12 years have passed since Aston Martin unveiled the DB9 to us back at the 2003 Frankfurt Motor Show and it’s received a number of tweaks and enhancements over the years. With talk of the DB11 replacement currently being tested, it seems as though Aston is giving the DB9 one more year in the spotlight before its successor arrives.
So what is new on the DB9 GT?
The most noticeable change is the engine output. Power is up to 540bhp which is 30bhp more than the DB9 currently has. That coupled with 457lb-ft of torque going through a slightly outdated six-speed automatic transmission takes the DB9 GT from 0-62mph in 4.5s and onto a top speed of 183mph. Even with the added power, the DB9 GT only gets from 0-62mph 0.1s quicker than the DB9. The DB9 GT hasn’t been on any particular diets as it retains the same weight as the DB9 at 1785kg.
Other new features include a few subtle GT badges spread around the exterior, an enhanced black painted front splitter, rear diffuser and rear wing and a nice set of 20 inch wheels.
Inside the car the DB9 GT gets Aston’s new touch sensitive infotainment system with redesigned menus and more options for personalisation, GT badged leather seats and an alcantara steering wheel.
The DB9 GT is designed to offer the best of what a DB9 can be and it lives up to that title with a host of upgrades to deliver a strong luxury grand tourer experience. Priced from £140,000, the DB9 GT will make its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed alongside the most incredible Aston lineup which includes the Lagonda saloon, Vantage GT12 and Vulcan hypercar.
For more information, visit the Aston website here.
By James Fothergill