Last weekend - at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, which takes place every year at the Earl of March's estate in West Sussex, UK - Aston Martin unveiled the 2016 DB9 GT, which according to this luxury British sports car maker, is its most compelling production ‘DB’ to date.
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 past greats such as the 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 a DB9 can be.
Fundamental to the DB9 GT's unique appeal is its uprated 6.0L V12 petrol engine, which is capable of generating 540 hp at 6750 rpm, and 457 lb-ft of torque at 5500 rpm.
The all-alloy, quad overhead cam, 48-valve, front mid-mounted V12 is mated to the proven rear mid-mounted Touchtronic II six-speed transmission with electronic shift-by-wire control system. It carries the British luxury sports car maker’s core GT offering from rest to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds, and on to a top speed of 295 km/h.
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.
Most notable 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, USB ports, plus Bluetooth audio streaming, this new system delivers superb connectivity and entertainment.
Ian Minards, Product Development Director at Aston Martin, explained: “Refining the DB9’s already impressive attributes into what we have today in the DB9 GT has been a careful and delicate process. Maintaining the effortlessly refined nature of our core GT sports car, while boosting power and introducing state-of-the-art infotainment systems, has required fine judgements and painstaking engineering. I’m confident the result, in the shape of the DB9 GT, represents the very best of what (the) DB9 can be, and sets the standard for luxury grand tourers in this class.”
From the outside, the 2016 DB9 GT is distinguished by subtle GT badges, 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 tops up the visual changes for this new model.
For those who wish to further personalise their DB9 GT can opt for carbon fibre tail lamp inserts, side strakes, front splitter and rear diffuser; graphite, diamond-turned ten-spoke alloy wheels and alternative brake caliper colors.
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, further distinguish the new car.
Aston Martin's Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman, said: “The purity of form and proportion, together with a lithe powerful, stance, remain at the core of what the DB9 is to look at. With these changes, we have made the DB9 GT yet more stylish, while retaining its unmistakable and globally renowned identity.”
The DB9 GT is now available to order in markets around the world. Canadian pricing starts at $245,000.