Aston Martin updates DB9 and VolanteEnlarge Photo
The extra oomph comes from a number of changes to the engine ECU and exhaust system. The computer for the gearbox also gets a minor tweak, with the manual car now a tenth quicker to 60mph than the former car and the automatic 0.3 seconds quicker. Both the manual and auto now accelerate from 0-60mph in just 4.6 seconds, while top speed remains at 190mph.
Improving handling is a set of Bilstein shocks, plus revised suspension arms and bushings. Torsional rigidity in the Volante receives a 10% improvement thanks to a new shear panel in the front of the car.
Subtle visual enhancements include new 19in alloys and door mirrors, an anodized aluminum grille, a die-cast zinc center console with an iridium silver finish, and a new ‘Emotion Control Unit’ starter button. The price tag of both cars increases by about $6,000.