Thanks Nick, she had 10 years in an R33 GTSt and currently pootles around in a 3.0d Manual A5 Quattro. She does barely any miles any more and doesn't really drive "enthusiastically" but wants a bit more of a special experience when she does use a car, and mine is rarely there for her to use.
She discounted a 2015 RS5 at the weekend as it was too similar to her A5 and didn't feel special enough for the money.
DB9s are sexy beasts. Damn, my heart rate is increasing just thinking of those beautiful cars. Simon, you should get whatever you want since it's your choice. If my opinion mattered, I'd get the Aston. R8s are cool and the car is a monster, but I'd much rather have a classy, British racing pedigree car than an Audi that you see on the road a lot. And the DB9s sound insane if you do performance related things to it.
I agree, DB9's look excellent in the flesh and the interior is very high quality. Having driven one though, they aren't for hustling around quickly, feel very heavy when driving but soooo smooth and the engines are torquey.
I spent a year looking at these, and Maserati's (the 4.7 coupes) as well as Nissan GT-R's, before driving the latter, loving it and ultimately buying one (after seeing many, many for sale).
The DB9's apparently have known problems with oil leaks - in the same way as GT-R's have bellhousing issues - but aside from that seem to be strong. One thing I really noticed (looking at 09 cars) was just how good the brakes, wheel hubs, underside looked - never saw any ropey ones at all. Have never seen other cars with such consistently good looking non-rusty etc mechanicals, weird! Guess the owners /AM really go to town on them at servicing and/or very high quality parts used.
Anyhow, that's my twopenneth. Enjoy whatever you go for.
Hey Simon, how has the DB9 been holding up? I've seen a lot of the new Aston Martins, and they do not come anywhere close to the classiness and sexiness the DB9s or the older V8 Vantages from the mid 2000s possess. V12 must sound Godly I reckon?
In #TUT this week, we wondered if you could take your modified, tuned, performance or even show car onto any race circuit in the world, which would you choose and why?
Looked up the new Lotus car (hideous generic design, should have added a V10 twin turbo engine instead) on Google and one of the pages below was the Tesla forums. I decided to peak in to see what shi*t unfolds there. My God, what a bunch of fascists. It is extremely scary reading their threads...
We are kicking off our #TUT feature with a low blow – how low can you go?
We often see modded cars out on the roads scraping over the speedbumps – so what is the norm – what’s acceptable – and what ride height is simply ridiculous? Show us what you've got!
This R35 GTR takes it to the next...