The GT receives new badges on its exterior, although the most striking modification is its black front splitter and rear diffuser. Carbonfibre tail inserts and new 20in alloy wheels also feature.
Inside, the DB9 GT gets a new generation of Aston Martin’s infotainment system. The touch-sensitive Ami II set-up features redesigned menus and more personalisation options. The car’s leather seats now include the GT badge, and the steering wheel is clad in Alcantara. Interior options include a range of trims and finishes for the centre console, as well as a steering wheel inspired by the One-77.
The DB9 GT weighs no more than the standard DB9 coupé, at 1785kg. In open-top Volante form, the DB9 GT is 1890kg.
Chief creative officer Marek Reichman said: “The purity of form and proportion, together with a lithe, powerful stance, remain at the core of what the DB9 is to look at. With these changes, we have made the DB9 GT yet more elegant while retaining its unmistakable and globally renowned identity.”
Pricing has yet to be revealed, but it’s likely that the DB9 GT will cost significantly more than the £131,995 DB9.
Pitching the car close to the £150,000 mark would allow the new arrival to compete with the Bentley Continental GT Speed (£156,700), which has 626bhp from its 6.0-litre W12 engine, and the Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupé (£125,605), which is powered by a 5.5-litre V8 engine with 577bhp.
The DB9 GT revisits a path that Aston Martin trod with the Virage. Launched in 2011, the 489bhp Virage was never a sales success but was intended to bridge the gap between the regular DB9 and hotter DBS.
Meanwhile, the DB9’s replacement has already been spotted performance testing at the Nürburgring, two years before its market launch.
The DB11 will be powered by a choice of two engines: a twin-turbocharged version of the existing 5.9-litre V12 and a new twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 sourced from Mercedes-AMG. In base form, the DB11 should have just over 500bhp.
As well as introducing the DB9 GT, Aston Martin has made changes to the Vantage and Rapide. Vantage models get a new touch-sensitive centre console and the Vantage S and Rapide S get the firm’s Ami II infotainment system. New interior and exterior colour and trim options also feature across the range.
Prices for the MY2016 cars will be announced before the cars go on sale in the third quarter of this year.
Aston boss Andy Palmer said the arrival of the DB9 GT and the updated line-up was “about offering our customers the widest possible choice” and the new range would “expand the global appeal of Aston Martin”.
A brief history of the Aston Martin DB9
2003 - The first DB9 is unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show. It’s the first car based on Aston Martin’s VH architecture.
2004 - Open-top DB9 Volante is revealed at the Detroit motor show.
2005 - DBR9 race car revealed. Based on the road car, the DBR9 completes its debut at the Sebring 12 Hourswith a GT1 class win.
2007 - DBR9 scores a GT1 class win at Le Mans.
2008 - DBR9 LM revealed, celebrating Aston’s Le Mans victory the year before.
2009 - Aston celebrates producing its 50,000th car — a DB9 — at its Gaydon factory.
2010 - DB9 is updated with new styling, equipment and technical changes.
2011 - DB9-based Virage is launched in a bid to bridge the gap to the DBS
2012 - Virage axed, with just over 1000 examples built.
2012 - DB9 is updated again for the 2013 model year, with power boosted to 510bhp.
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