Perhaps no other name could be found for the new Aston Martin car to be built at the company’s new facility at Gaydon in Warwickshire, England than the traditional name “DB”. In Any case, there was no need to change the name as consumers had become used to it. The initials “DB” were borrowed from the name David Brown, one of the people who had owned an Aston Martin car for the better part of his life.
The new Aston Martin DB9 launched in 2004 was built to replace Aston Martin DB7 whose production ceased in 1994. Its production is still on course. Built as a touring car, it is designed to have 2-door coupe and 2-door convertible body styles. The 2-door coupe has a 2+2 seat configuration. Either features a 5.9 Liter V12 engine and 6-speed automatic or manual transmission. The length of the wheelbase has changed since it was launched. It used to measure 107.9 inches at launch in 2004. This was later lengthened to 108.1 for Aston Martins produced between 2006 and 2007. Cars produced as from 2008 to present have their wheelbase measuring exactly 108 inches.
The car’s overall length has also changed over the years. From 2004 when it measured 184.9 inches, it measured 185.4 inches between 2006 and 2007. Cars produced from 2008 to present measure 185.5 inches. The change has also been with the car’s width. Cars produced between 2003 and 2008 measured 73.8 inches in width, with those produced from 2009 to present measure 74 inches exactly. The height has always remained the same with the coupe standing at 50.1 inches and the convertible (Volante) at 51.2 inches.
Hand built, the Aston Martin Volante (convertible) is a high performance car. The 6.0 Liter V12 engine makes it attain 60 mph in 4.9 seconds, which translates to 300 km/h. Although the convertible and coupe are the main known, a special Aston Martin was produced in 2007 to commemorate the 2007 24 Hours of Le Mans. Dubbed Aston Martin DB9 LM, only 124 were produced and feature a unique color (Sarthe Silver) that honors the track Le Mans run, the Circuit de la Sarthe.
The modern Aston Martin car has undergone various improvements including a more powerful engine, exterior modifications and interior re-design. It features a new front grill, re-designed mirrors and clear tail lights.