A few weeks ago, we revealed the future plans of British sportscar manufacturer Aston Martin, which involved a plethora of new and refreshed models, from things like the Cygnet city car to a new Lagonda luxury SUV or improved DBS or Vantage editions.
Among them, around 2013, an upgraded DB9 was also scheduled. Now, for the 2011 model year, it seems that the British company decided to issue a slight refresh for its seven-year-old DB9 grand tourer.
As you can see in the images above, the 2011 Aston Martin DB9 isn’t all that different from the current model. Slight changes were made to the styling of the front fascia, while a new Adaptive Damping System was added, the same one featured by the DBS.
“The DB9 is the quintessential sporting grand tourer and offers an unrivaled combination of driver involvement, character, luxury and refinement. This car combines our unique Aston Martin character with an uncompromised design philosophy, craftsmanship and trademark Aston Martin performance ability,” revealed Dr Ulrich Bez, Aston Martin’s Chief Executive Officer.
As we revealed above, the British company operated slight changes to the front fascia. The radiator grille now boasts a bright finish, while the lower air intake has been reshaped, and also boasts a bright hexagonal mesh. The headlights have received new bezels, while the rest of the car enjoys revised side sills, silver brake calipers in contrast with the 20-spoke diamond turned alloy wheels. The rear of the 2011 DB9 now enjoys clear lights, for that extra dose of elegance.
Marek Reichman, Aston Martin’s Director of Design, explains: “The DB9 remains one of the world’s most beautiful sports cars and is instantly recognisable as an Aston Martin; the changes we have introduced here modernise the DB9 to keep it at the forefront of automotive design.”
By far the biggest change with the new British grand tourer is the addition of the Adaptive Damping System, designed to combine a more comfortable ride with an improved sense of handling, when you select the Sport mode. The new technology works so well that Aston has eliminated the optional DB9 Sport Pack from the list of extra features.
New systems were also added, like a tire pressure monitoring technology, a new Bluetooth system, as well as the option of a Bang & Olufsen hi-fi premium audio system.
“The DB9 was the first car built at Gaydon adopting the VH architecture. It has evolved every year since, with significant changes including a power upgrade and successive reductions in CO2 emissions. The latest package of improvements goes further than ever, highlighting the DB9’s qualities as a true sporting GT and underlining its role as the backbone car of our range,” Ian Minards, Aston Martin’s Product Development Director, said.
Besides the fresh additions, the powertrain is basically the same, not that anyone complained. The massive, naturally-aspirated 6.0-liter V12 still sits up front, developing 470 HP with 442 lb-ft of torque. You can choose between a regular six-speed manual gearbox or a Touchtronic 2 six-sped automatic, which also comes with paddles behind the steering wheel. No matter your choice, the 2011 DB9 sprints from 0 to 62 mpg in 4.6 seconds, and up to a top speed of 190 mph.
The 2011 Aston Martin DB9 is already in production, and deliveries will start in just a few weeks. The model, available in both standard coupe and Volante (Convertible) body styles, will start, at least in its native UK, from $183,875 for the Coupe, and $197,390 for the Volante.
Expect the model to hit the US market in the following months, seeing as how the DB9, together with the V8 Vantage, is the best selling Aston Martin of all time.