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Aston Martin reveals the 'new' DB9

Slight feeling of déjà vu...

Let’s get one thing straight right from the outset – this is not a new DB9. This is a rebadged Virage, but let’s not let fact get in the way of a nice press release.

You see, in 2010 Aston Martin released the Virage, which was designed to sit between the DB9 and DBS and did so exactly with 490 bhp, given the DB9 had 470 bhp and the DBS had 510 bhp. It also sat directly between the two in price. It had a nice kit count too, with carbon ceramic brakes as standard and had a Rapide-esque front end.

But the DB9 was getting a bit long in the tooth, so last month Aston told us they were stopping Virage production and we’d be seeing the new DB9 shortly. And here it is, though we’re rather confused as what we’re seeing is exactly the same visually as the Virage.

Though when you delve a little more into the specification what we find is that it’s actually a little more like a mix of Virage and DBS. With the Vanquish now pushing out 560 bhp there was room for improvement, so the new DB9 gets the DBS’s engine rating of 510 bhp and the DBS’s bootlid with its ducktail spoiler. Other than that it’s Virage spec, with carbon ceramic brakes, an aluminium, magnesium and composite body and adaptive damping.

Continuing the Virage spec is the fact that it looks as though this new DB9 will only be available with the 6-speed Touchtronic II automatic gearbox, which means the Vantage models will be the only models with the option of a manual gearbox.

If we ignore the oddity of just renaming a model and calling it a new one, we’ve always loved the Virage, so this new DB9 will sit nicely below the Vanquish with its new power figure.

Price-wise, the DB9 comes in at £131,995, which is £18,000 less than the Virage. Keenly priced then, but we can't help think that the 1000 or so people who bought a Virage will be a little annoyed that you can now buy their car for much less, with more power.

Images courtesy of Aston Martin

 

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more