Today, Aston Martin confirmed that, effective immediately, the Virage will no long exist in the company’s line up. It will, however, carry over its progressive design language and interior hallmarks in the new DB9.
Perhaps the Virage looked too good for its price bracket, but whatever the reason, Aston has decided to continue its legacy into the DB9 – so rumors about the DB9’s demise can stop.
Incorporating many new design features and a host of engineering feats, the new DB9 aims to give Aston Martin customers what they demand from a luxury GT.
Sitting low and wide, the DB9 retains the Aston GT silhouette, integrating an exaggerated rear spoiler for enhanced aerodynamics.
The new DB9 tones its body lines while refining its sculpted light-catching flanks. Presenting a mature, contemporary look, the car also receives a five-vane horizontal airfoil grille inspired by the sold-out One-77 hypercar.
Aston Martin also introduces its latest version of the V12 engine. The AM11 V12 incorporates technology and performance gains developed for the Vanquish. While the motor has been tuned to meet the needs of a DB9 experience, the output comes in at 510hp (40hp more than last year) and 457 lb-ft (14 more than last year). Enhancements include a revised block, new heads, dual variable valve timing, enlarged throttle bodies, upgraded fuel pump, revised intake manifold and machined combustion chambers.
Other performance features standard on the new DB9 include Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) disc brakes (398mm front, 360mm rear) as well as six-piston front, four-piston rear calipers supplied by Brembo.
The standard wheels are 20x8.5” front and 20x11” rear wheels. It also gets the three-stage Adaptive Damping System (ADS) that can select “Normal” mode for exceptional comfort, “Sport” mode focuses on a sharper turn-in grip, while “Track” mode goes for a stiffer GT experience.
The interior carries on the tradition of Aston Martin craftsmanship and detail. Leather welting (first seen on the Virage), jewel-like glass switchgear plus optional leather headlining with detail stitching are just a few of the new features.
Items like a trunk-mounted reversing camera, rain-sensitive wipers and automatic headlights are controlled by a new panel and are standard on the DB9.
Two carbon fiber packages have been developed as well. One for the exterior; consisting of carbon fiber front splitter, rear diffuser, mirror arms, caps and tailpipes with a graphite finish. The interior package offers a carbon fiber upper fascia, gear selector paddles and door pulls.
While the appearance of an Aston Martin can distract onlookers, the engineering changes incorporate pedestrian-impact zones for the new hood and front bumper. Lowering the engine has also helped, as has a new grille construction technique that allows it to move backward on impact. As a result, the car keeps its character while preserving its chiseled appearance.
Prices for the 2013 Aston Martin DB9 start at $185,400 with deliveries expected in November 2012. Orders can be placed as soon as you are done reading this exclusive feature.
2013 Aston Martin DB9
Two-door coupe body style with 2+2 seating configuration, extruded bonded aluminum VH body structure, aluminum, magnesium alloy and composite body, extruded aluminum door side-impact beams, single bi-xenon headlamps with integrated LED side lights and direction indicators, clear LED rear lamps
All-alloy, quad overhead camshaft, 48 valve, 5,935cc, V12, front mid-mounted engine, rear-wheel drive, fully stainless steel exhaust system with active bypass valves,
Max power: 510hp at 6,500rpm
Max torque: 457 lb. ft. at 5,500 rpm
Acceleration: 0-60mph in 4.6sec
Max speed: 183mph
Rear mid-mounted ‘Touchtronic 2’ six-speed transmission with electronic shift-by- wire control system, alloy torque tube with carbon fiber propeller shaft, limited slip differential, final drive ratio 3.46:1
Wheels & Tires
20-inch five-spoke cast alloy silver painted wheels, 20”x8.5”, Pirelli P Zero 245/35 ZR20 f, 20”x11”, Pirelli P Zero 295/30 ZR20, tire repair kit
Steering Rack and pinion, servotronic speed-sensitive power-assisted steering, 3.0 turns lock-to-lock, Column tilt and reach adjustment Length: 4720mm (inc. front number plate plinth)
Width: 2061mm (inc. mirrors)
Fuel tank capacity: 20.6 gal.
Weight: 3935 lb.
Front: ventilated carbon ceramic discs, 398mm diameter with six-piston monobloc calipers, Rear: ventilated carbon ceramic discs, 360mm diameter with four-piston monobloc calipers, Grey painted brake calipers, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with track mode, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Traction control (TC)
Three Stage Adaptive Damping System (ADS) with Normal, Sport and Track modes, Front: independent double wishbones incorporating anti-dive geometry, coil springs, anti-roll bar and monotube adaptive dampers, Rear: independent double wishbones with anti-squat and anti-lift geometry, coil springs, anti-roll bar and monotube adaptive dampers
Full-grain leather interior, walnut facia trim with graphite center console finish and iridium silver surround, leather sports steering wheel, electrically adjustable sports seats with side airbags, memory seats & exterior mirrors (three positions), dual-stage driver/front passenger front airbags, powerfold exterior heated mirrors, heated front seats (sports seats only), heated rear screen, automatic temperature control, organic Electroluminescent (OEL) displays, trip computer, cruise control, Bluetooth® telephone preparation1, satellite navigation1,2 , rear parking assist camera, auto-dimming interior rear-view mirror1 , auto-dimming interior rear-view mirror with garage door opener (USA and Canada only) 1, satellite radio system (USA only) 1, front and rear parking sensors, tire pressure monitoring system1 , alarm and immobilizer, remote-control central door locking and boot release, glass ECU, LED map-reading lights, boot-mounted umbrella, lamy pen and pen holder, 700-watt Aston Martin Premium audio system with Dolby® Pro Logic II® including six-CD autochanger, integrated Apple iPod®,3 connector, USB Connector with Waveform Audio Format (WAF), Windows Media Audio (WMA) and MPEG (MP3) audio file compatibility, 3.5 mm auxiliary input socket
Volante body style, 20-inch five-spoke alloy graphite painted wheels with diamond-turned finish, 20-inch ten-spoke alloy Liquid Silver painted wheels, 20-inch ten-spoke alloy silver painted wheels with diamond-turned finish, 20-inch ten-spoke alloy graphite painted wheels with diamond-turned finish, 20-inch ten-spoke alloy Satin Black painted wheels with diamond-turned finish, alternative brake caliper finish – black, red, and yellow, exterior Carbon Fibre Pack (comprising front splitter, rear diffuser, mirror cap, mirror arm and graphitic tailpipe finish), 2+0 Seating (Coupe only), optional facia trims - Piano Black, bamboo, tamo ash, mahogany, black Alcantara Steering Wheel, matching wood door trim (not available with B&O BeoSound audio system options), personalized sill plaques • 1000-watt Bang & Olufsen BeoSound audio system with ICEpower technology, auto-dimming interior rear-view mirror1 , auto-dimming interior rear-view mirror with garage door opener 1 , alarm upgrade (volumetric and tilt sensor), satellite radio system (Canada only) (excludes subscription)1 , first-aid kit, trinket tray, satellite radio system1 , second Glass ECU, interior Carbon Fiber Pack (comprising facia trim, gearshift paddles and door pulls) , DB9 logo or Aston Martin wings embroidery on front seat headrests , leather headlining, smokers’ kit Contemporary Pack (comprising contemporary paint, contemporary leather, contemporary carpet, leather headlining, contrast stitching)