The Aston Martin DB9 is the most famous car produced by the Aston Martin Lagonda Limited Company in all ninety years of its history. Originally, this car was sold during the 1950s and 1960s. It was resurrected again in the mid 1990s and has been flourishing ever since. Thanks to these cars being featured in several James Bond movies, the DB9 is indelibly stamped on the pop culture consciousness of society. The Aston Martin DB9 is thus a symbol of both the company’s past and future, and the latest2011 model is a wonder to behold. The base model of the car is available for around $180,000, with the convertible version retailing for around $193,500.
Power & Performance
The 2011 DB9 has a 6.0-liter V12 engine that can produce up to 470 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. You have the choice of either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission with paddles shifters. No matter which transmission you select, you’ll find it located at the rear transaxle, which provides the car with a better weight distribution.
This car is an incredibly fun car to drive. One minute you’re driving down the street in a respectable fashion, but with just the touch of the throttle the next minute you’re barreling down the road like a speed devil. Although you wouldn’t expect a car like the DB9 to respond very well to steering and brakes and change directions quite easily and immediately, it does. However, the DB9 does not do as well when faced with sharp turns.
Interior & Exterior
The latest Aston Martin DB9 model is offered in both a 2+2 coupe style and a convertible body style. The convertible drop-top version is called the Volante (which means “flying” in Italian). There are many different color options available for the car, from the color of the soft top of the Volante to the color of the leather interior. You can request that your car be painted in just about any color every used by Aston Martin or other manufacturers – the choices are almost endless.
Once you’ve chosen your color scheme though, the rest of the car comes pretty standard. Every DB9 comes with 19-inch wheels, a two-mode active suspension, power-folding mirrors, a limited slip differential, cruise control, rear parking sensors, automatic climate control and xenon headlamps. You’ll also find full leather interior trim, a navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity, a premium audio system, six CD changed, iPod interface, an auxiliary audio jack, and satellite radio.
Safety & Reliability
Safety features that come standard on the 2011 Aston Martin DB9 includes antilock brakes with brake assist, front side airbags, rear parking sensors and traction and stability control. You can add front parking sensors to the car if you choose. If you purchase the Volante, it comes with automatically deploying rollover bars.
This post was provided by Ryan Embly from the cheap car rental website CarRentalExpress.
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