Aston refreshes the DB9
Ageing GT gets a comprehensive makeover as Virage is axed
Posted: 19 Sep 2012
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 badge.
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 ifthe ride will make Mr James May cross, though, as the departing Virage once did…