New Aston Martin DB9 is Ready for New Market Challenges
|   Friday, June 28, 2013
The latest Aston Martin DB9 was unveiled a few weeks back and the first drive review of the vehicle is finally available. Like its predecessor, the new DB9 is also based on the VH platform designed by Aston Martin. However the VH is an efficient platform and the fact that a two door coupe (Vantage) and the four door sedan (Rapide) was built on the very platform proves its versatility.

However versatility does not cover for the problem areas associated with this platform, the basics include insufficient interior space and a heavy chassis.
Despite aluminum and carbon fiber usage 2 design the body of the vehicles, the DB9 weighs a mammoth 1789 kg, which is equivalent to that of the Audi A8 and the Jaguar XJ. However, the engine powering the DB9 is not actually new. In fact it was first previewed powering the Ford Indigo back in 1996.

The 3.0 liter Ford Duratec V6 engine was modified since and two engines were actually joined together to power the first generation Aston Martin DB7. This engine is still used to power many vehicles from Aston Martin and is still mated to the original eight speed transmission system. The latest DB9 features a V12C engine displacing 5935 cc and 510 BHP. This means that the latest DB9 produces 40 BHP more than its predecessor along with 21 BHP more than the model it is replacing, the Virage.

Although the platform does not help the cause, the DB9 still packs in sufficient amount of interior space. The carbon fiber designing does help and the torsion rigidity has been increased by a margin. The DB9 is stiffer than the Virage and this makes it a pleasure to drive. The double wishbone suspension with carbon ceramic brakes also reduces the weight of the car by 12.5 kg.

The original interior styling of the DB9 never left the car and has been carried forward to the current model as well. This maintains the original form of the vehicle and keeps the aesthetics intact. However, the six figure price tag is still associated with the DB9 and as a result premium quality can be expected from the makers.

The driving position has been modified by quite a bit and this makes it easier for taller drivers to drive the vehicle efficiently. Comfort is at an all time high and the positioning has been done perfectly. The steering column is well within the reach of the driver and the console is quite simple but well informed. The DB9 hits 60 MPH from a standstill in barely 4.6 seconds. Performance figures on this car are high although there are better options when it comes to sports vehicles.

The Porsche 911 for example could be available for half the price of the DB9, yet sport better performance figures than the DB9. Although the DB9's engine is quite perky at the high torque range, it lacks initial thrust which results in more time being needed to accelerate to 60 MPH.
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