2011 Aston Martin DB9 Performance

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2011 Aston Martin DB9 Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2011 Aston Martin DB9 was new.


Performance: 8.4

The 2011 Aston Martin DB9 meshes comfort with speed and agility, which means it won’t be the most hardcore model in the class. But test drivers aren’t disappointed because few sports cars are comfortable enough to take on road trips, and the DB9 is.

  • "The DB9 is both a true sports car as well as an excellent grand tourer, thanks to an all-aluminum V-12 engine with oodles of torque available as low as 1500 rpm. And, for those who want to really enjoy the car, a 6-speed manual transmission is still offered." -- Road and Track
  • "What's it like to drive? Like a sporty but comfortable luxury 2+2. And that's not the description you could apply to the original 2004 Volante. The secrets to this turnaround are the computer-controlled shocks and the computer control map programmed by Aston's engineers. With these on board, the DB9's chassis now breathes as it flows cross-country at high speed, making for highly rewarding and rapid progress." -- AutoWeek 
  • "Even so, Aston Martin has never claimed the DB9 is the ultimate automotive thrill machine. If you want to carve a canyon or visit a track, a Ferrari or Porsche will provide a far more involving experience at the ragged edge of performance. Instead, the DB9 coupe and the DB9 Volante convertible deliver sharp handling, yet both are comfortable and spacious enough to drive from Miami to Los Angeles without making your butt go numb, your ears ring or your luggage remain at home." -- Edmunds 

Acceleration and Power

The 2011 Aston Martin DB9 can’t match the Ferrari California’s 193 mph maximum speed or ability to race from zero to 62 mph in four seconds, but test drivers are okay with that. The 2011 DB9 is great for long drives – something other exotic sports cars can’t claim. The DB9 has a 48-valve V12 engine that produces 470 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 443 pound-feet of torque at 5,000 rpm.

This engine can be paired with a six speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission. According to Aston Martin, the DB9 can reach a top speed of 190 mph and accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 4.8 seconds.

Exotic sports cars do not have high fuel economy ratings, and the Aston Martin DB9 has some of the worst. According to the EPA, the DB9 can get up to 13/20 mpg city/highway with an automatic transmission and 11/17 mpg city/highway with a manual transmission. If you’re shopping in this price range, it’s likely that gas prices and fuel consumption are not an issue. However, it never hurts to save at the pump. The Audi R8, for example, can get up to 13/21 mpg city/highway with an automatic transmission.  

  • "The 2011 Aston Martin DB9 is striking in the ease with which it drives down the road. With the manual transmission, the clutch action is light and the shift lever snicks through the gates." -- Edmunds
  • "Changes made for the 2010 model year are a major help. Since last year, the Volante has gained 20 hp, along with a stiffer cross-car beam and a stiffening panel under the front subframe. These beef up the structure and allow the new shocks to fully exploit the more solid underpinnings." -- AutoWeek
  • "There's enough torque on tap (443 lb-ft for 2009) to run as low as 1000 rpm and not lug the engine, which comes in quite handy on the crowded streets and highways surrounding Hollywood.  ... An impressive 470 hp propels the car forward and it's impossible not to grin." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Mat the gas and you're met with a wonderful combination of intake moan and exhaust note. The engine sounds sweeter too; we'd wish for a bit less muffling, but if you want the louder, harder edged version, well, that's what the DBS is for." -- Motor Trend
  • "Acceleration is not neck snapping from a stop, but DB9 gathers speed quickly and has an abundance of reserve power for passing and merging." -- Consumer Guide

Handling and Braking

Test drivers say the 2011 Aston Martin DB9’s steering is accurate and precise. The industry also says the DB9 is one of the smoothest driving cars in the class, making it great for long-term excursions.

  • "Body control is strong but the chassis is supple. The steering feedback is precise. To crank up the feedback levels, a sport-chassis button firms up the ride further." -- AutoWeek
  • "The DB9 Volante was once criticized for being a flaccid, jiggling mess over broken pavement, but Aston has made revisions over the years to largely correct this problem. You'll still get the odd rumble through the steering wheel, but it's gentle and probably well worth the delight of hearing the burbling thunder of the V12's exhaust note with the multilayered roof peeled back.”  -- Edmunds
  • "DB9's [Volante] ride is surprisingly firm, with even modest road imperfections filtering into the cabin. Additionally frustrating is the less-than-rigid body structure which contributes to copious flexing over railroad tracks and other large road imperfections." -- Consumer Guide

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