'The Aston Martin DB9 is a thoroughbred sports car with GT levels of comfort and refinement. Combining Aston Martin's unique character with an uncompromising design philosophy, the DB9 was borne out of a synthesis of traditional craftsmanship, high-tech manufacturing, modern components and use of the finest materials.' - Aston Martin.
Launched in 2003 as successor to the DB7, the DB9 is the first model to be built at Aston Martin's new factory at Gaydon, Warwickshire, where production continues today. Like its predecessor, the DB9 was styled by Ian Callum, the finishing touches being applied by Henrik Fisker. State-of-the-art manufacturing techniques are employed in making the aluminium/composite body, which is robotically assembled using a combination of self-piercing rivets and adhesive. Although some 25% lighter than that of the DB7, this advanced bodyshell possesses double the structural stiffness.
The DB9 is powered by a development of the 5.9-litre, 48-valve, V12 engine found in the DB7 Vantage, which produces 470bhp, an output sufficient to propel the aerodynamic coupé to a top speed of 305km/h (189mph) with 60mph attainable from a standing start in a neck-snapping 4.6 seconds. The aluminium engine is mounted as far back as possible in the chassis while the transmission/final drive is positioned ahead of the rear axle, resulting in 85% of the car's mass being sited between the axles and a perfect 50/50 front/rear weight distribution. Transmission options are a six-speed manual or six-speed 'Touchtronic 2' automatic.
Inside the DB9 one finds the typically elegant, luxurious and supremely comfortable hand-crafted interior traditionally associated with Aston Martin, featuring primarily wood and leather trim as well as the latest in modern technology, subtly deployed. Although scheduled for a slightly higher production level than previous Aston Martins, the DB9 remains an exclusive product affordable only by a privileged few. Its price at launch was £111,000, with the Volante convertible some £14,000 more.
A six-speed 'Touchtronic' model, this DB9 Coupé was purchased by the immediately preceding owner on 29th April 2007 (at 38,000 miles) via Stratstone, Birmingham from its first owner, a Mr Graeff of Stanford in the Vale, Oxfordshire. The current (third) owner purchased the Aston at Bonhams' sale at Mercedes-Benz World, Brooklands in December 2010 (Lot 564).
'RX54 XBO' comes with full Aston Martin service history, mainly from Lancaster Reading and Stratstone Birmingham, there being eight stamps in the service booklet. Nicholas Mee & Co carried out the service on 23rd December 2011 at 39,599 miles (current reading: 39,993 miles). The car is finished in Tungsten with Iron Ore Red leather upholstery and Moon Shadow headlining, while other noteworthy features include mahogany veneers, upgraded Linn 260W audio system, cruise control, heated front screen, satellite navigation, parking aid, powered-fold mirrors, smoker's kit, cell 'phone, tyre pressure kit and a Tracker device. Taxed and MoT'd to December 2013, this highly desirable Aston Martin supercar is described as in generally excellent condition and ready to drive away. Offered with Swansea V5C document.