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2013 Aston Martin DB9

Wednesday, February 20th 2013. | Aston Martin

Aston Martin calls the new DB9 the best ever yet—and it’s quite difficult to disagree. The Aston Martin DB9 is in its ninth year, and has never received any major upgrades—until this year. With 50% of all its parts completely replaced and 70% of its body panels all new, the new Aston Martin DB9 is easily the most timeless luxury grand tourer—not a sports car, just to be clear—in the market.

At the heart of this impressive grand tourer is uncompromising power matched with impressive efficiency ratings. Unsurprisingly, the new Aston Martin DB9 packs the most power in its generation, with its 6.0-liter AM11 V12 engine that can go up to 62 mph in just 4.6 seconds, with a top speed of up to 186 mph. But it also puts a premium on minimizing carbon emissions, with its CO2 reduction, saving 12g per kilometer.

2013 Aston Martin DB9 side

In the luxury grand tourer market, any design is bound to go out of style in five years. This is exactly the trend that the designers of DB9 want to work against, spending insane an amount of energy and time to make its exterior styling and design classic and timeless, and make it an embodiment of artistry in the competitive grand tourer segment.

It is available in two trims a coupe and a Volante convertible, both of which come with the same V12 engine. Its body, bonded by an aluminum frame, is not just meant for aesthetics; it is also designed to reduce weight and add lightness. Every exterior styling is designed to exactness, the door handles recessed and the hood descends low enough to avoid the bumper cut, to single out a few. Its exquisite exterior, as its designers call it, is a marriage of art and science, making it not only perfectly proportioned but also highly aerodynamic.

2013 Aston Martin DB9 back

Its ageless and aesthetic appeal continues with its interior details, with a cabin fitted with leather, wood, or carbon-fiber trim. Featuring ‘race track stitching’, the DB9 also features a distinctive pinstripe meticulously custom-made by craftsmen for a perfect finish.

The LCD Touchscreen features an infotainment and navigation system, complementing the glamorous and upscale interior of this luxury grand tourer. The front seats are well shaped, with the rear seats a bit more spacious than its rivals.

2013 Aston Martin DB9 front

Both the tech and safety features of the DB9 are a welcome supplement to the critic favorite 2013 DB9, including electrically adjustable sports seats with side airbags, dual-stage driver/front passenger front airbags, and heated front seats. Meeting the standards for safety and technology for a luxury grand tourer, the 20134 DB9 is good to go.

Standard features include Bluetooth connectivity, satellite navigation, USB connectivity, trip computer, organic electrolumiscent displays, rearview camera system, automatic headlights, and cruise control. Premium audio brand Band & Olufsen audio system is its provider of sound experience.

For its standard equipment, pricing for the 2013 DB9 starts at $185,000—a lower price tag that can be upgraded to include other optional equipment like a 20-inch five-spoke alloy to 20-inch ten-spoke alloy, personalized sill plaques, and a black alcantara steering wheel to name a few.

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