Sunday, February 24, 2013

Aston Martin’s Updated $185,400 DB9 Coupe Gets its First Video Review

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The DB9 has a lot going for it. First of all its shape, which was designed by Ian Callum and finished off by Henrik Fisker who, as you know, has since moved on to pastures new and green.Then we have its underpinnings: its predecessor, the DB7, was based on the ancient Jaguar XJ-S, though with many changes. The DB9 was built around an all-new aluminum platform, dubbed VH (for vertical – horizontal) that is light years ahead in all respects.
It was also the first of a new range of modern Aston’s that would follow, like the Vantage, the DBS and the Rapide. Detractors may claim that Aston simply tweaks the same platform, styling and engines for all its models; but, really, who cares when they look so stylish?
The answer is the company itself as sales have been declining. You see, a fine car as it may be,Aston’s grand tourer was launched way back in 2004. Customers willing to shell out more than US$150K are spoiled for choice and, more often than not, aren’t willing to compromise.
Thus, the British luxury automaker unveiled a revamped DB9 at the recent Paris Auto Show. It gave its 5.9-liter V12 a power boost, updated the chassis and used styling cues from the short-lived Virage for a subtle change in the looks department.
British publication Autocar has tested the facelifted DB9 in coupe guise and you can learn Steven Sutcliffe’s verdict in the video right after the jump.
By Andrew Tsaousis



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