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Aston Martin vehicles open many doors with their stunning appearance, and the DB9 is no exception. Its aluminum bodywork flows elegantly from nose to tail, mesmerizing those in its wake. The cabin is comfortable (for two) and beautifully appointed, while the venerable V12 engine delivers smooth and seamless power.
Like its siblings, the rear seats of the DB9 are hopelessly useless. Its engine is strong, but the Aston Martin is still one of the slowest in the category. Lastly, it shares its standard satellite navigation system with the rest of the family — a unit which is frustratingly outdated and cumbersome in operation.
The DB9 was introduced eight years ago and is the automaker's oldest vehicle in the showroom today. Four years ago, Aston Martin treated it to a refresh when it upgraded the engine, reconfigured the interior and made some exterior tweaks. Last year, the automaker made minor cosmetic changes. It also fitted the DB9 with active suspension and discontinued the sports package. The 2012 model is mostly unchanged, but Aston Martin has dropped the slow-selling manual transmission option.
The 2012 Aston Martin DB9 is offered in two-door coupe or Volante (convertible) body styles. Each is only offered in one trim level. The coupe features a fixed aluminum roof, while the Volante models are equipped with a power-operated automatic multi-layer soft top with a heated glass rear window.
Both DB9 body styles share a naturally-aspirated 5.9-liter V12 rated at 470 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. The sole transmission is a rear mid-mounted six-speed automatic gearbox (Aston Martin calls it a Touchtronic 2) sending power to the rear wheels. According to the automaker, its DB9 will sprint to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and hit an aerodynamic wall at 186 mph.
Roofline aside, the coupe and convertible are configured much the same with regards to appointments. They both feature cabins upholstered in full-grain leather with walnut and aluminum trim, automatic climate control, satellite navigation, Bluetooth phone connectivity, an alarm system and a 700-watt audio system with iPod connectivity.
The options list includes two new special editions, called Luxury and Sport. The Luxury Edition, offered for both the coupe and Volante, features special white paint with a contrasting hood, 10-spoke forged alloy wheels and a metallic bronze leather interior. Sport Editions, for the coupe only, have a choice of black or silver paint, black painted wheels, black leather interior and a sport exhaust.
Stand-alone options include a 1,000-watt Bang & Olufsen audio upgrade, Alcantara sport steering wheel, a choice of 20-inch alloy wheels and an alarm upgrade. Aston Martin will also custom-tailor its vehicles as part of the company's bespoke program.
The EPA rates the fuel economy of the 2012 Aston Martin DB9 at 13 mpg city, 20 mpg highway and 15 combined.
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