Aston Martin DB9 GT review (2015)

It might be feeling its age, but the DB9 GT is still a very desirable car

Evo rating
  • Desirability factor, refinement, V12 engine, bags of character
  • Ageing interior tech, gearbox slow to react, can feel dated compared to rivals

In a world of Audi R8sMcLaren 570SsPorsche 911 TurbosBentley Continental GTsMercedes-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. 

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

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. 

Aston Martin DB9 GT: in detail

Performance and 0-60 time > Held back by the lack of lack of launch control and an old-school gearbox, the 0-62 time is leisurely considering the engine, but not representative of real world performance. 

Engine and gearbox > Both are decidedly old-school, and that is a good and bad thing. The sonorous engine is lovely, but held back by the slow, dim-witted gearbox.

Ride and handling > Definitely living up to the GT bit in its name, the DB9 is no track car, but still entertains on the road while not compromising on its cosseting nature.

MPG and running costs > If you need to ask, you probably shouldn't. The old-school bit of the engine extends to its (lack of) efficiency.

Interior and tech > Lined in Britain's finest leather, the interior is a lovely space peppered with ancient tech and disappointing ergonomics. 

Design > Unlike so many other parts of the DB9, the styling has stood the test of time and looks as sophisticated and luxurious as it ever did.

Prices, specs and rivals

The DB9 was on sale for a total of 12 years, meaning that current values vary massively depending on age and mileage. As little as £30k will get you into an early car, although build quality can be patchy on some models. Values then rise to as much as £120k for this GT version with all the bells and whistles.

Its standard specification is generous, as you’d expect, and includes an interior that wants for nothing in the leather department, features electric seats with side airbags and memory function, alcantara headlining, a 700-watt Premium audio system, sat nav (it’s hopeless, buy a TomTom), a rear parking camera and power folding and heated exterior mirrors to name a few of the standard fixtures and fittings. 

The most natural rival is Bentley’s recently updated Continental GT, including the security of four-wheel drive for those who think a car weighing 2350kg needs such a thing. 

Ferrari’s fantastic GTC4 Lusso is also four-wheel drive and seats four. Or there are Mercedes’ S63 and S65 coupes.

Most Popular

Visit/bmw/m3/202991/new-bmw-m3-touring-confirmed-yes-we-said-m3-touring
BMW M3

New BMW M3 Touring confirmed - yes, we said M3 Touring

Sixth generation M3 to offer Touring body for the first time to rival RS4 and C63 estate
12 Aug 2020
Visit/audi/s3/202806/2020-audi-s3-sportback-and-s3-saloon-revealed-the-four-wheel-drive-golf-gti
Audi S3

2020 Audi S3 Sportback and S3 saloon revealed – the four-wheel drive Golf GTI

Audi’s next S3 Sportback follows a well-trodden path, filling a gap it once defined
11 Aug 2020
Visit/review/202972/aston-martin-dbx-review-the-first-performance-suv-to-deliver-on-its-promise
Reviews

Aston Martin DBX review - the first performance SUV to deliver on its promise

Aston Martin's first SUV is more than a good SUV, the DBX is the best car the British firm makes
10 Aug 2020
Visit/maserati/ghibli/202975/maserati-ghibli-trofeo-revealed-sober-dressed-bmw-m5-rival-finally-arrives
Maserati Ghibli

Maserati Ghibli Trofeo revealed – sober-dressed BMW M5 rival finally arrives

Some seven years after the launch of its executive saloon, Maserati has given it a V8 – with 572bhp
10 Aug 2020