The 2014 Aston Martin DB9, with its sleek exterior, elegant interior, and powerful engine, offers a refined balance of power and prestige, James Bond-cool whatever the situation. In fact, you will be rather taken by the whole package.
Its gorgeous exterior form aside, the interior's tightly fitted leather and clean wood trim feel current, too. An LCD touchscreen sits front and center, and the crystal-tipped key/fob is a unique feature that rises above the gimmick. The details are simple and restrained, the total effect one of sophistication.
For the DB9 Volante convertible, under the hood there's a 6.0-liter V-12 engine loosing 510 horses and 457 pound-feet of torque continues to exude the purest of grand tourer experiences: fast, comfortable, and quiet (though it will bark with provocation). A six-speed paddle-shifted ZF automatic transmission clicks with quick shifts.
Despite its grand tourer nature, the DB9 is quick, launching to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds and capable of a top speed of 186 mph.
The careful balance required for grand touring ride and handling like the DB9's requires a solid platform to build from, and the all-aluminum, bonded and riveted chassis and body provide it. Despite the aluminum focus, the DB9 isn't especially light: a typical example weighs just over 4,000 pounds. In the context of some competitors, however, it's not nearly as heavy as it could be.
The adaptive suspension provides much of the magic in this regard, whether absorbing poor roads in Normal, chasing up a canyon in Sport, or truly pushing the limits in Track, each mode lets the underlying chassis span a wide range of conditions and experiences.
For those that might consider driving their DB9 on the track, carbon ceramic brakes are standard, providing not just good stopping power but better heat tolerance for extended hard use.
The front row is comfortable and properly roomy for a car that should see its share of road trips.
While no new features joined the spec sheet for 2014, 2013's additions of a pop-up navigation screen, rearview camera, and automatic headlights help keep it up-to-date. The convertible volante offers a standard power top and glass rear window.
This Stunning Jet Black DB9 Volante is available for $98,950.