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 |  Jun 18 2013, 6:18 AM

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Bosch Engineering and Aston Martin have teamed up to build a plug-in hybrid variant of the British automaker’s DB9 sports car.

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 |  Sep 18 2012, 9:17 PM

As expected, Aston Martin has replaced its outgoing Virage model with a new-generation DB9. The 2013 Aston Martin DB9 will feature an updated 6.0-liter V12 engine with 510-hp and 457 lb-ft of torque.

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 |  Aug 31 2012, 12:45 PM

After a mere 18 months on the market, the Aston Martin Virage has officially gotten the axe and will be replaced by the next-generation DB9 model.

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 |  Jun 27 2012, 9:32 AM

Last November, Aston Martin celebrated its one million fans milestone on Facebook and decided to let its fans design “The Millionth Fan Car.”

Through a series of polls on its Facebook page, the British automaker’s fans chose the DB9 model as well as the vehicle’s exterior and interior options for the special edition car. It was then named the ‘DB9 1M’ and has been unveiled in its full glory. The winning design was called ‘Aero’ and featured blue streamlined paintwork, 20-inch wheels in a Silver Diamond finish, black brake calipers, and a two-tone interior with Obsidian Black and Spicy Red colors.

The vehicle was built at its Gaydon headquarters and will be a permanent tribute to the one million fans milestone. Aston Martin plans on touring the vehicle around at select events also.

[Source: Aston Martin Facebook]

 |  Nov 24 2010, 8:57 PM

Not to be outdone by Ferrari and Porsche, Aston Martin is launching their own timepiece – the AMVOX2 DB9 Transponder.

Designed by Jaeger-LeCoultre, the official watch partner of Aston Martin Racing, the DB9 Transponder is striking, as it’s encased in grade five titanium. Its black dial is adorned with a grille-type motif and its rhodium-plated metallic numerals found in the center of the watch are coated with black luminescent.

The coolest function of this watch has to be the fact that is comes an integrated transponder circuit. This allows you to unlock or lock your Aston Martin DB9 by pressing the watch’s sapphire crystal. Owners can also use the Open and Close zones to activate a Find Me function. This illuminates the car’s headlamps for several seconds so you can find your car easily.

Also featured on the timepiece are the DB9 logo, the hands and hour-markers, all which are gilded. It almost looks like the float in the center, while its window shows the “ruthenium mainplate and bridges of the exquisitely refined movement.”

The DB9 is the third generation of watches released by Jaeger-LeCoultre and Aston Martin. The DBS Transponder was the first to hit the market globally, about two years ago, and was also the first mechanical watch that could control access to a luxury sports car.

The AMVOX2 DB9 Transponder watch is available to order now from the Aston Martin and costs $24,400 U.S.  You can purchase it at your Aston Martin dealership.

 |  Sep 18 2010, 8:33 PM

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We haven’t seen many gold wrapped (or painted) cars here in North America but they’re definitely popular in other countries. A while back we checked out the gold and chrome luxury cars in Russia, and now there’s a gold wrapped Aston Martin DB9 that’s for sale out in the United Kingdom. The asking price is set at $154,500 and the luxury coupe as close to 30,000 miles on it.

What is even more interesting is the matching gold Lamborghini that’s peeking out from behind the DB9. And surprisingly, both cars are able to pull off the gold foil wrap pretty well. We wonder if this is a dealership that specializes in taking used cars, wrapping them in a crazy style and putting them up for sale at a premium. Nonetheless, it satisfies our curiosity of how high end luxury cars look in a real flashy gold finish and surprisingly, they’re not too tacky… at least to us.

GALLERY: Gold Aston Martin DB9

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[Source: Motor Enthusiast]

 |  Aug 21 2010, 10:19 PM

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We’re not quite sure what to make of this ‘coachbuilt’ Aston Martin Super Sport; especially its $9.6 million price tag. So what exactly does $9.6 million USD buy you? Read on!

This limited edition vehicle is apparently being built by Star Electric Cars based out of France. Until now Star Electric Cars was better known for making electric golf carts that resemble Hummers, Cadillacs and Bentleys. The exterior of the car is clearly Aston Martin-inspired, but we need to stress that this isn’t an Aston Martin at all. It’ll consist of plenty of lightweight carbon fiber bodywork and scissor doors. Inside the race-inspired vehicle receives Recaro seats, custom leather and Alcantara upholstery and carbon fiber trim. And for those that actually believe they’ll drive this thing more than a couple of times a year, there’s a built-in navigation system and iPod adapter.

And as for performance? Well for that price tag, we’d hope it would blow us away – and we guess it does. A 5.4L V- powerplant is mid-mounted, mated to a twin-turbo setup that helps put down an astonishing 800- to 950-hp. Clearly it’ll be rear wheel drive and will come with a six-speed manual transmission with an optional F1 paddle shift. We won’t even take a guess at what that option will cost.

Is this a new competitor to Pagani’s Zonda? We highly doubt it, since Zonda’s are the quintessential vehicles for a true driving experience. But hey, variety is the spice of life, no?

GALLERY: Coachbuilt Aston Martin

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 |  Jun 28 2010, 3:30 PM

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Although it’s billed as the Aston Martin DB9s “most significant programme of upgrades since its world debut in 2003″ (Aston Martin’s words, not ours), the DB9 facelift will probably be indistinguishable to everybody but those gearheads who still reside in the basement of their parents house (and there are many).

A new front end treatment, alloy wheels and rear tail lights make up the cosmetic changes, but underneath, a new Adaptive Damping System should help out with the handling. Aston Martin has already dropped the Sports Package for the DB9 due to the new dampers being able to provide the same level of performance. Tire pressure monitors, an improved Bluetooth system and a Bang & Olufsen stereo round out the interior upgrades.

Gallery: Aston Martin DB9 Facelift

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 |  Jun 10 2010, 7:55 AM

Aston Martin is planning to introduce an all-new DB9 model in 2013 or possibly 2014, with a new look, updated engine and reduced weight. The underlying structure of the car won’t be all-new, however, with Aston recently scrapping a plan to develop all-new chassis – instead opting for a significant refresh to the current lineup. As a result, it is expected that the next DB9 will have the same wheelbase and track, along with similar front and rear overhangs.

Updates to the car are certain to include an all-new body that takes design cues from the One-77 supercar (although not as extreme) as well as from the Rapide. In particular, the next DB9 should imitate a crisp line that runs along the side of the car, originating from the front fender gill – just like on the Rapide. A new interior and added technology are also planned.

Thankfully Aston is already ahead of much of the game in using light-weight aluminum structures for their cars. Unfortunately, they aren’t that light. As a result the British automaker will strive to cut weight in that area, but also look at light weight materials like carbon fiber for the bod panels in a bid t cut 10 percent of the car’s current weight.

As for the engine, updates are planned for the 5.9-liter V12 that would increase power above the 470-hp mark while improving fuel economy. There’s no word on if Aston will switch to an 8-speed transmission – quickly becoming the norm in the industry. Technology for the updated V12 will spill over from Aston’s racing division although the engine is not expected to get direct-injection.

[Source: AutoCar]