For 2007, the Aston Martin DB9 has only minor changes, with the models receiving new seats.

Both the Coupe and Volante (convertible) share their platforms, with a front engine/rear transmission configuration and 50/50 weight distribution. The front fenders and hood are composite, while the rest of the exterior skin is aluminum.

Both models use an all-alloy 6.0-litre V12 engine, mated to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic with manual mode and paddle shift controls. This engine generates 450 horsepower and gives the DB9 a top speed of 300 km/h, making it one of the fastest production cars in the world.

Features on both models include 19-inch aluminum wheels, full-grain leather interior with walnut trim, three-position memory seats and mirrors, ten-way heated power seats, automatic climate control, trip computer, cruise control, power-folding exterior mirrors, backup sensor, tire pressure monitoring system, six-CD stereo and umbrella with holder.

Available optional equipment includes bright-finish grille, front parking sensors, personalized sill plates, auto-dimming rearview mirror, garage door opener, premium Dolby Pro Logic II stereo and smoker’s package.

The Volante’s roof operates at the touch of a button and retracts in 17 seconds, folding behind a hard tonneau cover which then electrically closes flush with the car’s bodywork. Among the Volante’s safety features are sensors that detect the risk of a potential rollover. These deploy two roll-hoops from the rear seat headrests to protect rear-seat passengers, while front seat passengers are protected by the A-pillars which can support twice the total body weight of the car.

The British-build, Ford-owned Aston Martin brand has an illustrious competition history, and is regularly the choice of super-spy James Bond.

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