470-hp, 6.0-liter V-12 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
2012 Aston Martin DB9

Our Take on the Latest Model 2012 Aston Martin DB9

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

  • Manual transmission has been discontinued
  • 470-hp V-12
  • Six-speed automatic
  • Extensive use of aluminum
  • New Garmin-based navigation system

2012 Aston Martin DB9 Reviews

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 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:

  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • MP3 jack
  • Premium six-CD stereo
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • 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
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Electronic stability system

Consumer Reviews

(5.0)

Average based on 2 reviews

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Amazing ride!

by Ace from Frisco on October 29, 2016

One the best date night cars I've ever owned. Design and performance is unbelievable! Just when I thought my Mercedes SLS was the car to beat, here comes the DB9! :)

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Recalls

There are currently 4 recalls for this car.


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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/unlimited

Powertrain

36mo/unlimited

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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