The Aston Martin DB9 GT has made its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Set to go on sale globally from September as part of Aston’s 2016-model-year line-up for a price of £140,000, the GT is a last hurrah for the DB9 before it’s replaced by an all-new model (likely to be called DB11) in 2017.
The DB9 GT has 540bhp from its 5.9-litre normally aspirated V12 engine. That’s a significant hike from the 510bhp of the standard car. Peak power from the upgraded engine arrives at 6750rpm, with 457lb ft of torque available at 5500rpm. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission.
Aston Martin claims the DB9 GT can reach 62mph from rest in 4.5sec and has a top speed of 183mph. Despite the hike in power, only the acceleration figure is an improvement over the standard DB9’s - and even then by only 0.1sec.
Described by Aston product development boss Ian Minards as “the very best of what DB9 can be”, the car sits on double wishbone suspension at the front and rear. Drivers can choose between Normal, Sport and Track driving modes via the car’s adaptive damping set-up.
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.