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Aston Martin DB9 GT review - saving the best until last?
Aston Martin’s DB9 may be feeling its age from behind the wheel, but in last of the line GT trim it still looks the part and has a desirability factor that few rivals from the same period had when they were new, let alone over a decade later.
2016 will see the DB9’s replacement, the DB11, finally arrive and as swansongs go, the DB9 GT is a delight. It delivers the model’s greatest assets - sharp handling and strong performance, with a lovely interior and character by the container load – packaged in one of the sharpest looking automotive bodies. The DB11 has big boots to fill.
The DB9 GT is still listed by Aston Martin as a new model, but with the DB11 just around the corner any unsold cars still occupying the showroom floor will be open to negotiation when it comes to the £140,000 list price.
For those interested, we've now driven a DB11 prototype. While it's still in development, early impressions suggest the all-new car will be a significant step on from the DB9. The DB11 has a completely new architecture, turbocharged V12 powertrain and technology lifted from Mercedes that drastically ups the interior tech.
The line-up also consists of the DB9 Carbon Edition, DB9 GT Bond Edition and the regular DB9, but the GT is our pic of the line-up.
In a world of Audi R8s, McLaren 570Ss, Porsche 911 Turbos, Bentley Continental GTs, Mercedes-AMG GTs and S65 and even Jaguar’s F Type R, it’s easy to dismiss the DB9 as past its best and trailing it rivals. But it’s a more elegant GT than the Bentley and S65, more refined than the F Type and less highly strung than the Audi, Porsche and McLaren.
After a dozen years in production the DB9 still turns heads and inspires its driver to enjoy the thrill of driving and soak up that unique sense of satisfaction that only a V12 engined Aston Martin can deliver.
We’ll miss the DB9 when it’s gone. It wasn’t perfect by a long shot, but it had bags of character and rewarded its driver in a way few of today’s more efficient, powerful, quicker and superior rivals can.