The DB9 was designed by Ian Callum and finished by Henrik Fisker, and was first introduced at the 2003 Frankfurt Motor Show. The letters “DB” are the initials of David Brown, the owner of Aston Martin for a significant part of its history. Although it succeeded the DB7, Aston Martin did not name the car DB8 due to fears that the name would suggest that the car was equipped with a V8 engine — the DB9 has a V12.
The DB9 is the first model to be built at Aston Martin’s Gaydon facility in Warwickshire, England. In 2007, the DB9 was revised with upgraded electrical components which helped reliability, new front seat design, LED approach lights on the door handles and lowered suspension (8mm). The DB9 Volante no longer had a 266 km/h (165 mph) top-speed limiter, allowing it to attain an unrestricted top speed of 299 km/h (186 mph) should conditions allow.
The DB9 received a facelift in July 2008. This facelift was mainly the increase in engine power and torque, to 477 PS (351 kW; 470 hp) and 600 N⋅m (443 lb⋅ft), and a redesigned centre console. The Aston Martin DB9 Volante is the convertible version of the DB9 coupé. The coupé and Volante both share the same semi-automatic and automatic gearboxes and engine.