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Aston Martin Malaysia today introduced the new DB9 in the country. The revised 2+2 coupe arrives with a starting base price of RM1.7 million, but with a level of customisation available, one can definitely take things further.

The Virage replacement wears an AM11 6.0 litre V12 with 510 hp at 6,500 rpm and 620 Nm at 5,500 rpm, which is 40 hp and 20 Nm more than in the previous incarnation. Performance specs include a 0-100 km/h time of 4.6 seconds and a 295 km/h top speed.

The 2013 car may look similar in general form, but AM is quick to stress that 50% of all parts and more than 70% of all body panels on this one are new. The most obvious design elements are the more pronounced rear boot ‘flip’, new bonnet structure and front grille.

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With the new also comes greater vehicle rigidity – VH architecture translates to a 20% increase in stiffness in the coupe, and it’s also a lighter proposition, 15 kg less than the old car. Structural advances are matched by optimised aerodynamics, and lightweight carbon-fibre features on a new front splitter, new rear diffuser as well as the aforementioned bootlid.

On the new items list is a three stage Adaptive Damping System (ADS), with Normal, Sport and Track modes allowing the driver to tailor the car to his personal preference.

Other fresh kit includes new HID headlights and carbon ceramic matrix brakes fitted on as standard – the new stoppers offer better response, longer life and improved performance.

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The interior features new levels of bespoke refinement – from control switches made of glass and the usual assortment of fine Bridge of Weir hides, there’s plenty of plush on call. As standard, the car gets a 700-watt AM Premium audio system, but one can always opt for the 1000-watt Bang & Olufsen Beosound system for more aural zip.

Standard wheels are 20-inch five spoke alloys, wrapped with Pirelli P Zero 245/35 front and 295/30 rear rubbers, but if that’s not your cuppa, then four other designs – all 20-inchers too – are available as options. Speaking of options, there’s a Volante body style in that mix too.