The 2013 Aston Martin DB9 may not be a pure supercar, but it’s not exactly a pure gran turismo, either. According to the company, the new 2013 DB9 – which theoretically replaces both the outgoing DB9 and the short-lived Virage – is essentially the best of both worlds.
We previously reported the Virage model would be dropped from Aston Martin’s packed portfolio in favor of a hotter, slightly more sport-oriented DB9. From what Aston’s revealed thus far, those predictions appear close to the mark. Aston says the new DB9 sheds the role of a pure grand touring model, and is instead now a “Sports GT.” We’re not picky on how Aston wants to sell the DB9; we’re just glad to see a little less clutter in its lineup.
The biggest changes to the 2013 DB9 come in the form of some upgraded running gear. Engineers tweaked the 5.9-liter V-12 by giving it a new head and a revised block among other things, which bumps the power output from 470 to 510 horsepower and 443 to 457 pound-feet of torque. That's enough to leapfrog the old Virage, which produced 490 horsepower, and match the old DBS' 510 horsepower (for reference, the DBS' replacement, the Vanquish, makes 565 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque). The 2013 DB9's power is enough to rocket the car to 62 mph in 4.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 183 mph. Aston Martin fits Brembo-designed carbon ceramic brakes as standard, and are roughly 28 pounds lighter than their non-carbon predecessors. 20-inch aluminum wheels are standard, but buyers can choose from several different designs.
To ensure bystanders know just how quick the new DB9 is, Aston Martin offers two Carbon Pack options packages that replace stock interior and exterior bits with swathes of carbon fiber. The exterior carbon fiber package includes a front splitter, rear diffuser, mirror arms and caps, and tailpipes. The interior carbon package adds carbon fiber trim on the door pulls, shift paddles, and center stack.
Predictably, the interior is also filled with leather: it's now available to line the roof, and the Virage's cool "leather welts," which are brightly colored leather piping on the quilted leather seats and door panels, are standard. As with many other Astons, select switches are made out of glass, as is the key fob.
As was previously the case, the 2013 DB9 will be available in coupe and convertible (Volante) bodystyles; though we consider the Rapide essentially a four-door DB9, Aston has yet ton confirm these same upgrades for its shapely sedan. Pricing for the 2013 DB9 coupe starts at $185,400; although the convertible's price hasn't been announced, expect it to command a few thousand more than its fixed-roof sibling. Aston says the order rolls are presently open, so if the 2013 DB9 sounds like a good idea to you, contact your closest Aston Martin retailer post haste.
Source: Aston Martin