Launched by Aston Martin in 2004, the DB9 is a grand touring performance vehicle, and is the first new car to be built at Aston’s Gaydon facility. Many amateur car enthusiasts are unaware that the name “DB” stems from David Brown, the owner of Aston Martin for a sizeable part of its history. The DB9 was designed by Ian Callum and finished by his successor, Henrik Fisker, and was created to supersede the newly-discontinued Aston Martin DB7 (also by Callum) which hit the production lines in 1994.
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The DB9 is available in two variants; the coupe and a “Volante” convertible, both of which have 6.0 L 450 brake horsepower (335 kW) V12 engine taken from its sister car the V12 Vanquish. The Vanquish engine does however produce 10 bhp (7 kW) more. Interestingly, this V12 engine is why Aston Martin did not call the car the DB8, which may have confused consumers into believing that the car only had eight cylinders. However, another rumor has made its way around suggesting that Aston Martin believed that this car was such a huge leap from the Jaguar XJ-S that it named it DB9 instead of DB8, intending to indicate a gradual evolution. Sales have continued to soar and as of 2004 production is expected be up to five thousand units a year, which is roughly the same as its tough rivals, in particular, the Ferrari F430 and Porsche 911 Turbo.
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The DB9 was essential to ensure Aston Martin’s continued survival into the 21st century despite its past financial troubles. However, CEO Dr. Ulrich Bez had to alert Aston loyalists that production numbers of the new DB9 would be slightly higher than previous models which some may see as resulting in a declined value of the vehicle, which would result from some of its appeal stemming from its exclusivity. However, the Aston assured it would still retain only a small statistical percentage of the high-end sports car market despite the change. Go here for more specs on the Aston Martin DB9. You can also receive instant vehicle shipping rates for the Aston Martin DB9.<< Back to Vehicle Index