Aston Martin just keeps on humming along under the guidance of Andy Palmer, and today it builds upon its lineup with the unveiling of the DB9 GT. As the most powerful version of the DB9, its fitting that this model makes its world debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Powering the DB9 GT is the same all-alloy 6.0-liter V-12 as the standard DB9, but in the GT model, Aston has tweaked the output to 547 PS (540 horsepower), which amounts to an increase of 40 PS (39 horsepower) bump over the standard model. Torque remains unchanged at 620 Nm (457 pound-feet). Power heads through the same Touchtronic II automatic transmission on its way to the rear wheels, which propels the DB9 GT to 62 mph in 4.5 seconds – 0.1 second quicker than the standard DB9 – and up to a top speed of 183 mph.
The DB9 also carries with it some distinguishing styling traits. These include “GT” badges, a black-painted front splitter and spoiler, revised headlight and taillight treatments, 10-spoke 20-inch alloy wheels, black anodized brake calipers, and a “GT” engraving on the fuel-filler cap.
Inside the cabin, the distinguishing features include “GT” embroidery on the leather upholstery, an iridium trim package, and an Alcantara steering wheel. Also included is the new AMi II infotainment system with a touchscreen. For the DB9 GT, Aston updated the AMi II system to include text message integration, vehicle status information, and additional background themes for personalization.
Optional equipment allows for a personalized touch to the DB9 GT, and these options include a number of center console finishes, Duotone leather seats, door inserts and headliners, and a steering wheel inspired by the one in the One-77.
The DB9 is available now around the world at a starting price of $199,950 in the U.S., £140,000 in the U.K., and €187,000 in Germany. For reference, the Aston Martin DB9 starts from $188,295 here in the U.S., making this a pretty good bargain.