2016 Aston Martin DB9 Spotted

 

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Not too long ago, I wrote an article about how Aston-Martin is going to continue with V12 engines and manual transmissions in some of their cars. Well it seems as though the current DB9’s replacement will not be one of those cars. New spy shots of the DB9 replacement testing on the Nurburgring have surfaced on the internet.

Although the DB9 has always been a very pretty car, and has seem some mild updates over the years, the 11-year-old car is long overdue for a replacement. Making use of the newly penned deal between them and AMG, the new DB9 replacement will drop the current 5.9L V12 for a more fuel efficient twin-turbocharged V8 courtesy of AMG. AMG will not build a bespoke engine for Aston, instead using the 4.0L twin-turbocharged V8 that is currently in the AMG GT. Fret not, as the V8 is currently making a healthy 503 hp and 479 lb ft of torque at a lofty 1750 rpm. That bodes well to the V12 powerplant in the current DB9 which produces 510 hp and 457 lb ft of torque at 5500 rpm, especially when you consider the fact the car is supposed to be lighter than the current one it’s replacing, by liberal use of aluminum and carbon fiber. Moreover, the new engine will be mated to a new nine speed automatic transmission developed by Mercedes. This means that emissions and fuel economy for the 4.0L V8 improve over 20% compared to the current 5.9L V12. Even though the engine will not be bespoke, the engine will probably be mildly tuned to Aston’s tastes. Photographers noted a particularly loud exhaust note bellowing from the test car.

In an interview with UK’s Autocar magazine last year, Marek Reichman, Aston Martin’s design director, mentioned that they weren’t sure if the replacement will carry on the DB9 moniker or not. He said, “it’ll definitely be a DB, but what number will follow is yet to be decided”. It is highly unlikely that it will be named the DB10, as that name is taken for the cars in the new James Bond film. The DB10 is supposed to preview the new design language on future Aston-Martins.

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