The new Aston Martin DB9, scheduled to be available in global markets in 2016, has been spotted undergoing tests. If the manufacturers will retain the DB nomenclature or come up with a new one is still unclear.
The appearance is that of a slightly modified current DB9. The mule appeared to be testing chassis and internal components. With an all-new bonded aluminium platform, the DB9 will be powered by a new twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre AMG V8 motor. The engine will be mated to Mercedes’ new nine-speed automatic transmission. The new V8 will develop 503bhp and 66.2kgm of torque.
“There’ll be a little more revolution in it. It will be unmistakably an Aston and a DB at that, but it will look fresh and modern”, said Aston Martin design director, Marek Reichman said about the shape of the new car.
Although AMG will not deliver a bespoke version for Aston, it will alter existing engines to respond like an Aston Martin engine. Bespoke engine management, exhaust systems and modified turbo-boost pressures is expected.