Back in May, Aston Martin announced the Hybrid Hydrogen-powered Rapide S as a special entry in the 41st ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nürburgring. Now the company has teamed up with Bosch Engineering to develop a plug-in-hybrid variant of the DB9 sports car. Could this be a clear sign that Aston Martin is considering hybridization for its future models?
The car received no exterior updates, except, of course, for the expected Bosch swag so we don’t forget who helped electrify the DB9.
All of the major work was made under the hood, where the two companies combined a V-12 engine powering the front wheels with an electric motor for the rear wheels. As a result, this hybrid DB9 will deliver a total of 740 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque.
On top of the amazing output – 230 horsepower and 193 pound-feet of torque more than the base DB9 – Aston Martin also announced a full-electric range of 16 miles. Rumors are also circulating that the hybrid DB9 will be about 10-percent quicker than the standard car.
Bosch equipped the car with the latest ESP system with four different driving modes: safe, sport, drift, and custom. For the interior, Bosch developed TFT dials and an in-car touchscreen system, which obviously will double as a hybrid system monitor.
Aston Martin released the DB9 back in 2005 and up to the 2013 model year, the sports car remained pretty much unchanged. For 2013, however, Aston Martin is offering a series of improvements on the exterior and interior, plus a highly upgraded engine.
A standard Aston Martin DB9 is powered by a 5,935 cc V-12 engine that delivers a total of 510 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 457 pound-feet of torque at 5,500 rpm. As a result DB9 will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds and it has a top speed of 183 mph.