Flash Drive: 2009 Aston Martin DB9 Volante
This 2009 review is representative of model years 2008 to 2012.
By Staff of MSN Autos
Once in awhile we get to test drive something special — the Aston Martin DB9 falls into this category. The car is absolutely gorgeous with the top up or down, and inside it's like sitting in your den, with hand-stitched, deep red leather covering the seats and dash, and a center console trimmed in elegant mahogany. The sound of the 12-cylinder engine coming to life takes your breath away. Sure, there are a number of small annoyances with the Aston that are magnified by its $200K price tag — the rearview mirror shakes to the point that it was unusable on the freeway; all gauges, screens and buttons become invisible when the sun shines in (this is a convertible we're talking about); and my friend who is 6 feet 4 inches had a tough time fitting into the passenger seat. But that throaty V12 makes one forget all of those issues. Acceleration is excellent, and the exhaust just gets better and better with every tic up the tach — at 5,000 rpm, it sounds more like a muscle car than a sophisticated touring car. It may not be perfect, but DB9 Volante has style, character and performance — didn't want to give this one back. –Perry Stern
The Aston Martin DB9 is a simply brilliant automobile. It is gorgeous in and out, and the attention to detail throughout the car is impressive. The convertible's power top was quick and easy to deploy. Once inside the car, it was difficult to ignore the high-quality hand stitching of the dash and seats. Another cool feature was the dash-mounted buttons to change the gears. Once you are in Drive, hang on, because the DB9 gathers speed quickly with its V12. Accelerating past 4,000 rpm is bliss, and the engine note is heavenly. Unfortunately, at a sticker of $204K, the DB9 is priced for exclusivity. –Joe Chulick
The Aston Martin DB9 is gorgeous to look at. Even parked alongside a Jaguar XK8 or a BMW 6-series, the Aston Martin draws all the attention and compliments. The interior is luxurious, with great leather, comfortable seats and an easy-to-read instrument panel. Once the slightly soft suspension takes a set in a corner, you can really accelerate strongly behind the impressive V12 engine. Above all the DB9 makes a great noise: Above 4,000 rpm, it sounds like Thor the Viking god has teamed up with the London Philharmonic orchestra. Glorious! But the DB9 is not all high points. The extra long nose is vulnerable to steep parking-garage down ramps, and as one of the most venerable models in the Aston Martin lineup, the DB9 hasn't benefited from all of the ongoing improvements in quality and engineering that can be found on the other Aston Martin offerings: I had to reboot the computer in my example once or twice to persuade the engine to start. –Paul Hagger