The Aston Martin DB9 first premiered in 2005, and the 2009 model year marks the first major redesign of the model. The first generation got so many things right that it cast a glare on the few things that went wrong. The V12 engine was a marvel, but throttle response was slow at best, meaning that the power would really get on a few seconds after you first wanted it. The transmission was finicky, too. So, with a redesign, how does the new 2009 DB9 Volante convertible model stack up? Just fine, thank you.
The 5.9-liter V12 engine from the original is back, but new tuning and the addition of new oil system and revised compression ratios boosts the horsepower and torque up to 470 and 443 lb-ft, respectively. And that power is now well-applied to the road thanks to a hydraulic transmission control unit that downplays the troubles of the original transmission. Also, the Sport driving mode has a rev-sync feature that makes the shifts cleaner and smoother.
The suspension has also received a brush-up that was inspired by the DBS variant. The DBS is a performance-geared Aston Martin model that is based off of the DB9′s chassis, but outfitted with a firmer suspension and a few other tweaks. Many of those suspension enhancements make their way to the new DB9, providing a nice increase in handling ability, but not making the chassis so firm as to be uncomfortable on bumpier roads.
And now, on to the big test: the roof. The Volante model is the convertible DB9 variant, and it faces a stiff task. The car has a lot of power and, as a coupe, a lot of body rigidity. Will the removal of the hard-top hinder the Volante? The answer is both yes and no. Yes, because the Volante has not received enough special treatment to make is handle as well as a DB9 coupe. The loss of rigidity is noticeable when you’re taking hard corners. On the other hand, the Volante will not likely see service as an edge-of-your-seat daredevil. It is a proper touring convertible that looks incredible, it is comfortable (check out the gallery link below to take a look at the marvelously furnished interior), and it’s a pleasure to drive.
Will the DB9 Volante handle like a finely-tuned sports car? Nope. If you want an Aston that can provide a true white-knuckle experience, check out the DBS variant. But, if you want to cruise in style and feel the wind in your hair, then there are few better options than the 2009 DB9 Volante. Provided, of course, that you have $201,300 needed to buy one.