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Aston Martins Will Never Again Have Something As Awesome As This

Which makes the departing DB9 all the more special.

The Aston Martin DB9 is no more. As we just reported, DB9 production has officially ended, marking the end of a 13-year era. Although its successor, the stunning DB11, will soon take its place, we have nothing but praise for the DB9. Sure, there were a few things about it here and there, like its dated infotainment system, that really showed its age, but there’s one thing in particular that we absolutely cherish: its naturally aspirated 6.0-liter V12 engine. With a total of 510 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque, this engine represents one of the last of its kind.

Natural aspiration is quickly making way for twin-turbocharged engines, such as the new 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12 powering the DB11. But have you ever heard the sound of a naturally aspirated V12? In case you haven’t, check out our latest unboxing review where we go into detail about the 2016 Aston Martin DB9 Volante.

What is a Volante? It’s Aston Martin-speak for a convertible, and it’s as equally stunning as its coupe counterpart. So why are naturally aspirated V12s being phased out? One word: emissions. Automakers everywhere are being forced to drastically reduced C02 emissions, and turbocharging engines is one way to make that happen. Bottom line: V12s, like the one in the DB9, will soon become extinct. Special thanks to Los Gatos Luxury Cars for letting us shoot the car.

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