Known to many as the brand of James Bond, and to others as one of the legendary sporting marques of Britain's automotive golden age, the Aston Martin name evokes something different in every one, but its cars evoke the same thing in all: passion, desire, and envy--unless you're the one behind the wheel. The 2011 Aston Martin DB9 comes with the most significant slate of updates since its introduction in 2003, making it fresher, faster, and still undeniably British. MotorAuthority tentatively rates the 2011 DB9 8 out of 10.
New for 2011 are a collection of appearance updates, including a bright chrome grille, new front bumper, silver brake calipers, clear tail light lenses, and 20-spoke diamond-cut alloy wheels, among other small details. The overall stance of refined aggression remains, sharing the same basic proportions and cues of all modern Astons.
Under the hood, the venerable 6.0-liter V-12 continues its good work, pumping out 470 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque along...
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