When in 2016 the DB11 was launched I had an invitation from our local Aston Martin dealership to attend the arrival of this new marque. I was already a proud DB9 owner however the thought of a completely new model lured to the launch.
Of course I was in awe of the DB11 however also in the showroom was the GT version on the DB9
The DB9 would cease production in 2016 however , the car would continue as a limited edition model to be sold in the form of a DB9 GT form however boasting a V12 with 30 more horsepower than before, now being 540bhp and can hit 62mph in 4.4 seconds
The interior remains as decadent and lovingly crafted-- only it has a vastly improved dashboard switchgear courtesy of the Vanquish with banks of capacitive-touch buttons new sat nav screen, and touch-sensitive console switchgear.
The DB9 GT on display was finished in Scintilla silver-exclusive to this model and fitted with carbon ceramic disc brakes on all four wheels -black splitter and diffuser- grey brake callipers- revised lights- new 20-inch ten-spoke dark alloys-leather headliner-hand stitched seating -GT badges and incorporated the steering wheel only use previously in the one-77 Aston Martin
Although the DB9 first appeared in 2004 it looks still utterly tremendous. The new additions incorporated in the GT version are subtly, tastefully done, and the sheer elegance of the DB9 still shines through. It’s one of the very few new cars that can be considered timeless. With 540bhp, it’s the most powerful DB9 ever, but the languid V12 never appears to work that hard. It’s smooth, cultured, urbane: forceful in a very understated way.
So ironically the DB11 launch actually persuaded me to purchase this beautiful car which I still own today.