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2011 Aston Martin DB9 Review

This review was written when the 2011 Aston Martin DB9 was new.

The industry loves the 2011 Aston Martin DB9 because its steering is precise, the interior is exceptional, the exterior exudes exclusivity and it has one of the smoothest rides in the class.

As an exotic sports car, the 2011 Aston Martin DB9 is up against tough competitors like the Lamborghini Gallardo and Ferrari California. If you look at the DB9’s specifications, you may think that the its powerful V12 engine gets lost among these models because their top speeds are higher and they produce more horsepower. But car reviewers say that’s just not so. The Aston Martin DB9 holds its ground because it offers one thing the Gallardo and California don’t: a fine-tuned suspension, which creates a comfortable ride that’s great for long trips. 

However, reviewers say there are a few things that might get in the way of that road trip. Two critiques, the DB9’s small rear seats and small trunk, are typical for the class. However, more than one reviewer says the DB9’s navigation is impossibly hard to use.

Overall, reviewers find it hard to dislike the Aston Martin DB9. It’s attractive, has a comfortable interior and one of the smoothest rides on the market. "This car was created, not built," writes the Detroit News. "If God needed wheels, they'd be an Aston Martin DB9 convertible."

Other Sports Cars to Consider

If you’re looking for something more powerful than the Aston Martin DB9, there are plenty of options. One is the Lamborghini Gallardo, which can go from zero to 60 in just 3.7 seconds. The Gallardo also has one of the most comfortable cabins in the class, but like the DB9, its media interface can be difficult to use. 

$100,000 and up is no small chunk of change, so if you want an exotic sports car, but don’t want to pay $200,000 – which is typical in this class – there are several options. One is the Audi R8. It starts at $114,200, making it the least expensive model in the class. It comes standard with a 4.0-liter V8 engine, which is smaller and produces less horsepower than the DB9’s V12, but reviewers say the R8 outshines the DB9 in the performance arena. In addition to a low base price and a powerful engine, the R8 has a comfortable and well-equipped interior. 

Details: 2010 Aston Martin DB9

The Aston Martin DB9 gets a few changes for the 2011 model year including a new front fascia and an updated front grille. It also gets a standard Adaptive Damping System that automatically adjusts suspension firmness.

The DB9 comes with a V12 engine that produces 470 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 443 pounds-feet of torque at 5,000 rpm.

  • "The new DB9 Volante steps up the appeal to enthusiast drivers with a beautifully poised and balanced chassis. Maybe it can't do the hard-top/open-top thing that the Ferrari California can, but the Aston's folding mohair roof is elegant and lightweight. This new soft-top DB9 is a desirable car, indeed." -- AutoWeek 
  • "The 2011 Aston Martin DB9 might not be the ultimate driver's car, but what it lacks in maximum thrills it makes up for with stunning good looks and loads of character." -- Edmunds
Review Last Updated: 5/18/11

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