Aston Martin cranks the DB9 up to 540 hp with new GT model

The Aston Martin DB9 has been around for quite awhile, and with an all-new model on the horizon, it looks like Aston is exerting itself to maintain customer interest.

The DB9 GT is being billed as the most powerful version of the DB9 yet, a boast that’s supported by several notable upgrades inside and out.

The DB9 GT features the same 5.9-liter V12 engine that’s been offered in virtually every Aston model for the past few years. For this new DB9 iteration, its output is increased by 30 horsepower to 540, while torque remains unchanged at 457 pound-feet.

All of that power is sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission with electronic shift-by-wire manual control. Aston says the DB9 GT will do 0 to 62 mph in 4.5 seconds, and reach a top speed of 183 mph.

In addition to the added horsepower, the DB9 GT gets some added computing power as well, in the form of Aston’s AMi II touchscreen infotainment system. Pulled from the Vanquish, it features a revised menu setup that is easier to use, the carmaker says.

Aston claims to have improved features including hands-free text messaging, vehicle status information, and customizable screen background themes. Bluetooth streaming audio is part of the package as well.

Following its “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” styling philosophy, Aston has made fairly few changes to the exterior. The DB9 GT is distinguished by model-specific 10-spoke alloy wheels, black anodized brake calipers, a black front splitter and rear diffuser, and revised headlights and taillights. Those slight changes actually make the GT look a bit like the discontinued, DB9-based Virage.

There are also plenty of ways to personalize this already-rare beast, including optional carbon fiber trim, different interior trim materials, and two steering wheel choices: one wrapped in Alcantara, and another designed to look like the one from Aston’s One-77 supercar.

The Aston Martin DB9 GT is available to order now, starting at $199,950.