Intent on adding even more charm and capability to its elegantly exhilarating luxury grand tourer, Aston Martin has announced the most comprehensive upgrading regimen for its DB9 line since the model was introduced in 2003. Both the 2011 Aston Martin Coupe and Volante Convertible benefit from a host of subtle but effective cosmetic and functional enhancements that Aston Martin's Product Development Director, Ian Minards, "highlights the DB9's qualities as a true sporting GT and underlining its role as the backbone car of our range."
The DB9's exterior refresh starts with a recontoured front fascia and reshaped headlamp bezels complemented by a new bright finish radiator grille and bolder lower intakes filled with new bright hexagonal mesh. Other changes bring more deeply-drawn side sills, silver brake calipers and clear rear taillamp lenses all set off by new 20-spoke diamond turned alloy wheels. Inside, the this affable Aston retains its bounty of comfort and convenience features but adds Double Apex alloy trim to the options mix along with its killer Bang & Olufsen BeoSound premium audio upgrade.
While a 470-horsepower/6.0-liter V12 carries over as the 190-mph DB9's sole motivator -- as does the choice of either a six-speed manual transmission or optional paddle-shifted six-speed Touchtronic dual-clutch gearbox -- the car's conventional suspension setup has been replaced by Aston Martin's well-proven Adaptive Damping System. Similar to the ADS package currently used on the firm's more performance oriented DBS and Rapide models, it constantly monitors and optimizes the shock absorber setting for any given road condition and can be switched between its Comfort and Sport modes at the touch of a button on the center console. Although Aston Martin decided that the fitment of ADS eliminated the need for a separate Sport Package upgrade, it still plans to offer a unique Sport design alloy wheel for the both DB9 models.
The 2011 Aston Martin DB9 Coupe and Volante Convertible are scheduled to arrive in dealers here sometime during the fourth quarter. Pricing will be released closer to their actual on-sale dates.