There’s been a whiff of old fart about the DB9 for quite a while now,
but Aston’s finally rolled down the windows, purged the aged miasma, and
re-jigged the eight-year-old for 2013. And in the process, it’s axed the Virage
from its range.
But now you get Virage-inspired looks, more power from the 5.9-litre V12
and Aston’s new damping tech. Huzzah!
Another pleasant side effect is that you can get the best bits of the Virage
for £131,995. That’s £18,000 less than a V, plus a far more distinguished DB9
Compared to the old DB9, power’s up from 470bhp to 510bhp and torque’s
increased from 442lb ft to 457lb ft. That’s courtesy of the new-gen AM11
engine, which has had a revised block, new head, dual variable valve timing, a
new intake manifold and an extra squirty fuel pump.
On the road, that translates as 0-62mph in 4.6 seconds (0.2 seconds quicker
than the old ‘un), and a, erm, slower top speed… The previous gen could crack
190mph, but this one does a piffling 183mph.
Standard stuff also includes carbon ceramic Brembo brakes (about 12.5kg lighter
than cast iron ones), Aston’s Gen4 adaptive dampers (which have Normal, Sport
and Track modes) and the chassis – with the rear bonded carbonfibre section –
of the Vanquish.
Outside, the DB9 is very Viragey – the biggest update being the boot flip (it
improves aerodynamics, apparently. And looks awesome). Its innards are also
borrowed from the 9’s more expensive kin, too – there’s upgraded glass
switchgear and hand-stitched leather seats. Go for the carbon pack and you get
an upper fascia, door pulls and gear selector paddles rendered in it.
Other stuff? New 20-inch alloys, automatic windscreen wipers, reversing camera,
leather headlining and special DB9 logos for the seats. But they’ve not
mentioned if the ride will make Mr James May cross, though, as the departing
Virage once did…