The facelifted DB9 has been spied wearing minimal camoflage
The new car's looks have been inspired by the Virage
A new interior is tipped for the revised model
Power is expected to be boosted beyond the 470bhp in the current car
The DB9 was spied at Aston's facility at the Nurburgring
More technical headlights and a new grille are the chief external revisions
Volante is expected to launch soon after the coupe
It is not known if Aston will use the Vanquish's VH platform for the DB9
The revised Aston Martin DB9 coupe and Volante models have been spied almost completely undisguised near the Gaydon firm’s Nurburgring test facility.
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.