Aston Martin profite du Festival Of Speed 2015 à Goodwood, qui a lieu du 25 au 28 juin, pour présenter l’ultime version de la superbe DB9.
L’ultime Aston Martin DB9 … dénommée GT
En 2015, avant d’être remplacée par la future DB11, la DB9 continue à évoluer et devient DB9 GT. Une appellation historique née sur la DB4, en 1959. La GT était alors une version plus particulièrement destinée à la compétition. En 2002 et 2003, Aston Martin proposa une DB7 GT plus performante, et à nouveau au style évoquant l’univers de la compétition. Cette fois, pour cette DB9 GT, c’est différent. On a là davantage affaire à un restylage, et un amélioration moteur qu’une version adapté à la compétition sportive. In fact, Aston Martin Racing has adapted the DB9 for sports car racing, producing the DBR9 for FIA GT1 and the DBRS9 for FIA GT3.
Le moteur de l’Aston Martin DB9 GT
Sous le capot, la puissance du V12 6,0 litres monte de 517 ch à 547 ch, avec un couple qui reste à 620 Nm. Le 0 à 100 km/h s’améliore, on (le) passe de 4,9 s à 4,5 s.
The Aston Martin DB9: design & engine
The Aston Martin DB9 is a grand tourer first shown by Aston Martin at the 2003 Frankfurt Auto Show. Available both as a coupe and a convertible known as the Volante, the DB9 was the successor of the DB7. It was the first model built at Aston Martin’s Gaydon facility. The DB9, designed by Ian Callum and Henrik Fisker, is made largely of aluminium. The chassis is the VH platform, also found in the Aston Martin DBS. The engine, on the other hand, is the 6.0L V12 from the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish.
Bonus: The sound of Aston Martin V12 engine
Le design de l’Aston Martin DB9 GT
Concernant la carrosserie, de nouveaux boucliers avant et arrière, un nouveau dessin des optiques et un intérieur amélioré.
A l’extérieur, les jantes de 20 pouces à 10 branches, les étriers de freins sont de couleur noire anodisée, la trappe à essence est aluminium, le splitter avant et le diffuseur arrière sont de couleur noire, les feux avant et arrière reçoivent un traitement cristal.
Le logo GT prend place sur la malle arrière et sur l’ouverture du petit capot pour alimenter le réservoir d’essence. On peut ajouter, à la liste, des touches de carbone sur les bas de caisse, le diffuseur, dans les optiques arrière.
A l’intérieur, un cuir spécifique recouvre les sièges logotés GT, l’habitacle bi-colore se pare d’Alcantara. Également, on peut avoir un volant Alcantara inspiré de l’ultime Aston Martin, One-77
Aston Martin reveals the DB9 GT
24 June, 2015, Gaydon: Aston Martin is today revealing the DB9 GT – the luxury British sports car maker’s most compelling production ‘DB’ to date. Designed to offer the best of what DB9 can be, the new car delivers world-class grand touring and hand-built excellence.
DB9 GT – timeless style redefined
Sir David Brown (1904 – 1993) was an English entrepreneur, managing director of his family firm David Brown Ltd. and one time owner of shipbuilders Vosper Thorneycroft and automobile manufacturer Aston Martin.
Since their debut in the early 1950s, the ‘DB’ models offered by Aston Martin have been synonymous with sophisticated grand touring and thrilling sports car performance. In the tyre tracks of DB4, DB5, DB6 and DB7, today’s DB9 GT continues that distinguished tradition of luxury, excitement and style with a raft of engineering, equipment and styling developments calculated to make this the very best of what DB9 can be.
6.0-litre V12 engine
Claiming the title of the most potent DB9 yet devised, by virtue of its uprated 6.0-litre V12 engine which now boasts 547 PS – the DB9 GT makes its public debut as part of Aston Martin’s impressive presence at this week’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.
“The arrival of 16 Model Year (16MY) cars, as well as the addition of the sophisticated DB9 GT, gives us our most compelling sports car line-up to date as we continue to build our strongest ever global offering.” - Dr Andy Palmer, Aston Martin CEO
Fundamental to the new model’s unique appeal is its uprated 6.0-litre V12 petrol engine, which is capable of generating 547 PS at 6750 rpm, and 620 Nm of torque at 5500 rpm.
The all-alloy, quad overhead cam, 48-valve 5,935 cc front mid-mounted V12 is mated to the proven rear mid-mounted Touchtronic II six-speed transmission with electronic shift-by-wire control system. It carries the British luxury sports car maker’s core GT offering from rest to 62 mph in 4.5 seconds, and on to a top speed of 183 mph.
The independent double wishbone suspension all round continues to deliver secure handling while the three-stage Adaptive Damping System (ADS) offers distinct Normal, Sport and Track modes for the broadest possible breadth of dynamic characteristics.
However power is only part of the story, as the new Aston Martin also includes important and far-reaching equipment changes which underline its position as the best DB9 to date.
Most notable among the interior equipment updates is the arrival of the AMi II touch-sensitive Aston Martin infotainment system. While AMi debuted on the range-topping Vanquish at its launch, AMi II offers a revised menu structure which makes using the system even more user-friendly. Building on the system launched in the Vanquish, the DB9 GT’s AMi II infotainment package sees key improvements made in a number of areas including text message integration, vehicle status information and extended background themes for greater personalisation. Offering AM, FM, DAB and SDAR reception (US only), USB ports, Bluetooth audio streaming the system delivers superb connectivity and entertainment simply and easily.
Bespoke luxury as standard
“Refining the DB9’s already impressive attributes into what we have today in the DB9 GT has been a careful and delicate process. Maintaining the effortlessly refined nature of our core GT sports car, while boosting power and introducing state-of-the-art infotainment systems, has required fine judgements and painstaking engineering. I’m confident the result, in the shape of the DB9 GT, represents the very best of what DB9 can be, and sets the standard for luxury grand tourers in this class.” - Ian Minards, Product Development Director at Aston Martin
Instantly recognised the world over as a timelessly stylish Aston Martin, the core visual characteristics of the DB9 are of course retained in the DB9 GT. Refined styling enhancements inside and out, however, signal that this new car once again leads its class. Aside from the subtle GT badges, this new DB9 is identified by black painted splitter and diffuser, revised headlight and tail light treatments and new ten-spoke 20-inch alloy wheels. Black anodised brake calipers and a GT engraving on the aluminium fuel filler cap further distinguish the new model.
“The purity of form and proportion, together with a lithe powerful, stance, remain at the core of what the DB9 is to look at. With these changes, we have made the DB9 GT yet more stylish, while retaining its unmistakable and globally renowned identity.” - Marek Reichman, Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer
Options, for those who wish to further personalise their car, include carbon fibre tail lamp inserts, side strakes, front splitter and rear diffuser; graphite, diamond-turned ten-spoke alloy wheels and alternative brake caliper colours. Inside, the 2+2 seating configuration remains, however the seats now boast ‘GT’ embroidery on the unique fluted leather. An iridium trim pack and Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel (Coupe only) further distinguish the new car.
A broad array of options inside the DB9 GT include various centre console finishes such as Ice Mocha and Copper Cuprum, while other interior options include Duotone leather seats, door inserts and head linings; and a One-77-inspired steering wheel design.
“Our process of constant improvement, development and refinement of our core sports cars never stops and the arrival of the remarkable DB9 GT, along with these important 16 Model Year updates and enhancements for the Vantage and Rapide S, all clearly demonstrate that.
“Expanding the global appeal of Aston Martin is, in part, about offering our customers the widest possible choice and with the changes we’re announcing today – alongside the ongoing development of our luxury bespoke personalisation service, Q by Aston Martin – I know we are better placed than ever to respond to our buyers’ needs.”
- Dr Andy Palmer, Aston Martin CEO
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