The Aston Martin DB9 has always been a luxurious, rapid machine, but with the arrival of the DB9 GT, it now offers even greater levels of comfort and speed. Defined by the British company as showcasing the very best of DB9, this model is the most powerful DB9 to date, with its high-revving 5.9-litre V12 motor churning out a substantial 540bhp.
The DB9 GT, which makes its public debut at this week's Goodwood Festival of Speed, now sprints to 62mph in a rapid 4.5 seconds and keeps going all the way to 183mph and features a standard-fit six-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, adaptive damping lets the driver choose between 'Normal', 'Sport' and 'Track' modes, depending upon the type of driving they're doing.
Changes to the GT over the standard car include a slicker touchscreen media system, which now has a simplified menu system and offers text message integration, vehicle status information and more options to let owners personalise the system's background themes. It also includes AM, FM and digital radio reception, with Bluetooth audio streaming functions.
The GT gains several exterior tweaks, too, such as black-painted splitter and rear diffuser detailing, revised headlight and taillight designs and new 10-spoke 20-inch alloy wheels. Black anodised brake calipers and an engraved aluminium fuel filler cap also distinguish the GT from the base model. Inside, the GT receives GT-embroidered fluted leather seats and an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel.