The obvious badge for the DB7’s replacement would have been DB8, but it was thought this might cause confusion with the planned V8 Vantage, so the car was named DB9.

Construction-wise, the new DB had an immensely stiff, bonded aluminium frame onto which the body panels were attached, using high-tech adhesives. The bonnet, roof and rear wings were aluminium, while the front wings and boot lid were composite. The entire structure was 25 percent lighter than the DB7s body shell alone.

The DB9 was powered by essentially the same V12 DB7 engine, but produced 450bhp and 570Nm. The front-mounted engine was linked to a rear-mounted gearbox to help achieve a 50:50 weight distribution. Two transmissions were offered; a conventional six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic.

Inside, the DB9 had a plush and well-appointed cabin. There was a new abundance of aluminium, and also, unusually, the rev-counter ran anti-clockwise.

The DBS derivative appeared in 2007, which used a 5.9-litre V12 producing 510bhp and 570Nm. The car incorporated unique cooling ducts in the front bumper and bonnet, and featured silver lights and a carbon-fibre diffuser at the rear.

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