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Aston Martin DB9 & Vantage facelifts coming in 2013/2014

 Aston Martin DB9 & Vantage facelifts coming in 2013/2014
2013 Aston Martin DB9 facelift artists rendering / Autocar

New facelifts will come in lieu of total revamp due to financial pressures

Aston Martin will be revamping its DB9 and Vantage models by offering facelifts due in 2013/2014, Autocar is reporting. The facelifts will allow the models an extended life as Aston Martin has postponed total revamps for the two models due to financial pressures. The key dimensions of both models will remain the same.

"We're not going to start from scratch again when we already have experience with excellent cutting-edge technology," said an Aston source in the Autocar story.

But the coming facelifts will be substantial and feature new body styling and overhauled interiors fitted to the same bonded aluminum frame of the DB9 and Vantage.

Final designs have yet to be decided upon but, according to the report, the DB9 will be taking some cues from the limited-series One-77 model. A distinct new feature will be the design line flowing from the side air vents, already a mark of the Vantage and Rapide models.

Aston Martin will also be looking to substantially reduce weight on both models to improve performance by use of lightweight materials. The current DB9 weighs in at 1760 kg (3880 lbs). The luxury British brand aims to bring that down to under 1500 kg (3307 lbs).

Engine improvements to the current V12 and V8 power-plants will also be part of the project, labeled VH500 and VH600 for the DB9 and Vantage, respectively. Those upgrades will be aimed more at reducing fuel-consumption and bettering the model's respective CO2 emissions ratings rather than boosting performance.

Autocar also has an artist rendering of what the next DB9 will look like.  Click the source link below to see the entire image.

Source: autocar

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997-GT500-STI
It needs a change.... The rear of the car is fine however, the front needs some fine touches… I believe the front has too many lines and is not well defined.
Jun 13, 2010 7:30 am
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MTC
This might be the most difficult job in the world, to improve on perfection
Jun 11, 2010 2:51 pm
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Decypha
Keeping my fingers crossed; I love the db9/dbs design so much I fear it being ruined through a facelift.
Jun 10, 2010 8:08 pm
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Mikeado
Hopefully trying to improve on the DB9 and Vantage won't end up like the E-Type Jaguar - out of all the styling updates they did, the original 1961 design was always the best one. I can just imagine the DB9 becoming a 2-door Rapide (and yes they are currently different), and the AMV8 being a shorter squatter version of that, a bit like now. There will probably be a few other revisions and unique touches underneath (a DB9 Vantage would be good, although I think that's what the DBS should've been in the first place). Hopefully no OTT aspects of the ONE-77 will make it on these two more discrete GTs.
Jun 10, 2010 8:02 pm
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joelynn
its only recently that this trend for fanatical face-lifting and updating has hit europe. A good design used to run 20-30 years with only minor updates. like the DBS/V8 from 67-89
Jun 10, 2010 7:51 pm
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M!
on one hand, it is great for the current owners as its shelf life is extended.
Jun 10, 2010 7:23 pm
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carcrazy1234
why fix something that doesn't need fixing -- should be aston's motto lol. aston's will always remain the pornographic dream of the car world hahha
Jun 10, 2010 7:22 pm
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GRAVE
They only do facelifts cuz this is the only design they can make!
Jun 10, 2010 6:28 pm
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mn07
they should give out the facelift out this year and by 2013 bring out the new design
Jun 10, 2010 6:26 pm
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Soorena
a bit late for DB9,Right almost everyone says that DB9 look never gets old , but come on this car is 6 years old already so facelifting in 2013 makes it a 9 years old design!!
Jun 10, 2010 6:23 pm
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Mikeado
And by then it'll be ready.
Jun 10, 2010 7:57 pm
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