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2010 Aston Martin DB9 Review

This review was written when the 2010 Aston Martin DB9 was new.

The 2010 Aston Martin DB9 earns praise for its elegant, heart-pounding design, luxurious appointments, and thrilling performance capabilities. It conveys power and exclusivity like few vehicles can. "This car was created, not built," writes the Detroit News. "If God needed wheels, they'd be an Aston Martin DB9 convertible."

Introduced in 2004 as the successor to the legendary DB7, the Aston Martin DB9 has quickly risen to become one of the most admired exotic sports cars available today. In addition to a classy, awe-inspiring exterior design, the 2010 Aston Martin DB9 features first-rate interior accommodations typical of most exotics at this price point. What’s more, its state-of-the-art engineering allows it to compete with class-leading powerhouses manufactured by Lamborghini and Ferrari.

The 2010 Aston Martin DB9 is not perfect, but its drawbacks are negligible. Its back seat doesn’t accommodate average-size adults -- though no exotic sports car does. And, like most of its competitors, the 2010 Aston Martin DB9 lacks practical cargo room. What’s more, test drivers note that its performance abilities aren’t as hardcore as some of its rivals. That, however, is counter-balanced by the fact that few of its rivals are as comfortable to handle as the 2010 Aston Martin DB9.

All in all, reviewers admire this powerful exotic street machine."[T]he new DB9 is an assault on Porsche -- and all other world-class sports car manufacturers, for that matter," writes Forbes. "It takes Aston's credibility as a sports car builder to a new level and is one of the most exciting cars an automaker has ever produced. It also challenges the iconic styling of a vehicle like the Porsche 911 with drop-dead looks of its own."

Other Sports Cars to Consider

If you're in the market for an exotic sports car and want to steer clear of wildly styled rides like the 2010 Lamborghini Murcielago, consider the similarly-priced 2010 Ferrari California. It features slightly less horsepower, but sprints to 60 mph from a standstill in less than four seconds. Plus, it comes equipped with a retractable hard top.

Details: 2010 Aston Martin DB9

The 2010 Aston Martin DB9 carries into this year unchanged. It's offered in two body styles: coupe and Volante (convertible).

  • "The DB9 Volante is almost the perfect Hollywood car -- sporty enough for high-speed runs up Mulholland Drive or over Angeles Crest Highway and stylish enough to stand out on Rodeo Drive without looking pretentious or gaudy." -- Automobile Magazine
  • The DB9's beauty is clear to see, inside and out. It may be the highest-quality Aston Martin ever built; it exhibits jewellike attention to detail and combines high chassis technology and the cachet of a sonorous V-12 engine. Mahvelous. Simply mahvelous." -- Motor Trend
  • "It's a lot of money, and it's not especially practical. But if you're looking for the ultimate combination of elegance and performance, this could be the place where you wrap up your search." -- BusinessWeek
Review Last Updated: 4/29/10

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