Aston Martin DB9, humming along on 12 cylinders since 2004…
Aston Martin unveiled the DB9 at the 2003 Frankfurt motor show as the replacement for its highly successful DB7, of which more than 7,000 units were sold during its 11 year production run.
Designed by Ian Callum and Henrik Fisker, the DB9 used Aston Martin’s then-new VH (Vertical/Horizontal) platform, which has underpinned most of the company’s lineup since.
Available as both a coupe and convertible (Volante in Aston-speak) and sporting an unmistakably Aston Martin body, its aerodynamic drag coefficient was a conservative 0.34 Cd to favor style and high speed stability.
The chassis consisted largely of aluminum extrusions, forgings and castings joined with structural adhesives and self-piercing rivets. Aluminum was also used for the hood, roof and rear fenders. Door frames were of cast magnesium while front fenders and the trunklid were formed from composite plastic. Continue reading “Aston Martin DB9, A Modern Sports Car For Old Money” »
As one of the world’s major auto shows, New York always has its share of new vehicle introductions, and 2014 was no different with the new Nissan Murano, Toyota Camry, and Ford Focus sedan. Our interests, however, center specifically on sports car events (and non-events). Below is a summary of this year’s notable moves.
Alfa Romeo is returning to the States. It’s for real this time with the mid-engine 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C. Sporting a 237 hp four cylinder turbo and a twin clutch six speed semi-automatic transmission, this is a big deal. Little else in sports car land pairs approximately 2,000 lbs with wait… wait… wait… manual steering! Yes, it’s true. There will not be any power assist filter between the front wheels and the driver. With 258 lb-ft of torque and 80 percent of it available at a diesel-like 1,700 rpm, count on this to be loads of fun and the purest sports car since the Lotus Elise.
Aston Martin rolled out an “entry level” V8 Vantage at just a hair under $100k. Aside from the lower price, power increased to 430 hp and additional styling tweaks were made. The power upgrade certainly helped it avoid regular Special Ed status below. Aston also launched the DB9 Carbon Edition but we’ll let that one slide.