Aston Martin has revealed the 2013 DB9, while at the same time mentioning that the Virage will no longer be available.
At first it was only a rumor, but now it’s official that Aston Martin has decided to discontinue the Virage in order to make room for an updated DB9. The 2013MY is a mixture of Virage’s styling and the engine and chassis know-how of the Vanquish. The British automaker will offer the model as a coupe and also as a convertible (aka Volante).
At the heart of the 2013 Aston Martin DB9 is the most recent version of the firm’s V12 6.0-liter engine that produces 510 bhp (380 kW) at 6,500 rpm and 457 lb-ft (620 Nm) of torque at 5,500 rpm. It enables the car to perform the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in 4.6 seconds, en route to a top speed of 183 mph (295 km/h). The 2013MY is 40 bhp (30 kW) and 14 lb-ft (19 Nm) more powerful than the model it replaces and also 20 bhp (15 kW) and 37 lb-ft (Nm) more powerful than the axed Virage.
As standard, the new DB9 comes equipped with carbon-ceramic brakes and exclusively with the Touchtronic 2 six-speed gearbox. It tips the scales at 3,935 pounds and has a 50/50 weight distribution, while riding on 20-inch five-spoke cast alloy silver wheels with Pirelli P Zero tires.
Moving inside the cabin, not many things have changed as it looks just about the same as what we have seen in the Vantage, Virage and DB9. Standard equipment includes now a backup camera, but the interior styling has not received the update seen first in the 2013 Vanquish.
The 2013 Aston Martin DB9 is already available for order, with deliveries starting next month in United Kingdom and Western Europe. The base model has a starting price in UK of 131,995 pounds; 174,994 Euros in Germany; $185,400 in U.S. and 21,995,000 JPY in Japan.
Full details are found in the attached press release.