The 2013 Aston Martin DB9 has a new V12 engine that is more powerful yet emits slightly fewer emissions. Carbon-ceramic Brembo brakes are now standard. Exterior revisions are most noticeable in the DB9's front fascia and rear trunk lip, while the underlying chassis has been stiffened for better performance.
The formerly offered (and rarely ordered) manual transmission has been deleted from the DB9 lineup, but the car's cabin is upgraded with a new Garmin-based navigation system.
In the world of high-end luxury performance cars, the Aston Martin name fits neatly above Audi and BMW, but just below legends such as Ferrari and Mercedes-Benz. Two of the most recognized Aston Martin cars for 2012 are the DB9 coupe and DB9 Volante convertible. Although the DB9's styling is vaguely reminiscent of the Jaguar XJ, there is a more substantial presence with this car, both inside and under the hood. A massive V12 engine powers the DB9, something you won't find in a Jaguar, and the car's suspension, though tuned for performance driving, returns a rather comfortable ride. From its signature grille and handcrafted cabin, to its familial connection as James Bond's car of choice, the DB9 is a thoroughly satisfying ride.