DB9 gets a second facelift and uprated power
It just won’t stop, eh?
On the positive side of things, Aston Martins were always great-looking cars, so there is a good reason to stretch the lifecycle of the DB9. Launched in 2004, the DB9 was first facelifted in 2008, and what you see here is a heavily revised version of both the coupe and Volante cabriolet models.
It looks like the Virage…
Aston has done it on purpose. Yet, it will be so difficult for most people to note what has actually changed (this has always been the case with Astons).
As a result, Aston has stopped producing the Virage, which was supposed to slot in between the DB9 and DBS in price and power. The Virage lived very shortly, introduced just last year.
So the DB9 now gets the Virage’s power output?
Nope, it gets the power rating of the DBS: 517hp, up from the original 477hp derived from the same 6.0-litre V12 block; the Virage was neatly placed with 497hp.
Now that the DBS has been replaced the all-new Vanquish this year, the DB9 is the sole survivor of a once three-variant lineup of GT cruisers.
So the DB9 is as fast as the DBS?
Nope, probably due to weight reasons. The DB9 does 0-100kph in 4.6sec compared to the previous 4.8sec record. The Virage did 4.5sec and DBS 4.3sec.
Aston says the DB9 can be opted with lighter sports seats to help cut weight. BTW, the DB9 has carbon-ceramic brakes as standard.
So the DB9 is cheaper than the Virage?
Yes, since the revised DB9 is 0.1sec slower than the Virage. The DB9 has a starting price of some 20 million baht in Thailand – 2 million less than what the Virage asked for.
Shouldn’t I just go for the Vanquish?
When imported cars in Thailand cost so outrageously high, we think you should, even if the Vanquish would costs a fourth or third more than the DB9.
Just for a refresh: the Vanquish comes with a far more distinctive, if still predictable, design; the VH architecture is the same but clothed with carbonfibre; and the usual 6.0-litre V12 has been massaged to take power to 573hp to help yield a 4.1sec 0-100kph time.
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- Writer: Richard Leu
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