Sentiment is a chemical defect found in the loosing side. And we mere mortals, all of us, are on the loosing side because here before us we have perhaps the last Aston Martin DB9’s to get the special edition treatment. Or it could well be that Aston Martin will do a ‘Lord of The Rings’ and have multiple endings planned for the DB9 before the DB10 arrives next year.
Actually Aston Martin have done a ‘James Bond’ that’s what this limited to 150 examples DB9 is named after. Meet the DB9 GT Bond Edition. It is a styling exercise, exorcised by the creative minds of Gaydon’s marketing department.
As with all special edition models you get special edition stuff like Spectre Silver paint work to reflect not only the light reflecting off those glorious DB9 lines but also the forthcoming Bond film, Spectre. And potential owners will also get ‘Bond Edition’ exterior badging.
The DB9 Bond Edition is loosely based on the DB9 GT so you also get unique ten-spoke gloss black diamond turned 20-inch alloy wheels; bright aluminium bonnet vents, side strakes and grille; carbon fibre front splitter and rear diffuser, and grey brake calipers.
The Bond theme continues inside with a subtle homage to James Bond such as unique numbered sill plaques featuring the familiar 007 logo; gun barrel embroidery on the 2+2’s rear seat divider and a special Bond Edition start-up screen on the new model’s AMi II touch-sensitive Aston Martin infotainment system.
The DB9 GT Bond Edition has a classic soundtrack to add match any Bond film can muster. The 6.0-litre V12 engine is capable of generating 547 PS at 6750 rpm, and 620 Nm of torque at 5500 rpm. The fastest DB9 model yet.
The V12 is mated to a rear mid-mounted Touchtronic II six-speed transmission with electronic shift-by-wire control system which enables this example to sprint from 0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds, and reach a top speed of 183 mph.
All-round independent double wishbone suspension is aided by an Adaptive Damping System (ADS) which allows the driver to select three settings Normal, Sport and Track modes for the most liberated of DB9 experiences.
And that’s not all, Aston have also tied up with Bond’s favorite watch maker, Omega, yes the Bond fantasy isn’t complete if you don’t own and wear an Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra.
God bless you product placement opportunists.