Elegance has a new face as the 2013 Aston Martin DB9 will wear a reworked design for the storied marque next year.
The luxury sports GT is iconic in its own right, a lovely two-seater that has aged handsomely in the years since replacing the legendary DB7 in 2004. For the new model year, the DB9 takes on elements of the One-77 hypercar and recently-unveiled Vanquish, such as more prominent angles on the front lip and rear ducktail lid. The trademark front grille has grown and LED lights have been implemented into the side strake.
It’s far from a dynamic redesign, but the new look suits the 2013 DB9 very well until Aston Martin ultimately decides to retool the car to better resemble the Vanquish. The DB9 is available as either a Coupe or Volante, and comes standard equipped with the usual luxury appointments such as full-grain leather interior, power Sport seats, satellite navigation and (U.S. only) rear-view camera.
Output is boosted thanks to the new Aston Martin V12 engine, tuned to make 510 horsepower and 457 lb.-ft of torque – both significant increases over the outgoing model. Performance also improves thanks to a lowered engine block, standard Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) brakes from Brembo, and an Adaptive Damping System (ADS) that can be set to Normal, Sport or Track settings.
The new design and increased performance will spell the end of the short-lived Virage model, which always seemed to fill a non-existent void between the DB9 and DBS, anyhow.
The new 2013 Aston Martin DB9 will reach some dealerships this October, but it is not clear when it’s coming stateside. When it does, expect a pricetag around $185,400 MSRP. Hey, take one look at the photos above and tell us that princely sum isn’t worth it.
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