The Aston Martin DB9 launched in 2004 following its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show the previous year. A replacement for the much-lauded DB7, the DB9 was offered as a coupé and a convertible, the latter being known as the Volante.
The DB9 is an interesting car for a number of reasons, not least the fact that its bodyshell is a bonded-and-riveted aluminium and composite structure. This makes the car twice as rigid as the DB7 while simultaneously being up to 25% lighter. (It also, of course, all but rules out the possibility of any structural corrosion, something that was the bane of many a classic Aston…)
The 5.9-litre, V12 engine delivers 510bhp and 457lb/ft of torque, significant figures that deliver both staggering performance and an intoxicating noise.
Available as both a manual and a six-speed ZF ‘Touchtronic’ automatic, the later DB9s have an unrestricted top speed of 186mph after passing 62mph in well under five seconds.