Aston Martin DB9 GT review (2015) - Ride and handling

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

Ride and Handling

Aston Martin has never claimed the DB9 to be an out and out sports car, instead the company has directed it towards the more relaxed world of the GT class, which this aptly named run-out model is pretty much faultless at being. The body control, chassis and dynamics are so well matched for that very task that the DB9 GT is a joy to cover long distances in. 

The GT features carbon brakes and three-stage active dampers as standard. The former keeps the unsprung masses at the chassis’ extremities to a minimum, while the latter bring a firm control over the cars aluminium structure. 

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!

At low speeds, however and  despite the sophisticated damping the ride is too firm, but you don’t need much speed (40mph plus) for it to settle and for the GT to come together. The steering is direct, beautifully weighted and its speed perfectly matched to the car’s nature making it very easy to enjoy the performance on offer. 

The DB9 GT’s feels taut at all times, but not in an aggressive way. Every reaction results in linear action through the chassis and across the body, it’s not as precise as more focussed rivals, but it’s more of a sport cars than Bentley’s Conti GT and Mercs’ S-Class coupes, and within a few miles on the right road in the best conditions the DB9 shakes off its advancing years and reminds you that beneath the iconic body is an old school thoroughbred. 

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below
Advertisement
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/features/17660/the-best-four-cylinder-engines-ever-we-pick-our-favourites
Features

The best four-cylinder engines ever

We've gathered a selection of our very favourite four-pots ever produced
27 May 2020
Visit/aston-martin/db11-coupe/21304/2020-aston-martin-db11-amr-review-a-better-car-but-is-it-a-better
Aston Martin DB11 coupe

2020 Aston Martin DB11 AMR review

We were less than impressed when we drove the original DB11 V12. So what exactly has happened in the transformation to this more potent AMR version to…
30 May 2020
Visit/jaguar/202674/jaguar-xjr-9-the-anatomy-of-a-group-c-racer
Jaguar

Jaguar XJR-9: the anatomy of a Group C racer

Famously victorious at Le Mans in 1988, Jaguar’s XJR-9 ended Porsche’s dominance during sports car racing’s golden era
31 May 2020
Visit/alpine/202670/renault-announces-future-road-map-alpine-a110-safe-for-now
Alpine

Renault announces future road map – Alpine A110 safe, for now

Despite speculation Renault would halt Alpine production early to cut costs, Dieppe will survive amongst a large-scale reorganisation of the business …
29 May 2020