2007 Aston Martin DB9

Written by tonks on December 4, 2006

2007 Aston Martin DB9Sleek and low-slung, the DB9 is available as a two-seat Volante convertible or a 2+2 coupe. The DB9 replaced the preceding DB7 in 2004. Production is limited to 2,000 units per year worldwide.

For 2007, both versions receive updated power front seats that now include dual-stage heating, lumbar adjustments and electric seat-back releases. Also incorporated are side-impact airbags and occupant-sensing technology to determine at what force the front airbags will deploy in a collision.

A new optional Sport Pack takes the car’s already capable handling abilities up a notch. It includes revised dampers, springs and front anti-roll bar. The Sport Pack lowers the car by six millimeters and also features five-spoke lightweight forged aluminum alloy wheels.

The DB9’s handsome aluminum body is arguably one of the most attractive around, with a broad, deep front grille, typical of Aston Martin, between large oval headlamps. Graceful compound curves run rearward over a long hood to culminate in a short deck. The windshield is steeply raked and the roofline low. “Swan wing” doors open slightly upward (by 12 degrees) to ease entry and exit and prevent the doors from swinging too far open and getting dinged.

The DB9 comes powered by a 450-hp version of the 6.0-liter V12 engine that is also found in Aston Martin’s V12 Vanquish S, which for 2007 is no longer offered in the U.S. It can be mated to a six-speed manual or an automatic transmission that employs electronic gear changing and can be taken through the gears manually via paddles behind the steering wheel.

Top speed is claimed to be in excess of 186 mph. Fuel economy is estimated to be 11 mpg city/19 mpg highway with the manual transmission and 10 mpg city/18 mpg highway with the automatic, which subjects it to the federal gas-guzzler tax.

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