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2009 Aston Martin DB9

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Aston Martin cars have had a long history of being featured in James Bond films.  From the classic DB5 in the 1964 film Goldfinger to the most recent DBS in 2008′s Quantum of Solace.  The Aston Martin, and their flagship DB9 model, have become synonymous with cool.  The DB9, which originally launched in 2003 to replace the DB7 model, is an international symbol of what a luxury grand touring sports car should be.

The 2009 Aston Martin DB9 is a balancing act.  On the one side is extreme amounts of power and on the other is extreme luxury.  The car has a 5.9-liter V12 engine which 470 horsepower (up 20 over the 2008 model) and 443 lb-ft of torque.  This raw power is fed into a six-speed automated manual transmission with a computer controlled clutch.  The computer controls allow more seamless gear transitions and make acceleration even faster.  0-to-60 mph takes a mere 4.6 seconds, edging in on supercar times, yet the car still weighs 3,770 pounds.  The traditional manual transmisison option does slow the car down a little bit, but 0-to-6o is still accomplished in 4.8 seconds.

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The 2009 DB9 model also got some handling upgrades to tame the extra power.  Bilstein shocks and new suspension arms and bushings keep the car flat through corners and are strong enough to counteract the immense inertia generated by a car weighing a little less than 2 tons.

New 19-inch wheels with wide tires also help the car grip the road and serve as one of the main styling differences between the 2008 and 2009 model.  Aside from the wheels, most styling changes are very subtle.  The DB9 already had award-winning style, and the engineers didn’t want to fix something that wasn’t broken.  The front grille is now made of anodized aluminum and the door mirrors received a slight upgrade, but otherwise the styling remains similar, to the naked eye at least.

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What lies under the body is an entirely different case.  Advanced computer simulations allowed Aston Martin engineers to develop a body and chassis structure that has “invisible hard points.”  Essentially, the convergence of different chassis and body features at certain angles greatly strengthens the cars structural integrity despite having no outward appearance.  This design technology is so inclusive that even the license plate mounting site on the front bumper was taken into acoount in the design phase.

The interior is what you would expect from a car that can reach $200,000 with options.  Supple materials encase the seats and dsahboard, and a bevy of high-tech electronics are at the driver’s fingertips, including the requisite navigation system and high-fidelity stereo.

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The DB9 is the epitome of what is meant by the phrase “cruising in style.”  Guaranteed to turn heads wherever you drive it, the 2009 Aston Martin DB9, and indeed all Aston Martin vehicles, are truly a sight to behold.

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