After 13 years and a few appearances in Bond flicks, Aston Martin rolled off the last nine units of the DB9 Grand Tourer off its production line. This marks, according to Aston Martin, “a farewell bid to an icon”.
The last nine cars will wearing badges labelling each as a ‘651115-10-5857651115-10-5857last of nine’, signifying an end of an era for the car that brought much success to this Gaydon-based company. The cars receive touches from the company’s Q customisation department. Yet again, no ejector seats or machine guns fitted into these nine units.
Since its unveiling in 2003, the DB9 spawned models such as the DBS, Rapide, V8 Vantage, and the Vanquish. The DB9 also enjoyed some success in GT racing via the DBR9 and the Vantage GT3/GTE models. The DB9 as we know is powered by a 6.0-litre V12 engine and paired with a ‘Touchtronic 2’ six-speed automatic transmission. Based on its latest 2015 DB9 GT configuration, the V12 delivers 540 hp and 620Nm of torque, allowing a century sprint in 4.5 seconds
The DB9 will pass over the baton to the all-new DB11, and from the looks of it the DB11 will have no problems succeeding its predecessor. The DB11 also marks Gaydon’s new ‘Second Century’ plan, where at the same time the DB11’s platform will be used for development of future Vantage and Vanquish models.
Happy retirement DB9, and thanks for the memories!