Ever wondered what could possibly lie underneath an Aston Martin DB9's voluptuous bodywork capable of justifying the $186,450 price? Here's a gallery showing you the answer to your burning question.

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Half A Cutaway Aston Martin DB9 Is Twice As Sexy

This DB9 was cut in half and displayed outside a recent NYC event launching the Aston Martin DBS Volante.

Half A Cutaway Aston Martin DB9 Is Twice As Sexy

Well, not quite in half, looks like they erred enough to the right to preserve the Aston badge.

Half A Cutaway Aston Martin DB9 Is Twice As Sexy

That's quite a crumple zone. Combined with a super-strong aluminum box frame, excellent handling and strong brakes, supercars like this are among the safest passenger cars around.

Half A Cutaway Aston Martin DB9 Is Twice As Sexy

Like a beautiful woman, the Aston looks better with its clothes off.

Half A Cutaway Aston Martin DB9 Is Twice As Sexy

Unlike the Jaguar XJS-based DB7, the DB9 uses an all-new bespoke platform. Aston skipped using the DB8 designation because they wanted to emphasize the dramatic change rather than indicate a gradual evolution.

Half A Cutaway Aston Martin DB9 Is Twice As Sexy

Look at this attention to detail, even on an engineering cutaway. No raw edges here, they even painted the cuts and smoothed the glass.

Half A Cutaway Aston Martin DB9 Is Twice As Sexy

The hand-built 5.9-liter V12 makes 450 HP, 420 Lb-Ft of torque and sits way back in the chassis for perfect 50:50 weight distribution.

Half A Cutaway Aston Martin DB9 Is Twice As Sexy

Note the added lightness.

Half A Cutaway Aston Martin DB9 Is Twice As Sexy

Carbon fiber drive shaft reduces rotational mass.

Half A Cutaway Aston Martin DB9 Is Twice As Sexy

If you have to ask, you can't afford one. The shaft sits in a rigid torque tube that boosts chassis stiffness.

Half A Cutaway Aston Martin DB9 Is Twice As Sexy

The drastically sloped frame enables the DB9's low hood line.