DB9 coupe (2013MY on)
DB9 coupe (2013MY on)

DB9 coupe (2013MY on)

(2012 - 2015)   2013MY, 2014MY & 2015MY

By 2012, the original DB9 had been the mainstay of the Aston Martin range for nine years and demand had wained. Indeed, it had been as good as replaced by the V12 Virage in the spring of 2011. Yet the upstart V12 Virage only lasted in production for a year before it was itself replaced by the 'new' MY2013 DB9. The 'new' DB9 was in fact a significant development of the short lived V12 Virage and was outwardly very similar indeed. Yet underneath the DB9 was fitted with the revised and more powerful AM11 engine, also fitted to the VH310 Vanquish. It was also the first car of the 4th generation (Gen4) of cars using the VH architecture offering enhanced chassis dynamics with improved ride quality and handling. Nearly 50% of all parts and more than 70% of all body panels are changed from the original DB9.

DB9 coupe (2013MY on)

The Gen4 VH architecture features significant changes to the underbody structure which includes lowering the engine by 19mm. This has principally been done for compliance with the latest European Pedestrian Protection regulation without the need for complex deployable systems. That said, lowering of the engine has contributed to lowering the centre of gravity of the DB9 as a whole improving handling and driver response. The ‘new’ DB9 has a 20% increase in stiffness over the original model, it is also 15 kg lighter too.

The AM11 spec engine in the ‘new’ DB9 is exactly the same as fitted to the range topping Vanquish, but has been tuned to suit the character of the DB9. With peak power of 510 bhp, it is 40 bhp more powerful than the 2009MY DB9, 20 bhp more powerful than the previous Virage is therefore equal to the previous range topping GT, the DBS. As with the later original DB9 and Virage, the Gen4 DB9 is only available with six speed Touchtronic transmission with no manual option.

The ‘new’ DB9 braking system uses drilled Brembo Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) discs and monoblock calipers. The brakes are around 12.5kg lighter than a conventional system and on a GT in the price range of the DB9, CCM braking technology is rarely fitted as standard.

The 2013MY DB9 features Aston Martin’s ‘Gen4’ VH architecture version of the Adaptive Damping System (ADS). This next generation of ADS has been enhanced to include three modes; Normal, to deliver the greatest ride comfort, Sport, focused at delivering sharper handling and Track mode, where the damping operates within the range of the stiffest settings.

As with the previous Virage, the same 20 inch wheels come as standard, either 5 spoke as standard or a 10 spoke wheel as a cost option. In addition a new 10 spoke sport wheel, previously available on the DBS is available each of which is a kilo lighter than the standard wheel. Pirelli P Zero tyres are standard fit on the DB9 although Pirelli P Zero Corsa performance tyres are a cost option.

Two small but useful additions to the 2013MY DB9 are automatic rain sensing wipers and also headlights which automatically turn on and off according to the light levels in the surrounding environment. The ‘new’ DB9 can be specified as a 2+2 or as a 2+0 with lightweight seats use a carbon fibre and Kevlar composite structure, manufactured by Belco Avia,  who also supply the motorsports and aerospace industries. By specifying the lightweight seats, their is a significant weight saving of 17 kg per car.

Identifying the ‘new’ DB9 from the outgoing Virage is really quite difficult. All of the special features of the Virage such as the aerosol section front grille, revised side strake design, bi-xenon headlights, glass switches and the welt feature in the interior. One way is that the DB9 has a pronounced flip-up on the boot lid. Also as an option, the DB9 can be specified with an exterior carbon pack comprising carbon fibre front splitter, rear diffuser, exterior mirror heads and mirror arms as well as a graphitic finish tail pipe trim.

Production of the revised DB9 ended in the Summer of 2015 and the car was replaced by the more powerful DB9 GT.

  • Body/Coachwork:
    • Two-door Coupe/Volante body style with 2+2 seating
    • Extruded bonded aluminium VH structure
    • Aluminium and composite body panels
    • Extruded aluminium door side-impact beams
    • Single bi-xenon headlamps with integrated LED side lights and direction indicators
    • Clear LED rear lamps
    • Titanium Silver lower front bumper and side strake meshes
    • Powerfold exterior heated mirrors
    • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Interior:
    • Full-grain leather interior
    • Walnut facia trim with graphite centre console finish and Titanium Silver surround
    • Leather sports steering wheel
    • Electrically adjustable sports seats with side airbags
    • Memory seats and exterior mirrors (three positions)
    • Dual-stage driver/front passenger front airbags
    • Heated front seats (sports seats only) – Heated rear screen
    • Automatic temperature control
    • Organic Electroluminescent (OEL) displays
    • Trip computer
    • Cruise control
    • Bluetooth® telephone preparation
    • Satellite navigation
    • Auto-dimming interior rear-view mirror
    • Optional auto-dimming interior rear-view mirror with garage door opener (USA and Canada only)
    • Satellite radio system (USA only)
    • Tyre pressure monitoring system
    • Alarm and immobiliser
    • Remote control central door locking and boot release
    • Glass ECU
    • Aston Martin Tracking by Cobra (UK only)
    • LED map reading lights
    • Boot-mounted umbrella
    • Lamy pen and pen holder
    • 700-watt Aston Martin Premium audio system with Dolby® Pro Logic II® including six-CD autochanger
    • Integrated Apple iPod® connector 4 – USB Connector with Waveform Audio Format (WAF), Windows Media Audio (WMA) and MPEG (MP3) audio file compatibility
    • 3.5 mm auxiliary input socket
  • Engine:

    • All-alloy, independent quad variable camshaft timing, 48-valve, 5,935 cc V12 
    • Compression ratio 11.0:1
    • Front-mid mounted engine, rear-wheel drive
    • Fully catalysed stainless steel exhaust system with active bypass valves
    • Max power: 517 PS (510 bhp) at 6,500 rpm
    • Max torque: 620 Nm (457 lb ft) at 5,500 rpm

  • Transmission:

    • Rear mid-mounted ‘Touchtronic ll’ six-speed transmission with electronic shift-by-wire control system
    • Alloy torque tube with carbon fibre propeller shaft
    • Limited-slip differential
    • Final drive ratio 3.46:1

  • Steering:

    • Rack and pinion, servotronic speed-sensitive power-assisted steering, 3.0 turns lock-to-lock
    • Column tilt and reach adjustment

  • Wheels and tyres:
    • 20-inch five-spoke cast alloy silver painted wheels
    • Front wheel: 8.5J x 20-inch
    • Rear wheel: 11J x 20-inch
    • Front tyre: Pirelli P Zero 245/35 ZR20
    • Rear tyre: Pirelli P Zero 295/30 ZR20
    • Tyre repair kit
  • Suspension:

    • Lightweight aluminium front subframe with hollow castings
    • Front: Independent double wishbone incorporating anti-dive geometry, coil springs, anti-roll bar and monotube adaptive dampers
    • Rear: Independent double wishbones with anti-squat and anti-lift geometry, coil springs, anti-roll bar and monotube adaptive dampers
    • Three-stage adjustable Adaptive Damping System (ADS) with Normal, Sport and Track modes

  • Brakes:

    • Front: ventilated carbon ceramic discs, 398 mm diameter with six-piston monobloc calipers
    • Rear: ventilated carbon ceramic discs, 360 mm diameter with four-piston monobloc calipers
    • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with track mode
    • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
    • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
    • Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)
    • Traction control (TC)

  • Dimensions:
    • Length 4720 mm (inc. front number plate plinth)
    • Width 2061 mm (inc. mirrors)
    • Height 1282 mm
    • Wheelbase 2740 mm
    • Fuel capacity 78 lites (17.15 UK galls/20.6 US galls)
    • Kerb weight Coupe 1785 kg / 3930 lb 
  • Performance:

    • Acceleration: 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 4.6 seconds
    • Max speed: 295 km/h (183 mph)
    • Fuel economy: Urban – 13.1, Extra-Urban – 28.3, Combined – 19.8
    • CO2 emissions: 333g/km