Aston Martin shows gorgeous new DB9 coupe

Trevor Hofmann - CAP staff
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British super car builder Aston Martin recently revealed its all-new 2013 DB9 sports coupe and DB9 Volante convertible, and the two models should immediately appeal to fans of the exotic luxury marque.

The DB9 shares largest coupe and convertible status with Aston's range-topping Vanquish supercar, featuring 2+2 seating and a V12 engine. When it comes to size, it slots in between the larger Rapide sport sedan, which actually belongs to the burgeoning four-door coupe segment, and the smaller "entry-level" Vantage, which only offers seating for two.

The new DB9's 6.0-litre mill puts out 510-horsepower, an impressive number for a naturally aspirated engine. The added power gives ample reason for owners of the previous DB9 to trade up, as that model only offered 470-horsepower. Likewise the Virage, a model that's only been available for a short time this year and will be discontinued with the advent of the DB9, delivered 490-horsepower, so the DB9 is an improvement on both fronts.

No doubt the new engine's 457 lb-ft of twist, up 14 lb-ft from the old DB9 and 37 lb-ft over the Virage, will provide phenomenal standing starts to 100km/h while stopping power should also be sufficient thanks to standard carbon-ceramic brakes. Those binders will have their work cut out for them, however, as the DB9 is hardly a lightweight at 1,795 kilos. This is nevertheless 5 kilos less weight than the old DB9, while the new model's mass is spread 50/50 from front to back, making for ideal balance.

The new DB9 may pull its underpinnings from the top-line Vanquish supercar, but styling cues are directly inherited from the outgoing Virage.

"DB9 has, rightly, been positioned at the hub of our GT segment offerings for some years now," said product manager Andy Haslam. "The introduction of this significantly enhanced 2013 car means Aston Martin buyers have a very clear and compelling model line-up from which to choose. Taking the best elements of Virage, adding important new upgrades and combining these with the iconic DB9 nomenclature we have created a compelling new Sports GT that sits proudly at the very heart of the Aston Martin sports car range. With the exceptional new Vanquish super GT occupying the top of the range, there is now a clear and logical step from DB9."

To those who have fallen for the short-lived Virage, the visual transition to the DB9 is so subtle it'll only seem like a name change. The interior looks much the same too, other than Aston has now included a standard backup camera.

Pricing has yet to be announced, but expect it to start close to the old 2012 DB9 that was available earlier this year, which had a base MSRP of $210,765 for the coupe and $231,032 for the Volante, plus destination charges.

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Topics: Convertible, Sports Coupe, Aston Martin, 2013, DB9, $99,999+,

Organizations: Aston Martin

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