2009 Aston Martin DB9 | new car review

Posted on Aug 25, 2009 by

The DB9 is every inch a British sports car.

You might not see a huge amount of them on Dubai roads, but rest assured, they are here and when you do get to spot one, it is immediately as obvious as the nose on your face as to why the Aston brand is the one to own, if you like your sports cars, British, muscular and aggressive.

The iconic bodywork, full of curves, swoops and powerful shoulders, is a work of art, both in terms of styling and technology, and as a result it is extremely safe, too.

The chassis, which for any car with serious sporting intensions is the most important component, is one of the most technologically-advanced under-car frameworks this side of a Formula 1 car.

2009 Aston Martin DB9

Bonded, not welded, aluminium sections make up the DB9’s underpinnings, utilising state-of-the-art design and production to construct a chassis that is incredibly stiff, allowing the top-notch suspension to work to its very best, with almost no chassis flex and roll. The aluminium metalwork is also many times lighter than steel, and when correctly bonded and angled, much stronger too – the Aston will not let you down in an accident.

Many of those simply stunning body panels are also constructed from the lightweight metal usually reserved for aircraft but put to very good use in the . That trademark, understatedly stylish front grille leads the charge as the rest of the DB9’s bodywork seems to almost explode around and behind it. The wildly wide front wings flow into deep slab-sides until again they are interrupted by the even wider rear wheel arches and incredibly macho rear shoulder lines, all finishing-up in one of the most beautiful and evocative rear ends ever seen in the rich history of the automobile.

2009 Aston Martin DB9

Take into account the ultra-lightweight 19-inch magnesium-alloy wheels, low roofline and space-age LED lighting all round, and it is absolutely no wonder why the Aston Martin DB9 has been the connoisseur’s choice since its launch in 2004.

The power plant below the aluminium bonnet is as much a work of art as the rest of the car, with Aston Martin long being associated with large and very powerful naturally-aspirated engines. So, how does a 6-litre V12 petrol engine grab you? 470bhp and 600Nm of torque are the mind-blowing figures associated with the big, mean V12, and the howl and scream through the rather open stainless steel exhaust is truly something to behold, but don’t get too close.

2009 Aston Martin DB9

Performance is of course incredible; combining a 450bhp motor with a lightweight body and chassis is a sure fire way of setting your automotive world on fire. 0-100kph comes around in just five seconds, and the mighty Aston will easily and effortlessly plough onto 300kph.

Interiors are bespoke and absolutely dripping in wood, leather and precious metals – you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven when you close the door on one of these cars, wrapping yourself in a world of supremely selfish luxury and comfort. But don’t feel guilty; you’ve paid for it.

The DB9 is also available in roof-off mode. The DB9 Volante takes off the hard-top and adds a folding canvas roof – more posing potential there.

What can you say about the stunning Aston Martin DB9, apart from; ‘I want one!’


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Price range (AED) 700,000 – 775,000


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