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Aston Martin DB9 gets a facelift


Aston Martin has released the first pics and details of the 2011 DB9

The Aston Martin DB9 receives subtle changes for 2011, including a new front bumper, bright finish grille, lower air intake and new headlights.

Elsewhere there is restyled side sills, silver brake calipers, and 20-spoke diamond turned alloy wheels. Inside, the cabin features an improved Bluetooth system, new 'Double Apex' trim, and an optional Bang & Olufsen audio system.

Performance from the 6.0-litre V12 stays the same, making 350 kW (470 bhp) and 600 Nm (443 lb-ft) of torque. However, Aston Martin has decided to replace the passive damping system with a new Adaptive Damping System (ADS) which Aston claims offers improved ride comfort and sharper handling.

Both the coupe and Volante are available with a six-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic transmission.

"The DB9 was the first car built at Gaydon adopting the VH architecture. It has evolved every year since, with significant changes including a power upgrade and successive reductions in CO2 emissions. The latest package of improvements goes further than ever, highlighting the DB9's qualities as a true sporting GT and underlining its role as the backbone car of our range," says Ian Minards, Aston Martin's Product Development Director.

The DB9 will go on sale in Europe in July.

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