Aston Martin’s DB9 GT
The Aston Martin DB9 has been turning heads for more than a decade – which is dangerously venerable for a sportscar, even one hailed as a design classic. So, to head off any suggestion that the DB9 should be put out to pasture, Aston Martin Lagonda has unveiled its most potent version yet: the DB9 GT.
The uprated 6.0-litre V12 puts out 540bhp, which propels the GT from 0-60mph (0-96kph) in 4.5s and on to a top speed of 183mph (294kph). Frankly, that’s not earth-shattering, but to judge a DB9 on acceleration and top speed is rather missing the point. This is an elegant grand tourer, not an extreme machine. It’s hand-built to waft a driver around the bucolic shires of England in style. It has power, certainly, but not to the point of vulgarity.
The DB9 GT gets a black splitter and diffuser and discrete GT badging to distinguish it from its stablemates, while inside there’s a new, updated version of AML’s touchscreen infotainment system, AMi II, and more GT badging embroidered onto the fluted leather. And naturally there are more options than you can shake a stick at, including carbon-fibre tail- lamp inserts, side strakes, diamond-turned 10-spoke alloy wheels and alternative brake caliper colours, duotone leather seats, door inserts and head linings; and a One-77-inspired steering wheel design.
Bentley’s finest gets some muscle
While Bentley has courted a younger client base recently with the Continental GT, the Flying Spur is perhaps aimed at the more mature driver – not that the Crewe-based firm can’t present its four-door variant in a more modern guise. Enter the Flying Spur Beluga Specification. Available on 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 models, it features 20in machined alloy wheels, a gloss-black radiator matrix and a body-coloured lower grille bar. The handcrafted interior has swathes of black veneer, knurled gear-shift paddles, and deep-pile mats you could lose an army in. Why it’s named after a fish is a mystery.