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Aston Martin restyles a British road icon with the most potent version of the DB9 yet: the DB9 GT.

Aston Martin’s DB9 GT

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The new Aston Martin DB9 GT: It’s no speed demon, but this update has elegance in spades.

The Aston Martin DB9 has been turning heads for more than a decade—which is dangerously venerable for a sports car, 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 upgraded 6.0-liter V12 puts out 540 bhp, which propels the GT from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 183 mph. Frankly, that’s not earth-shattering, but to judge a DB9 on acceleration and top speed is really missing the point. This is an elegant grand tourer, not an extreme machine. It’s hand-built to waft a driver around the bucolic countryside in style. It has power but not to the point of vulgarity.

The DB9 GT gets a black splitter and diffuser and discreet GT branding  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-fiber tail-lamp inserts, diamond-turned 10-spoke alloy wheels and alternative brake caliper colors; duotone leather seats, door inserts and head linings; and a throwback One-77-inspired steering wheel.

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Golden age

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 British-based firm can’t present its four-door variant in a more modern guise. Enter the Flying Spur Beluga Specification. Available on 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 models, it features 20-inch machined alloy wheels, a gloss-black radiator matrix and a body-colored lower grill bar. The handcrafted interior has swathes of black veneer, ridged gear-shift paddles and deep-pile mats you could lose an army in. Why it’s named after a whale is a mystery.

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