Aston Martin DB9 Coupe and DB9 Volante Review 2012

The 2012 Aston Martin DB9  and Aston Martin DB9 Volante is exceptionally powerful, a highperformance sports car with supreme balance, handling and ride. Powered by a 350 kW (470 bhp) 6.0-litre V12 engine, the Aston Martin DB9 combines effortless touring ability with sports car precision and agility. Power is nothing without control, and the Aston Martin DB9 is engineered for poise and predictability at all times. Meticulously designed steering, suspension and brakes deliver vital feedback, placing the driver at the heart of the machine. A choice of ‘Touchtronic 2’ automatic transmission, with steering wheelmounted paddles, or six-speed manual completes the relationship between driver, car and road. The Aston Martin DB9 is the epitome of dynamic beauty. Technical perfection is swathed in elegant bodywork, with lines that are fluid and modern yet classic and, above all, typically Aston Martin.

From the front grille through to the curvaceous rear haunches, the Aston Martin DB9 is a contemporary design icon. Every surface and component is carefully detailed, using ultra-modern materials and a combination of high technology manufacturing and traditional craft skills. Right down to the hand-enamelled Aston Martin badge, true craftsmanship is always in evidence. Aston Martin DB9 Coupe shown with optional 19" 5-spoke, diamond turned, forged alloy road wheels.

The Aston Martin DB9 Volante adds another dimension: the open air. The Volante’s sleek lines are made possible by sophisticated design and engineering, resulting in an opentopped car with a clean, flowing profile. Swift and invigorating to drive, the Volante is effortless and seductive. The Aston Martin DB9 is entirely in its element on the open road, providing an inspirational experience for both driver and passenger alike. Beauty, elegance, craftsmanship and the roar of its V12 engine are brought together in one emotional package, an object of beauty that never fails to stir the soul.

Every detail of the Aston Martin DB9 Coupe and Aston Martin DB9 Volante is carefully composed, inside and out. The unique ‘swan-wing’ doors are designed to open outwards yet upwards, easing access and avoiding high kerbs. The iconic Aston Martin grille, its distinctive five bars created from anodised aluminium, forms a subtle yet aggressive visual statement. The DB9 Coupe and DB9 Volante were designed in tandem, ensuring that the mechanical expertise that underpins each car was never compromised. Distinctive yet also subtle, the curve of the Coupe’s roofline finds an echo in the sweptback rear deck of the Aston Martin DB9 Volante, form and function in perfect harmony. Aston Martin DB9 Coupe shown with optional 19" 5-spoke, diamond turned, forged alloy road wheels.

Both Aston Martin DB9 Coupe and Aston Martin DB9 Volante are designed for sophisticated and predictable high-speed handling, as well as everyday refinement and usability. A new adaptive damping system (ADS) is provided as standard equipment on both DB9 Coupe and DB9 Volante models. The cars dampers are specifically tuned to the driving characteristics of the DB9 and ‘adapt’ automatically whether in Normal comfort mode or Sport dynamic mode. The system automatically adjusts to the appropriate setting according to information received from sensors monitoring throttle, brakes and steering. Even when standing still, the DB9 conveys poise and grace, power and strength. The design is meticulous: every surface carefully honed and shaped to create a precise balance between curve and crease, volume and space. Light falling on the car generates fluid, unbroken lines that flow across the curves, highlighting the intersection of line and shape.

From the rear, the Aston Martin DB9 Coupe and DB9 Volante sense of power, purpose and strength is emphasised by muscular rear haunches, distinctive tail and wheel arches filled with lightweight aluminium alloy wheels. Nothing is overlooked, from the junction between the roof and rear flanks to the light line that runs through the doors to unite with the iconic Aston Martin side strake. DB9 Coupe shown with optional 19" 10-spoke, diamond turned, forged alloy road wheels with Graphite finish. The DB9 creates a classic automotive soundtrack. With an exhaust note that is sonorous and evocative, the hand-built V12 provides a glorious aural accompaniment to the view from behind the wheel. DB9 Coupe shown with optional 19" 5-spoke, diamond turned, forged alloy road wheels.

On the road, the Aston Martin DB9 Coupe ad Aston Martin DB9 Volante is fluent andcomposed, capable of delivering both refined long distance touring and a thrillingly dynamic drive. The DB9 is the definitive sporting grand tourer; no other car in its class provides driver and passenger with such an exquisite experience. Aston Martin has always stood for exceptional levels of craftsmanship and, true to form, the DB9’s cabin is a feast for the senses. The sublime combination of handcrafted materials, from the delicate stitching on the leather sports seats to the choice of luxurious interior woods, results in an incomparable ambience. The DB9’s interior synthesises craftsmanship with high technology; dedicated to longdistance, high-performance driving, it offers comfort, convenience and practicality. The interior invites close inspection, from the tactile delight of the start sequence using the glass and stainless steel Emotion Control Unit (ECU) to the detailed, watchlike dials of the instrument panel and the comprehensive standard equipment.


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