DB9 coupe (MY2004 on)
DB9 coupe (MY2004 on)

DB9 coupe (MY2004 on)

(2003 - 2008)

MY2004, MY2005, MY2006, MY2007 & MY2008

The brand new DB9 made a huge impact at the 2003 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). Every UK motor magazine made the DB9 their front page feature - be in no doubt, the unveiling of the DB9 heralded the true start of a whole new era for Aston Martin. The DB9 was the first of what has become an extensive range of production and race Aston Martins to use VH architecture.

DB9 coupe (MY2004 on)

The intention was that it was to be the ‘GT’ offering’ in the fast growing AM range as it had occasional rear seats but it was also been engineered to behave like a sportscar. The car was powered by a third generation 450 bhp version of the 5.9 litre V12 developed from that in the V12 Vanquish; initially produced by Cosworth Technology in the UK, the production of which moved to the Aston Martin Engine Plant in Cologne, Germany in September 2004. The DB9 itself is built in a purpose built state of the art facility at Gaydon, Warwickshire; part of a much larger site which is also shared with other brand members of the former Premier Automotive Group (Land Rover & Jaguar) and the British Motor Industry Heritage Centre.

The DB9 above has been especially sectioned to show the VH platform. The individual die-cast, extruded or stamped aluminium elements of the VH platform are bonded with strong adhesives and self-piercing rivets to make a lightweight but stiff backbone. Indeed the DB9 bodyshell weighs 25% less than that of the DB7 but has twice the torsional rigidity. The VH platform was never shared with any other vehicle from the Ford family, but a shortened wheelbase version is also used on the V8/V12 Vantage and a longer version on the four door Rapide.

The interiors of Aston Martins have always been very special places to be. Never overfilled with gadgets and toys but beautifully tailored with the finest of materials. The DB9 followed that theme with acres of Bridge of Weir leather, aluminium and wood. The use of wood in the interior was different from previous Astons, with a choice of walnut, mahogany and bamboo; it’s finish was described as oiled rather than polished and appeared structural. The most pleasing part in the cabin was the starter button made of glass, sand etched with the Aston Martin wings logo; a feature that carried through all models until it’s replacement by the ‘Emotion Control Unit’ on the 2009MY cars.

When launched, the DB9 was only available with Touchtronic 2 transmission. A manual gearbox became optional with 2005MY cars from March 2005 and even though it cost £3,000 less than the auto, it was seldom specified by customers. It has been claimed that as few as 5% of the entire DB9 production were actually built with the six speed Graziano transmission making them very rare and highly desirable.

  • Body/Coachwork:
    • Two door coupe with 2+2 seating
    • Extruded bonded aluminium VH body structure with aluminium, magnesium alloy and composite body. Extruded aluminium door side impact beams
    • Xenon high Intensity discharge (HID) front projector headlamps (halogen full beam). Full LED rear lighting.
    • Heated, electrically adjusted door mirrors, powerfold (optional 2005MY, standard from 2006MY).
    • Reversing parking sensors (optional 2005MY, standard from 2006MY)
    • Heated rear screen, optional front screen heating
    • Painted 7 bar grille, bright grille optional, front parking sensors (2007MY)
    • Drag Coefficient 0.35 Cd
  • Interior:
    • Full Bridge of Weir leather interior with Walnut facia veneers as standard. Optional veneers, Mahogany and Bamboo, Piano Black from 2006MY
    • Polished aluminium and painted alloy details, clear glass backlit starter button
    • Six (later ten) direction electrically controlled front seats (including height adjustment) with optional seat heaters, standard from 2006MY, dual stage from 2007MY
    • Organic electroluminescent (OEL) displays in yellow, white from 2006MY
    • CFC free automatic climate control
    • Driver and front passenger dual-stage airbags and front passenger side airbags
    • Linn stereo entertainment system with 6 CD auto-changer with 128W power output as standard, 260W with Limbik 5.1 optional or 950W with Dolby Pro Logic II, 10 speakers and sub-woofer optional. Menus for audio, sat-nav and vehicle security and optional menus for integrated in-car telephone.
    • Aston Martin Audio system with radio, 6 CD autochanger and 700W with 5.1 surround sound Dolby Pro Logic II as standard from 2008MY
    • Integrated GSM telephone optional, Bluetooth optional, standard from 2006MY
    • Full colour DVD satellite navigation system, (optional 2005MY and standard from 2006MY).
    • Alarm system interacting with the central locking system and PATS immobiliser system. Tracker Horizon (UK standard), upgraded 2007MY
    • Rear Parking distance sensors, Cruise control (optional, standard from 2006MY).
    • Tyre pressure sensing system (optional, standard from 2006MY). Umbrella (optional, standard from 2006MY)
  • Engine:
    • Front mid-mounted all aluminium alloy 60° V12. Quad overhead camshafts with four valves per cylinder. Engine number prefix AM04/
    • Bore 89 mm. Stroke 79.5 mm. Capacity 5935cc. Compression ratio 10.2:1
    • Max power 450 bhp @ 5750rpm
    • Max torque 420 lb/ft @ 5000rpm
    • Power to weight ratio of 256bhp/tonne
    • Fuel System & Ignition System: Multi-point sequential electronic fuel injection system. Ignition: Visteon EEC V transistorised engine management system controlling fuel injection, ignition and on board diagnostic system
    • Stainless steel exhaust system with by-pass valve , 2 three-way catalytic converters
  • Transmission:
    • Rear mid-mounted ‘Touchtronic 2’ ZF 6HP26 six speed with ‘Shift by wire’ gear shift technology. Magnesium gear selection paddles and PRND buttons on the centre console
    • Optional rear mounted Graziano Six speed manual with integrated shifter bellcrank system (cable operated), hydraulically operated twin plate clutch from 2005MY
    • Alloy torque tube with carbon fibre propeller shaft
    • Final Drive, limited slip differential. Ratio 3.54:1 (manual), 3.15:1 (Touchtronic 2)
  • Steering:
    • ZF Rack and pinion , servotronic speed sensitive power assisted, 3.0 turns, lock-to-lock
    • Column tilt and reach adjustments
  • Wheels and tyres:
    • Unique Aston Martin 10 spoke aluminium alloy wheels, 8.5J x 19 front and 9.5J x 19 rear
    • Sportspack wheel from 2007MY, Lightweight forged aluminium alloy wheels, 8.5J x 19″ front, 9.5J x 19″rear on coupe
    • 15 spoke diamond turned 19 inch wheels optional from 2007MY
    • Bridgestone REO 50 235/40 ZR 19 tyres front, Bridgestone REO 50 275/35 ZR 19 rear
  • Suspension:
    • Front: Forged aluminium independent double wishbone incorporating anti-dive geometry. Coil over aluminium, monotube dampers with anti-roll bar.
    • Rear: Forged aluminium independent double wishbone incorporating longitudinal control arms, coil over aluminium monotube dampers with anti-roll bar.
  • Brakes:
    • Front: 355mm ventilated and grooved steel discs with four piston monoblock calipers
    • Rear: 330mm ventilated and grooved steel discs with four piston monoblock calipers. Independent handbrake callipers on rear disc
    • Conti Teves Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Anti-lock braking activation system (ABS), Electronic Braking Distribution (EBD), Traction Control System (TCS), Electronic Brake Assist (EBA)
    • Optional Coloured brake calipers, black, red, silver
  • Dimensions:
    • Length: 4710mm
    • Width: 1875mm excluding wing mirrors
    • Height: 1271mm, 1263mm from 2007MY (1261mm with sportspack)
    • Wheelbase: 2740mm
    • Front Track: 1568mm, 1571mm with Sportspack
    • Rear Track: 1562mm, 1568mm from 2007MY, 1577mm with Sportspack
    • Kerb Weight: initially quoted 1710kg manual, 1760kg auto, later revised to 1760kg & 1800kg respectively.
    • Fuel Tank Capacity: 80 litres (78 litres usable)
    • Boot Volume 154 litres (using VDA block method), 186 litres from 2007MY
  • Performance:
    • Top Speed: 186mph (manual and Touchtronic 2)
    • Acceleration: 0-62mph, 4.9 seconds (manual), 5.1 seconds (Touchtronic 2) CO2
    • Emissions, 421 g/kg (manual), 394 g/km (Touchtronic 2)
  • Price at launch:
    • 2004 (2005MY) £106,000 (Touchtronic 2), £103,000 (manual)
    • 2006 (2007MY) £112,750 (Touchtronic 2), £109,750 (manual)