Adding a new model to its iconic line, the 2016 Aston Martin DB9 GT debuted at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in Britain. In addition the boasting more power than any DB model ever, the new DB9 GT also introduces a host of equipment upgrades, highlighted by the fitment of Aston's state-of-the-art AMi II infotainment package.  

A series of tuning tweaks to the DB9's naturally aspirated 6.0-liter V12 engine help raise output from 510 to 540 horses in GT guise, all delivered to the rear wheels via a  rear-mid-mounted Touchtronic II 6-speed transmission with shift-by-wire controls. That combo helps the DB9 GT sprint from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds and carries it on to a top speed of 183 mph. Like the standard DB9, the GT also relies on a sport-tuned 3-stage Adaptive Damping System to help keep it planted and confident in corners. 

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Visually, this ultra-spec DB9 gets a subtle but effective exterior styling revamp that includes bespoke headlamp/taillamp treatments, a black front splitter and rear diffuser, unique 10-spoke 20-inch alloy wheels, black anodized brake calipers and a "GT" engraving on its aluminum fuel filler cap.

State-of-the-art infotainment 

Inside, the handcrafted 2+2 shares much with the DB9, but does sport exclusive Glen Coe fluted-leather upholstery and carries embroidered "GT" logos on its seatbacks. The Coupe version also features an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel. But the biggest news here is the introduction of the AMi II package. Building on the AMi I system that debuted on the firm's range-topping Vanquish, the new touch-sensitive AMi II features a more user-friendly menu structure that also brings enhanced text message integration, vehicle status information and extended background themes. This upgrade also is destined to appear on 2016 Aston Martin Vantage and Rapide S models.

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Orders are now being taken for the 2016 Aston Martin DB9 GT which will arrive at dealers here later this year. Pricing is set to $199,950 plus what's expected to be $2,825 in destination fees. Like any Aston, buyers will be able to add numerous touches from distinctive interior trims and a One-77-inspired steering wheel to a carbon fiber-intensive body kit and diamond-turned alloy wheels with a graphite finish.

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