Aston Martin DB9 Volante
- Mileage: 7,649
- Year: 2013
- MOT Expiry: April 2020
- Exterior Colour: Onyx Black Metallic
- Interior Colour: Cream Truffle Leather
- Top speed: 183
- 0-60mph: 4.5
- BHP: 540
- Transmission: 6-Speed Touchtronic II
- Engine Capacity: 5935cc
- Engine Configuration: V12
The Aston Martin DB9 was a British grand tourer first shown at the 2003 Frankfurt Auto Show. Available both in coupé and convertible body styles, the latter being known as the Volante, the DB9 was the successor of the DB7. It was the first model built at Aston Martin's Gaydon facility.
The DB9 was originally designed by Henrik Fisker. Its chassis was the Ford-developed VH platform, whilst the engine was the 5.9-litre V12 taken from the Vanquish. The 2013 model year facelift (as featured here) saw many improvements to the design, engine, and the overall driving experience. The original DB9 Volante was limited to 165 mph but this limitation was removed on the upgraded 2007 model onwards. The power output was increased from 450hp to 470hp for the 2009 model year, and then to 510hp for the 2013 model year. Power could be increased further with the addition of the DB9 GT power upgrade, which consisted of a software revision, sports muffler and exhaust tip finisher. Introduced in 2015 the DB9 GT was the final edition of the DB9. Its engine had a power output of 540hp at 6,750 rpm with 457 lb⋅ft of torque at 5,500 rpm. The 0-60 mph acceleration time was 4.4 seconds with a top speed of 183 mph.
Onyx Black Metallic paintwork, Cream Truffle leather upholstery, DB9 GT power upgrade, Sports exhaust muffler, Touchtronic II automatic transmission, 20-inch five-spoke cast alloy wheels, Ventilated Carbon Ceramic brake discs, Brake calipers in black, Leather sports steering wheel, Heated and electrically adjustable sports seats with memory, Powerfold exterior heated mirrors, Automatic temperature control, Cruise control, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, Satellite Navigation, Auto-dimming interior rear-view mirror, Three-stage Adaptive Damping System (ADS) with Normal, Sport and Track modes, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with track mode, Boot-mounted Aston Martin umbrella.
The Volante’s sleek lines are made possible by sophisticated design and engineering, resulting in an open-topped car with a clean, flowing profile. This example presents beautifully in glistening Onyx Black Metallic – our studio photographs really don’t do it justice. With only 7k miles under its belt the condition of the car is truly stunning; aside from only the lightest of marking low down on the rear arches the body and soft-top are absolutely pristine. The current owner is a real perfectionist and has always kept the car garaged when not in use.
Aston Martin has always stood for exceptional levels of craftsmanship and, true to form, the DB9’s cabin is a feast for the senses. The sublime combination of hand-crafted materials results in an incomparable ambience. The spotless Cream Truffle leather sports seats are delicately stitched with contrasting black, a theme that extends to the door cards and centre console. The attention to detail is tremendous and pleasingly there are no signs of use to be found anywhere.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Aston Martins have always sounded like true thoroughbreds and the DB9 is no exception – the 6-litre V12 has been described as one of the finest-sounding engines in production. Better still, this particular example boasts the desirable DB9 GT power upgrade (unleashing around 540hp) and sports exhaust muffler, meaning optimal performance with the greatest of soundtracks.
The six-speed ‘Touchtronic 2’ fully automatic transmission uses shift-by-wire technology and replaces the conventional gear lever with dashboard-mounted buttons to select Park, Reverse, Neutral and Drive modes. The result is sophisticated yet intuitive: quick and easy to use and providing instant response to driver input.
The car has driven only 7,649 miles from new. Even with this extremely low mileage the service booklet is complete with six Aston Martin main dealer stamps, the last service having been competed in April 2019 at 7,590 miles. The car drives faultlessly and wants for nothing.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The DB9 sits on 20-inch five-spoke alloys shod in matching Pirelli rubber. The wheels are without any marking and the tyres show plenty of tread remaining having seen just 7k miles of use. The large carbon-ceramic brakes preform effortlessly on test and the unblemished black-painted calipers look very smart indeed.
This impeccable example was first registered in April 2013 and has now driven just 7,649 miles in the hands of three careful owners. The car is accompanied by full Aston Martin service history with six main dealer stamps in the book. The most recent service was carried out by Aston Martin Chichester in April 2019 just 59 miles ago. The MOT is valid until April 2020.
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