The new Aston Martin DB9 will carry the looks inspired by the Virage, as our latest spy photos show
24 August 2012

The revised Aston Martin DB9 coupe and Volante models have been spied almost completely undisguised near the Gaydon firm’s Nurburgring test facility.

The pictures reveal that the revised DB9 will feature a new look inspired by the Virage, the GT Aston launched last year to bridge the gap between the DB9 and the DBS.

The overhaul to the DB9 range is also likely to feature many of the updates Aston Martin brought in for the DBS-replacing Vanquish, including the all-new interior. It is not known however if the Vanquish’s carbonfibre bodywork and part-carbonfibre VH platform will carryover to the DB9, or if Aston will want to preserve these exclusive – and costly – updates for the £190,000 flagship.

Dynamic tweaks that could feature on the revised DB9 include the latest-generation chassis stability and traction control systems from the Vanquish, plus the revised adaptive dampers and steering system.

The Virage influences in the styling of the revised DB9 are clear. Both the front and rear ends look borrowed from the DB9‘s more expensive sibling.

The more technical looking bi-xenon front headlights are new to the DB9, as is the five-bar metal grille and the bumper at the front. At the rear, the Virage carryovers include an angular diffuser with integrated twin exhausts, plus the revised taillights. One bespoke feature to help differentiate the DB9 is a pronounced ‘kick’ at the edge of the bootlid.

Aston engineers are likely to have liberated more power from the DB9‘s 5.9-litre V12 engine, which produces 470bhp in the current car. Updates to the engine for the Vanquish included variable valve timing, new heads, bigger inlet valves and throttle bodies, and new manifolds.

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24 August 2012

Enough is enough. All Astons look the same and have done for many years now.

Yes they do look good but i'm soo tired of it now and i would have no idea how each model sits in the range.

And i think their chief designer is a lazy as the Porsche 911 chief designer!

 

24 August 2012

mjg1970 wrote:

Enough is enough. All Astons look the same and have done for many years now.

Yes they do look good but i'm soo tired of it now and i would have no idea how each model sits in the range.

And i think their chief designer is a lazy as the Porsche 911 chief designer!

 

 

I thought "EXACTLY" the same here....

24 August 2012

I even thought twice about clicking to read the article. All Astons are looking the same. Don't give me 'pronounced bootlids' and all that nonsense. And as rocketscience and mjg say, no-one understands where all these names and variants fit into the range. And, dare I say it, who actually cares any more.

28 August 2012

rocketscience wrote:

mjg1970 wrote:

Enough is enough. All Astons look the same and have done for many years now.

Yes they do look good but i'm soo tired of it now and i would have no idea how each model sits in the range.

And i think their chief designer is a lazy as the Porsche 911 chief designer!

 

 

I thought "EXACTLY" the same here....

 

You mean there are actually TWO of these blighters..OMG

what's life without imagination

24 August 2012

I agree, lazy design and so boring. Replace the Aston designers with imaginative people. This is the same old design repeated over and over again and wouldn't merit any attention at all.

24 August 2012

Fantastic looking car, especially the soft top. But i wouldnt have known it was 'new' if i hadnt been told. I dont have a propblem with Astons styling, but why is each new headlight or grill pushed as a whole new car rather than a subtle update?

24 August 2012

This what used to be called a facelift, not a new car.

 

 

 

24 August 2012

A disguised Aston Martin. That makes me smile. Who'd ever guess what it was going to look like?

24 August 2012

so do all porsches, in fact there is one that looks the same for the past 50 years. At least the astons are good looking

they came, they saw, they lolled

24 August 2012

LoLLerCoaster wrote:

so do all porsches, in fact there is one that looks the same for the past 50 years. At least the astons are good looking

All Porsches look the same? Cayenne, panamera, boxster, 991 all look the same - really! Time to get the eyes tested!

Yes 911 has remained a similar design as has boxster, but at least the entire range doesn't all look the same. You can tell from a distance what model is which.

I have proper geek level of model recognition (lights at night, alloy designs etc) but these Astons are getting ridiculous to tell apart at a glance.

Aston is falling behind the competition rapidly. Ferrari left it behind a long time ago.

The tiring 007 numbering of the race cars is also tacky.

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