We like the Aston Martin DB9 and always have, and there’s nothing that exposure to the new model does to change that. Indeed, one of the more interesting questions it poses is why one might elect to spend so much more on the top of the range Vanquish when the DB9 possesses so many of its talents, more progressive handling and arguably better looks.

Those sniffing around a Vanquish should ask themselves whether they wouldn’t really be more comfortable, better entertained and better off with a DB9, a Porsche Cayman S and a substantial chunk of change in the bank.

Aston has done some good work updating the DB9

However, and despite the latest round of enhancements, it provides no sense that it is in any way a new creation, but rather an old recipe sprinkled with some additional spiciness with which to inject some much-needed fresh interest and appeal.

So while we admire Aston’s ability to extend further still the lifetime of the DB9, relative to its rivals today it has to be said that it is a faint shadow of the car it was in 2003. Still, that doesn’t mean it should be avoided. Subjectively, it still scores well with its looks and the manner with which it delivers its performance and handling.

It has, if you like, reverted to traditional Aston Martin strengths that have always spoken more to heart than head. State of the art it may no longer be, but desirable and exciting it continues to remain.