Revised Aston Martin DB9 GT announced
• Uprated 5.9-litre V12 gets 541bhp and 457lb ft
• Range of interior and exterior enhancements
• GT to debut at Goodwood, priced from £140,000
Aston Martin has revealed a special ‘GT’ edition of its venerable DB9, ahead of its first public outing up the famous hill route at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The biggest mechanical change is a significant power hike for the 5.9-litre V12 engine, which thanks to a 30bhp increase now produces 541bhp and 457lb ft of torque, enough to get the DB9 GT from 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds.
That’s only 0.1 seconds faster than the standard DB9, though, and the top speed remains an identical (if more than adequate) 183mph. Other new enhancements include the latest generation of Aston’s AMI II infotainment system, with fresher looking menus, text message compatibility, and a range of new personalisation.
To help visually distinguish the GT, the front splitter and rear diffuser are both painted black, as are the brake callipers. There’s also a new set of 20-inch alloys with an elegant 10-spoke design, tweaked head- and taillights, and GT badges.
Inside, GT badges are stitched into the headrests of the seats, the steering wheel comes wrapped in Alcantara, (on the coupe at least) and the leather upholstery is fluted at the sides to add a dash more sophistication to the gracefully aging cabin.
Customers who wish to ‘enhance’ the classic proportions of their DB9 GT can also choose to add carbon fibre tail lamp inserts, side strakes and other bits of aero kit, or upgrade the interior with two-tone leather, or even a steering wheel similar to the one from the limited edition One-77.
Commanding roughly a £9,000 premium over the standard car, the DB9 GT will be available as both a coupe and Volante convertible from September, while the infotainment and spec upgrades will be included on the Rapide S and Vantage.