Aston Martin DB9 Volante
Using a radical new aluminum bonded frame, the 2+2 DB9 remains one of the most sophisticated and technically advanced sports cars in the world. It successfully balances the attributes of a sports car with features normally found in luxury cars.
Dr Ulrich Bez, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Aston Martin said: "All cars built at Gaydon are based on Aston Martin's new VH [Vertical Horizontal] architecture. It's the first time in our history that we have had a totally flexible yet dedicated Aston Martin architecture. The DB9 is the first car to use it making it the most important Aston Martin ever."
The Aston Martin DB9 is a modern interpretation of a traditional Aston Martin sports car, representing a contemporary version of classic DB design elements and characteristics. In true Aston Martin tradition, the DB9 reflects the company’s reputation for superb styling and continues a long history of beautiful sports cars
Key traditional Aston Martin features incorporated into the DB9 include the distinctive grille, side strakes and clean, crisp, uncluttered lines.
There is no separate nose cone, another typical source of sports car design fussiness. The aluminium bonnet runs all the way to the leading edge of the car. This accentuates the length of the bonnet and the power of the car, all front cut lines emanate from the grille.
The DB9's bumpers are invisible. The front number plate is part of the crash structure and computer modelling has enabled Aston Martin to use invisible 'hard pressure zones' to cope with bumps.
The DB9 appears as if it were milled out of a single solid piece of aluminium, with the absence of fussy detailing and a minimum of shut lines have which helped create unparalleled elegance. The side strakes - an Aston Martin DB signature - are made from metal. The door handles are flush with the body opening the unique 'swan wing' doors, which rise at a 12-degree angle for improved access.
Source: Aston Martin press