Aston Martin has revealed the new DB9 GT edition – a special model that will effectively become the run-out edition of the long-running DB9 range as Aston prepares an all-new model currently dubbed DB11.
The DB9 GT is being called a ‘showcase of the very best of DB9’; it is also the most powerful production DB9 ever made and certainly one of the best-equipped.
At long last, Aston Martin has also introduced a thoroughly up-to-date infotainment system with the DB9 GT, which is likely to become a very collectable model amongst Aston Martin aficionados: after all, the DB9 really did mark the birth of the modern Aston Martin company at launch in 2003.
Priced from £140,000, the new DB9 GT makes its public debut at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend: here’s what festival fans can expect to see…
What does the DB9 GT look like?
Truth be told, the visual changes for the new Aston Martin DB9 GT over a regular model are subtle in the extreme. Intentionally so, says Aston Martin: it’s a celebration of DB9, rather than an all-new interpretation of it (all-new cars on the horizon serve that purpose…).
The DB9 GT gets a black front splitter and rear diffuser, subtly tweaked headlights and tail lights, plus a new design of 10-spoke 20-inch alloys.
The brake calipers are anodised in black, and owners will also spot a GT engraving on the aluminium fuel filler flap.
If it’s a bit too subtle for them, they can choose to add a carbon fibre finish for the tail light inserts, side strakes, front splitter and rear diffuser; they can also pick diamond-turned alloys and different brake calipers.
How fast is the DB9 GT?
Aston Martin has further uprated the 6.0-litre V12 engine in the DB9 GT: it now produces 547hp, combined with 457lb ft (620Nm) of torque. There’s never been a road-going DB9 as powerful as this.
It means the DB9 GT can accelerate from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in 4.5 seconds, and will go on to a top speed of 183mph (295km/h).
It’s quite a step on from the V12 fitted to the original DB9 back in 2003: that produced just 456hp, and it wasn’t until 2013 that a lift to 517hp came…
Aston’s kept its three-stage Adaptive Damping System and carbon-ceramic brakes for the DB9 GT; there are no suspension changes over the standard car.
What’s the Aston Martin DB9 GT like inside?
Aston’s kept the 2+2 seating layout for the DB9 GT, rather than reverting to a two-seater setup. It has stitched in ‘GT’ logos into the Glen Coe fluted leather front seats for a collectable detail.
A neat iridium trim pack marks out the DB9 GT’s dash, and the coupe gets an Alcantara steering wheel.
Aston also offers a bespoke range of options just for the DB9 GT, such as Ice Mocha or Copper Cuprum centre console finishes, duotone leather seats and a One-77-style steering wheel. All making an already-unique car even more of a one-off…
What’s special about the DB9 GT’s new infotainment system?
Aston Martin has fitted a long-awaited new touch-sensitive infotainment system on the new DB9 GT. AN evolution of the AMi system that rolled out on the Vanquish, this new AMi II setup is much more intuitive and modern to use.
It has a new menu structure that follows the clarity seen in other infotainment systems, and which Aston claims is far more user friendly.
It also has text message integration, a clearer vehicle status information menu and user-configurable background themes. It’s a ‘state-of-the-art’ infotainment system, reckons Aston product development director Ian Minards.
DAB, Bluetooth streaming and USB connectivity are also standard, for, claims Aston, ‘superb connectivity and entertainment simply and easily’.
How bespoke is the DB9 GT?
The DB9 GT is not the most bespoke-looking of Aston Martins, but this only adds to its appeal. As we’ve seen, the visual changes are subtle: perhaps the most obvious identifier is the GT badge at the rear.
But then, that GT badge does signify three things to Aston Martin enthusiasts: it’s the most powerful DB9 road car ever, it boasts a trick new infotainment system and, well, it’s the final DB9 edition!
Aston Martin 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.”
“I’m confident the result, in the shape of the DB9 GT, represents the very best of what DB9 can be, and sets the standard for luxury grand tourers in this class,” added Minards.
How has the Aston Martin DB9 changed over the years?
The Aston Martin DB9 was initially designed by Ian Callum, with his replacement Henrik Fisker bringing the final design into production (although Callum insists most of the design is his work). It was first shown at the 2003 Frankfurt Motor Show.
As you can see, the design has barely changed over the years. There was a mild facelift in 2008 (mainly focused on the interior centre console), and a more significant visual lift in 2013 that benefitted from details seen on the short-lived Virage.
The key changes are a crisper, tighter front end on the DB9 GT, more tightly sculpted side sills and a bigger aero tail at the rear. The famous side outlets in the front wings also now extend further back into the doors, and the alloys are much bigger.
Really, though, it’s been very much evolution rather than revolution in the 12 years of the Aston Martin DB9 – proof of how right the design was from the very beginning.
What else has Aston Martin done to its 2016 model year cars?
Aston Martin has also updated the Vantage and Rapide S for the 2016 model year, with colour, trim and tech updates for both. Why? Because “our process of consistent improvement, development and refinement of our core sports cars never stops,” said Aston CEO Dr. Andy Palmer.
Both Vantage and Rapide S get the new AMi II infotainment system that also appears in the DB9 GT; Aston says it incorporates new displays such as power and torque meters, which sporty Vantage drivers in particular should like.
There are new interior trim packs, while two new exterior colours of Cinnabar Orange and Ultramarine Black for the Vantage sound rather striking – as, indeed, do interior colour options of Vivid Red, Royal Mint, Black Damson and Bronze Metallic (yes, Bronze Metallic…).
The Vantage also get the touch-sensitive centre console already seen in other Aston Martins.
The 16MY Vantage and Rapide S models will roll out in autumn 2015; Aston will reveal market-specific pricing for each at a later date.