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2013 Aston Martin DB9 – Spot the Difference?

2013 Aston Martin DB9 – Spot the Difference?

Aston Martin has revealed more information on its forthcoming 2013 Aston Martin DB9. From launch the Aston Martin Virage will be available as either a Coupe or Volante.

According to Aston Martin the styling changes on the DB9 are reminiscent of the outgoing Aston Martin Virage. If you are not as intimate with the intrinsic details of the Aston Martin, you might find it hard to spot the styling changes on the Aston Martin DB9. But there are changes to both the exterior and interior.

The front features a large lower front grill which feeds air to the braking system, with a front splitter which also serves to visually widen the Aston Martin DB9.  The Bi-xenon headlamps, also add to the visual appearance, giving the car a clear focus, with subtle feature lines running along and underneath the headlamps also emphasising the width of the car.

Visually on the side of the car the Aston Martin DB9 features an integrated side strake which houses LED indicators, the long strake accentuating the lean and long lines of the DB9’s nose.

At the rear the Aston Martin has a more pronounced rear boot lip to enhance the aerodynamic performance of the car. An LED light above the Aston Martin Badge is also apparent over the outgoing model. Changes to the rear lower bumper also aid to give the DB9 a sportier feel, with the lower bumper receiving a diffuser type styling treatment. All in all, the Aston Martins widetrack width and muscular rear haunches clearly communicate the power delivered at the rear wheels.

The interior as per Aston Martin tradition exudes an air of elegance and luxury. Some of the changes include the use of jewel-like glass switchgear used throughout the interior of the revised DB9. Other enhancements include the stunning leather welt feature first seen on the Virage. The welts have been designed and developed by Aston Martin’s master craftsmen.

Meanwhile there are two Carbon Packs introduced on Aston Martin DB9 one exterior and one interior to offer further personalisation possibilities

The exterior pack comprises carbon fibre front splitter and rear diffuser, carbon fibre mirror arms and caps and dark tailpipes with a graphitic finish. The interior pack offers a carbon fibre upper facia, carbon fibre gear selector paddles and carbon fibre door pulls.

The powerplant on the The Aston Martin DB9 will be the new generation AM11 V12 engine. The engine is said to produce 375kW (510bhp) and 620Nm, which accelerates the DB9 from 0 – 100km/h in a reported 4.6 seconds and to a top speed of 295km/h. The engine is mated to a Rear mid-mounted ‘Touchtronic 2’ six-speed transmission with electronic shift-by-wire control system.

From s safety perspective Aston Martin achieves compliance with the latest European pedestrian protection regulations and does so without any compromise to the exterior design of the car. The attention to detail in the pedestrian protection system has allowed the designers to avoid the use of plastic grilles and straightforward nose cone bumpers that stretch up in front of the bonnet.

The Aston Martin DB9 chassis features a number of important enhancements over the outgoing car’s already impressive inventory. The main highlights being the inclusion of the Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CMM) discs and callipers supplied by Brembo. The use of these brakes allows for a weight saving of about 12.5kg on the unsprung mass which also helps to achieve a better balance between ride comfort and handling.

The Adaptive Damping System (ADS) has also been enhanced to include three modes: Normal, Sport and Track. The different damping modes available help appreciably broaden DB9’s character, adapting its set-up to suit the driver’s requirements in different contexts. It can be a comfortable and compliant GT car in Normal mode as well as being a firm and direct sports car in Sport setting and offering highly precise flat cornering in Track mode.

All in all, according to product manager Andy Haslam, “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.”

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