Aston Martin Reveals DB9 GT

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Luxury British sports car maker Aston Martin today revealed the  Aston Martin DB9 GT – the ’s most compelling production ‘DB’ to date. Designed to offer the best of what DB9 can be, the new car delivers world-class grand touring and hand-built excellence.

Claiming the title of the most potent DB9 yet devised, by virtue of its uprated 6.0-litre V12 engine which now boasts 547 PS – the DB9 GT makes its public debut as part of Aston Martin’s impressive presence at this week’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The new sports car appears as Aston Martin also unveils a raft of colour, trim and equipment enhancements across its sporty Vantage and luxurious Rapide S model lines.

DB9 GT – timeless style redefined

Since their debut in the early 1950s, the ‘DB’ models offered by Aston Martin have been synonymous with sophisticated grand touring and thrilling sports car performance.

In the tyre tracks of DB4, DB5, DB6 and DB7, today’s DB9 GT continues that distinguished tradition of luxury, excitement and style with a raft of engineering, equipment and styling developments calculated to make this the very best of what DB9 can be.

Fundamental to the new model’s unique appeal is its uprated 6.0-litre V12 petrol engine, which is capable of generating 547 PS at 6750 rpm, and 620 Nm of torque at 5500 rpm.

The all-alloy, quad overhead cam, 48-valve 5,935 cc front mid-mounted V12 is mated to the proven rear mid-mounted Touchtronic II six-speed gearbox with electronic shift-by-wire control system. It carries the British luxury sports car maker’s core GT offering from rest to 62 mph in 4.5 seconds, and on to a top speed of 183 mph.

The independent double wishbone suspension all round continues to deliver secure handling while the three-stage Adaptive Damping System (ADS) offers distinct  Normal, Sport and Track modes for the broadest possible breadth of dynamic characteristics.

However power is only part of the story, as the new Aston Martin also includes important and far-reaching equipment changes which underline its position as the best DB9 to date.

Among the interior equipment updates is the arrival of the AMi II touch-sensitive Aston Martin infotainment system. While AMi debuted on the range-topping Vanquish at its launch, AMi II offers a revised menu structure which makes using the system even more user-friendly.

Building on the system launched in the Vanquish, the DB9 GT’s AMi II infotainment package sees key improvements made in a number of areas including text message integration, vehicle status information and extended background themes for greater personalisation.

Offering AM, FM, DAB and SDAR reception (US only), USB ports, Bluetooth audio streaming the system delivers superb connectivity and entertainment simply and easily.

Bespoke luxury as standard

Aside from the subtle GT badges, this new DB9 is identified by black painted splitter and diffuser, revised headlight and tail light treatments and new ten-spoke 20-inch alloy wheels. Black anodised brake calipers and a GT engraving on the aluminium fuel filler cap further distinguish the new model.

Options, for those who wish to further personalise their car, include carbon fibre tail lamp inserts, side strakes, front splitter and rear diffuser; graphite, diamond-turned ten-spoke alloy wheels and alternative brake caliper colours.

Inside, the 2+2 seating configuration remains, however the seats now boast ‘GT’ embroidery on the unique fluted leather. An iridium trim pack and Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel (Coupe only) further distinguish the new car.

A broad array of options inside the DB9 GT include various centre console finishes such as Ice Mocha and Copper Cuprum, while other interior options include Duotone leather seats, door inserts and head linings; and a One-77-inspired steering wheel design.

The DB9 GT is now available to order in markets around the world, priced from £140,000.

Vantage and Rapide S revised

Not content simply with launching the DB9 GT, Aston Martin is also taking the arrival of 16MY cars to update, upgrade and enhance more of its core sports cars.

The sporting Vantage line-up and luxurious Rapide S four-door four-seat sports cars all benefit from a raft of colour, trim and equipment enhancements for 16MY, with the Vantage Coupe and Roadster models gaining a new touch-sensitive centre console fascia.

The AMi II infotainment system also makes its debut in Vantage and Rapide S, with the debut of corresponding new features such as visual vehicle status power and torque meters, offering real-time read-outs of engine bhp and torque.

New interior trim packs deliver the option of even greater personalisation for customers, with the addition of Vivid Red, Royal Mint, Black Damson and Bronze Metallic to 16MY leather palettes across the Vantage car lines.

Meanwhile, the striking Californian Poppy interior accent is now available for Vantage N430 and US-only Vantage GT buyers. Royal Mint, Spicy Red, Copper and Deep Purple stitching colours are new, too, along with revised alloy wheel designs.

New exterior colours Cinnabar Orange and Ultramarine Black debut on Vantage, too.

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Padraig Mallett is a professional motor journalist who has written articles for the likes of AOL Cars, Auto Express, carbuyer, Car Dealer Magazine and is also the editor of www.motacarblog.com

RMS Forum Comments

Woodcutter 15:56 | Thu 25 Jun, 2015 | Report
That basic design is so old now, Aston Martin is really getting left behind, it's pretty obvious they just don't have the cash for development of new models these days. Not feeling these 'Read Entire Article Here' links on RMS of late, especially as it takes you away from the page you were on, if these have to be done they'd be better as a new page opened up so you can stay on the forum page to comment. I would rather see it all here in the first place though and not be linked to a different location, perhaps just have a duplicate on the news & events page for non-members.
AlpineF30 21:46 | Thu 25 Jun, 2015 | Report
Facelift 6 years too late. Its an old looking car and does nothing for me. Also agree with @Woodcutter its really annoying having to click the read the full article.
Ghisallo 07:36 | Mon 29 Jun, 2015 | Report
"this new DB9 is identified by black painted splitter and diffuser, revised headlight and tail light treatments and new ten-spoke 20-inch alloy wheels. Black anodised brake calipers and a GT engraving on the aluminium fuel filler cap further distinguish the new model" These "new" Astons are totally tedious. Any modder does some basic mods to their own car might as well claim that they've in fact created a whole new model.
brendy 08:00 | Mon 29 Jun, 2015 | Report
I wouldnt say no...
Artoir 09:34 | Mon 29 Jun, 2015 | Report
I'm interested to see what they do with the AMG partnership. I used to pal about with one of the senior Aston engineers and would still see him for a beer now and then. They are still very much your typical low volume manufacturer, some of the stories were shocking and hilarious in equal measure. I think they've been profitable for a handful out of their 102 year existence. Would be a great shame to lose them though.
Cess 10:01 | Mon 29 Jun, 2015 | Report
| Not feeling these 'Read Entire Article Here' links on RMS of late, especially as it takes you away from the page you were on, if these have to be done they'd be better as a new page opened up so you can stay on the forum page to comment. I would rather see it all here in the first place though and not be linked to a different location, perhaps just have a duplicate on the news & events page for non-members.
If you scroll to the bottom of the article, there is a text box which should allow forum members to enter comments, which are then posted to the relevant forum thread. @Cooper might be able to advise if the articles could open up directly in a new window or new tab. Otherwise as a workaround, try right clicking on the link and opening in new tab that way - then you can have forum and article on two tabs or windows. Anyway, back on topic. Dave Richards of Prodrive fame bought AML on the premise of revamping the company but as all posters have said so far, actual new cars seem to be far off.


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