The V12 engine in particular seems nearly obsolete, especially when you consider that Ferrari
got 612 horsepower out of a V12 with the same displacement without forced induction in the competing 599 GTB Fiorano. That's a difference of 142 horsepower, and you will definitely feel the difference when you step on the gas. Now, the Ferrari costs more than a DB9 and a half, but the Aston still costs a bit over $200,000 and for that price, you don't want something obsolete. That is, unless its coolness makes up for it, and for quite a few buyers, it does. And of course, as we mentioned earlier, the DB9 isn't all about speed anyway.