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Aston Martin DBS/DB9 successor caught at the Ring preparing for Villa d'Este debut

Posted May 24th 2012 1:00PM

Aston Martin DB9/DBS successor at the Nurburgring

As much as it pains us to say it, the current core range from Aston Martin has grown a little stale. But fret not: a new model is just around the corner.

Snapped undergoing testing at the Nürburgring in this latest batch of spy shots is what looks to be a new and nearly complete V12 GT from Gaydon. Code-named AM 310, it could be a successor to either the DB9 or DBS – or could carry a different nameplate altogether and replace them both.

While the engine and platform carry over as modified versions of the existing building blocks, sources anticipate just about everything else in the new sportscar will be new. The bodywork – styled as something of a blend between the current DBS and the top-of-the-line One-77 – is tipped to be made up almost entirely of aluminum and carbon fiber, reducing the weight for the 6.0-litre V12 engine – anticipated to come with a 55-horse boost over the current DBS for a solid 565 horsepower. That ought to be sufficient to propel the rakish coupe to highway speeds in under four seconds.

An even lighter version clothed entirely in carbon fiber is also said to be in the works, but we may not have to wait that long, as the AM 310 may debut as soon as this weekend at the prestigious and glamorous Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este.

News Source: Cars UK

Image Credit: CarPix

2012 Aston Martin V12 Zagato First Look


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