Half A Cutaway Aston Martin DB9 Is Twice As Sexy

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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Note the added lightness.

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Carbon fiber drive shaft reduces rotational mass.

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

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

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DISCUSSION

Wow, there is a LOT of space between the grille and the engine, I'm guessing maybe the production car puts a radiator in there? Either that or the DB9 is a miracle of air cooling, and no one bothered mentioning this to me.