The Aston Martin DB9 may be the British marque’s second string grand tourer these days, firmly falling in line behind the range-topping new Vanquish, but it is still very much a force to be reckoned with, boasting a cult following largely thanks to those two instantly recognisable and evocative letters that form its name.
In fact, 2015 marks the 65 years since the birth of the now iconic DB bloodline, when, in 1950, the first of Aston Martin’s DB2 sports cars rolled of the production line. It is entirely apt then, that the newest member of the DB family is the most potent yet.
Showcasing the very best of that rich DB heritage, the new DB9 GT steps out to deliver nothing less than the pinnacle of motoring opulence and engineering excellence wrapped up in an impeccable grand touring package. But then, sporting the famous winged Aston emblem, we expect nothing less.
So, the question is; does the new GT’s walk match Aston Martin’s talk?
It certainly delivers both the bark and the bite, equipped with an uprated version of Aston’s throaty 6.0 litre V12 which has already served with distinction aboard the new Vanquish as well as the V12 Vantage. It’s 540bhp and 457 lb/ft torque will see the DB9 surpass 62mph in 4.5 seconds and red-line at 183 mph. This considerable power is channelled into your fingertips via the DB9 GT’s six-speed manual gearbox and can be tamed or fully unleashed through any one of the car’s three distinct performance modes, Normal, Sport and Track, which subtly tweak suspension and damping systems.
Whilst understandably more akin to the DB9 base model than it’s more toned and athletic-looking Vanquish cousin, the GT variant is adorned with a smattering of extra badges, a black front splitter and rear diffuser as well as a set of new ten-spoke 20-inch alloy wheels to help it stand out from the crowd in the Aston stable. Options include carbon fibre tail lamp inserts, side strakes, front splitter and rear diffuser along with customisable brake caliper colours and a steering wheel inspired by the British marque’s One-77 hyper car.
Already available to order, you can get your hands on the latest piece of Aston Martin DB history for the princely sum £140,000. As always, enjoying seriously impressive performance and luxury requires seriously deep pockets.