2008 Aston Martin DB9


2008 Aston Martin DB9 Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Aston Martin DB9 was new.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful V12 engine and seamless transmission
  • Classy, attention-grabbing exterior
  • Luxurious cabin appointments
  • Volante lacks the coupe's sporty edge
  • Unpractical backseat
  • Minimal cabin and cargo storage space

8.9

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 7.3
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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Reliability:
This model has never been fully tested for reliability. Its overall score is being calculated without reliability.
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2008 Aston Martin DB9 Overview

Reviewers find that the 2008 DB9 is magnificently engineered to provide owners with raw unadulterated power, as well as lavish exclusivity. According to Car and Driver, "This is the best-sorted, most thoroughly engineered Aston Martin of all time." From its visceral V12 engine to its crystal ashtray, reviewers are impressed -- though their  criticisms do include a useless backseat and skimpy cargo space.

The 2008 DB9 is offered in both coupe and Volante (convertible) body styles.

  • "Stunning styling, sumptuous appointments and a brawny V12 engine make the Aston Martin DB9 one of the most desirable cars in the world." -- Forbes
  • "The DB9 Volante is almost the perfect Hollywood car-sporty enough for high-speed runs up Mulholland Drive or over Angeles Crest Highway and stylish enough to stand out on Rodeo Drive without looking pretentious or gaudy. That takes class." -- Automobile Magazine
  • The DB9's beauty is clear to see, inside and out. It may be the highest-quality Aston Martin ever built; it exhibits jewellike attention to detail and combines high chassis technology and the cachet of a sonorous V-12 engine. Mahvelous. Simply mahvelous." -- Motor Trend
  • "This Aston Martin DB9 is a car to be cherished - inside, outside and, more than anything else, while driving it. Judge it as a supercar or sports car and you'll be left looking for more hard-edged handling. But as a proper GT for moving two people cross-country with style, speed and -- always -- poise, the DB9 has few equals." -- Road and Track
  • "Viewed on a purely objective basis, the Mercedes-Benz SL600 and the more sporting SL55 AMG are better cars than the Aston. They ride better, they're stiffer, they're more comfortable, they have a proper hardtop, and they're quicker. But in this sector of the market, mere objectivity is not enough. The Aston might not be quite as technically accomplished as the Mercs, but it's much more desirable." -- Edmunds
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