Aston Martin, the great British sports car manufacturer, has been producing the DB9 since 2004; it is best described as a GT Sports Coupe. The DB9 is the first model to be built at Aston Martin’s Gaydon production facility in Warwickshire, UK. The DB9 is the predecessor to the DB7; both of these models have been designed by Ian Callum. The “DB” initials stand for David Brown, who owned Aston Martin for a significant period of time in its history.
Here is a little bit of humour and fact, the very popular British motoring TV show Top Gear decided the Aston Martin DB9 Coupe was too cool for its famous cool wall. So, the DB9 received its own category called “DB9 Sub Zero Fridge”, which as it sounds – was a mini fridge with the car’s card within it.
The DB7 was based on the Jaguar XJ-S but, the XJ9 is a completely new and different car hence it was decided to be called a DB9 rather than a DB8. If named DB8, then it may have seemed as more of an evolution of the DB7 rather than a revolution. The DB9 also comes with a V12 engine, not a V8, so the DB8 name may have suggested it comes with a V8.
Both the coupe and convertible variants of the DB9 come with a 5.9 litre V12 petrol engine. The sheer size of the engine produces diesel like low end grunt, helping the DB9 pull away even at low revs. The DB9 is available with a manual and automatic six speed gearbox, the auto box is also available as a paddle shift set-up.
The DB9 is a fine example of British Sport cars; it is beautiful, elegant, reliable and powerful. It appeals to everyone from a young city worker to a retired businessman.