Aston Martin DB9 coupe: super fast car with sky-high emissions

Nov 1, 2012

What the motoring press is saying about the Aston Martin DB9

Price: £131,995

Pros: Classic looks, super fast but easy to drive, the V12’s sound is addictive

Cons: Thirsty with sky-high emissions, interior not as modern as rivals, no manual gearbox

3.6/5, Carbuyer
"The Aston Martin DB9 is one of the brand's core models, and is offered in two body styles, a four-seater coupe and convertible (called the Volante). You’d need nine Skoda Citigos to match its power, its 6.0-litre V12 engine producing 510bhp, putting it firmly in supercar territory. It's fast, but it's also luxurious, with sumptuous materials in the interior and luxury items such as a 700W stereo. Designed as a Grand Tourer, not an out-and-out sports car, the DB9 also oozes charm with its classical look – which has only been tweaked since the original's 2004 launch, as it takes on the Mercedes SL65 and the Bentley Continental GT. In an age of engine downsizing and drive-assistance gadgetry, the Aston Martin DB9 is unapologetically old school and much loved because of it."

4/5, Auto Express
"This new DB9 looks more modern, has a broader appeal and slots into the line-up neatly beneath the Vanquish. Despite a dated interior, there's a genuine sense of occasion whether you’re in it or looking at it. As always, the updated engine makes a superb sound, while adjustable suspension and carbon brakes make this is a comfortable, capable Grand Tourer with an added bonus - the Aston range is now easier to understand."

4.5/5, Evo
"Some will complain this DB9 looks too similar to the old one, but that's missing the point; the latest 911 looks similar to every other but is completely different to drive and it's the same with the DB9, which has matured into a class act and is now quite possibly the best Aston on sale today."

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