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Aston Martin DB9 End of a Legend

Aston Martin DB9 End of a Legend

Most of this Aston Martin DB9 coupe video is done on the road so you get quite a good feel of what the car is actually like underway, and of course the noise.
To have a listen click on the video and hear this baby sing:

As the presenter from XCar says ‘floor it and it sings the song of Aston Martin’. It has been said that the noise of the DB9 was enough compensation for owners to forgive the odd fault the car had.
First released in 2003 and available either as a coupe, or convertible,  the DB9, successor to the DB7,  is now history being replaced by the DB11.
The DB9 engine is a 6L V12, 444hp and 420lb ft of torque.   Top speed is 186mph with acceleration 0 to 60 mph being just 4.7 seconds.  During 2013 the engine was modified and produced 503hp with 457lb ft of torque.

The exterior panels of the body are mostly aluminium, except for the hood which is a composit as are the front and rear bumpers.
The chassis,  a first for Aston Martin,  is based on Fords VH aluminium platform.  It is assembled using self piercing rivets combined with an adhesive bond to give a very strong platform to base the car on.  This platform is said to be around 50% more rigid and torsional stronger than previously along with a 25% reduction in weight.

Aston Martin Racing Division adapted the DB9 for sports car racing, naming it DBR9.  Going along with what needs to happen the cars were stripped of all unnecessary fittings and upholstery, much of the aluminium body panels were replaced with carbon fibre ones, carbon discs and brake pads fitted and the motor  modified to up the power to 625hp with 550 ft lb of torque.  0 to 100mph acceleration was just 6.4 seconds.
The DBR9 made its debut in 2005 in the Sebring 12 hour race and won. Later it also won the American Le Mans series, and in 2007 scored a win in the 24hour Le Mans race.

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Special thanks to  XCar for this video./ Screen shots are from the video.
Technical data source, thanks to