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2016 Aston Martin DB9: Overview

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author photo by Doug DeMuro June 2016

What's New for 2016?

The 2016 Aston Martin DB9 is largely unchanged compared to last year's model.

What We Like

Beautiful styling; beautiful interior

What We Don't

Huge depreciation; mediocre transmission; old design; high price; outdated gadgets and features

Overview

It's been 10 years since the Aston Martin DB9 first reached dealers, and the head-turning luxury car is finally starting to show its age. Not on the outside, of course: The DB9 still looks as gorgeous as ever, combining a stunning profile with the automaker's unique corporate grille and unmistakable front end.

But the DB9 is lacking in a few other ways. Take its transmission, for example: a 6-speed automatic with a torque converter rather than the faster, more advanced dual-clutch setup that's used by just about every rival. As for electronics, this high-dollar luxury car doesn't have a blind spot monitoring system, adaptive cruise control or many other modern convenience features. And it uses a Garmin navigation system. Call us crazy, but we'd be a little disappointed to see the Garmin logo every time we start up our $200,000 luxury car.

Yes, you heard right: The DB9 costs $200,000, and that's just to start. Opt for a convertible, and you'll spend more than $215,000 for the privilege. Choose the new coupe-only Bond Edition, which adds a few James Bond-themed touches, a special watch and some unique luggage, and you're looking at an additional $20,000 premium.

While that may sound like big money for an outdated car, the 2016 Aston Martin DB9 certainly isn't all bad. On the contrary, we're impressed with its smooth 510-horsepower 5.9-liter V8, its handsome interior and its wide range of customization options. But with 10-year-old used models trading in the $50,000-$70,000 range, we wonder how long Aston can go before giving the DB9 a much-needed redesign.

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