NEW FOR 2011:

– Revised front bumper, sill design and headlamp finishers
– Standard adaptive damping, 20-spoke diamond-turned alloy wheels, bright front grille, clear taillamps and silver brake calipers
– Improved tire pressure monitoring system and Bluetooth microphone
– Available ten-spoke forged alloy wheels, Double Apex Alloy fascia trim and black Alcantara steering wheel

For 2011, the Aston Martin DB9 receives a minor styling facelift. New standard features include several items that were previously optional, such as 20-spoke wheels, silver brake calipers, bright grille and adaptive damping. Improvements have also been made to the Bluetooth microphone and the tire pressure monitoring system.

The DB9 is available as the Coupe or Volante (convertible). Both use a 6.0-litre V12 engine, mated to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission that includes manual shift mode and paddle-shift controls.

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 front parking sensors, personalized sill plates, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, garage door opener, premium 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.

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