With Aston Martin axing the Virage nameplate a few weeks ago, the British carmaker has indeed upgraded the DB9 to take over its spot in the brand's lineup.
"I am very excited to be unveiling the new DB9 now," said Aston Martin chief executive Dr. Ulrich Bez. "My team here at Gaydon has been working hard for many months to improve and update key aspects of this superb Sports GT, the mainstay of our sports car range. I believe the results to be exceptional. Aside from the undeniably beautiful exterior styling and now even more luxurious interior, there are many important and impressive engineering changes that demonstrate Aston Martin’s renowned ability to create compelling cars in the modern era."
The styling changes to the DB9 are reminiscent of the outgoing Virage. The upgraded DB9 now sports a more pronounced rear boot 'flip' to further enhance its aerodynamic performance. A large lower front grille feeds air to cool the standard carbon-ceramic braking system, while the front splitter serves to visually widen the car. The front grille, however, is inspired by the design of the One-77 supercar with its five horizontal vanes chamfered to create an aerofoil profile. The hood vents, meanwhile, are authentic zinc with distinctive vanes.
Inside, the DB9 adopts the leather welt feature first seen on the Virage. Inspired by luxury leather goods, the welts are created by sandwiching a narrow strip of leather between two opposing leather seat panels, and fixed using precise stitching. As an added option, a leather headliner can be specified for the DB9, with the large central panel finished in cowhide, while the cantrail trim and header trim remain Alcantara-colored.
Powering the DB9 is the new-generation AM11 V12 engine that produces 510hp and 620Nm, a significant improvement over the Virage's 490hp and 570Nm numbers.
The upgraded DB9 is available in either Coupe or Volante (convertible) body styles.