Aston Martin DB9 2004 is the first car to be built at the Gaydon plant in England. The DB prefix in DB9 stems from David Brown who owned Aston Martin from the late 1940’s into the 1970’s. The DB9 was designed by Ian Callum and Henrik Fisker. The DB9 replaces the DB7 which started production in 1994.
The DB9 coupe has a 6.0L engine. It has the same V12 engine as the Aston Martin Vanquish. With a width of 73.8 inches (over 6 feet), a height of 52 inches, and a length of 185 inches, it would be an understatement to say that the DB9 is a big GT. With such massive size in a coupe one might consider this machine cumbersome and slow. But underneath its bonnet lies a 450Hp power plant capable of raising the car to speeds over 180mph.
Currently there are more than 5000 Aston Martin DB9’s produced each year. It is around the same numbers as Ferrari’s F430 and Porsche’s 911 Turbo. The DB9 come outfitted in a standard manual transmission or with a floppy paddle gear box. The instrument panel is as unique as the gearbox. The DB9’s tachometer runs in a counter clockwise direction. Instead of the usual redline that is on most sports cars instrument panel the DB9 has a red light that glows when you are redlining the engine. In 2006 a sports package was introduced for the DB9 which improved stiffness, lowered right height, and added aluminum 19 in alloy wheels.