Moscow-based Cardi is working on a very special project based on the Aston Martin DB9.
It was only a month ago when we saw Kahn Design’s Vengeance based on the Aston Martin DB9 and now another coachbuilder is working on something truly special based on Gaydon’s now discontinued supercar. Known as the “Cardi Concept 442,” it represents the work of Russian coachbuilder Cardi from Moscow and as you can see, it completely transforms the DB9.
The changes are so significant to the point that it’s very difficult to realize the car is actually based on a DB9. Some of the sporty cues of the original design have been replaced with more elegant lines and dare we say the renders are not half bad, albeit those wide grilles at the front and back are not our cup of tea.
It’s more than just a reskinned DB9 as the engineers at Cardi are working on the car’s body structure to remove the B pillars. In addition, the plan is to install a massive panoramic roof connecting the front and rear windows to create the illusion of one big glass greenhouse.
The interior is also bound to go through some extensive changes and will adopt a minimalist layout with very few conventional buttons. The only problem that we have with the interior is with the position of the touchscreen for the infotainment system which sits way too low. You will notice the analog dials of the instrument cluster have been replaced by a digital display affixed to the new dashboard covered in wood.
The three-spoke steering wheel appears to be very thin and we are not entirely sure there’s enough room in the center for the airbag. That being said, this is only a render, so the real steering wheel could look slightly different. Between the two slender air vents in the center resides an analog clock as a nod to the DB9 and it seems the infotainment system will also be controllable via a rotary knob located in front of the central armrest.
All things considered, the Cardi Concept 442 is truly an ambitious project and hopefully that stripped-out Aston Martin DB9 will evolve to become what the renders are showing. Speaking of which, the images were published in a special brochure released on the occasion of the coachbuilder’s 25th anniversary and according to Russian media the project is nearing completion after more than two years of work.
It’s not known at this point whether it will remain strictly a one-off or if Cardi will take orders from DB9 owners willing to transform their cars. What we do know is the Concept 442 will use the donor car’s naturally-aspirated 6.0-liter V12 engine linked to the same Touchtronic 2 six-speed transmission.