Aston Martin has taken the wraps off its DB9 GT, which will make its public debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the U.K. this week. Churning out 540 HP and 457 lb-ft of torque from a massive mid-mounted 6.0-liter V12, this is the most powerful DB9 in history.
The hand-built DB9 has been around since the 1950s, and this new GT model continues the English brand’s tradition of blending elegance with performance and comfort.
“Maintaining the effortlessly refined nature of our core GT sports car, while boosting power and introducing state-of-the-art infotainment systems, has required fine judgements and painstaking engineering,” said Ian Minards, product development director at Aston Martin, in a press release. “The DB9 GT represents the very best of what DB9 can be, and sets the standard for luxury grand tourers in this class.”
Mated to a six-speed Touchtronic transmission (an odd choice considering most cars at that price range are offering double-clutch seven- or eight-speed units), the 2+2 DB9 GT gets from rest to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and has a top speed of 183 mph. Underpinning the GT is an independent double wishbone suspension. There will also be three driving modes that adjust the damping: Normal, Sport and Track.
Exterior upgrades include a black-painted splitter and diffuser, new lighting designs, and 10-spoke 20-inch alloy wheels. Continuing its black motif, the GT also gains black anodized brake calipers.
Other updates include a new and more user-friendly infotainment system with better connectivity options.
The 2016 Aston Martin DB9 GT starts at $199,950.
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