With Aston Martin’s flagship DBS coupe expected to be replaced by a new model soon, we’ve spotted a lightly camouflaged Aston Martin testing at the Green Hell.
From what we can see, styling continues to evolve from the current crop of Aston Martin cars. Around front, the new car gains influence from the limited-production One-77 supercar. Headlamps seem smaller and more purposeful, though the car’s hood vents, quarter windows, and lower front air dam remain camouflaged. From the side, the car appears longer and lower thanks to more curvaceous fenders with distinctive crease lines, which tie the looks to the newer Aston Martin Virage. Out back, the tail finishes off with a larger, more pronounced spoiler integrated into the trunk lid and rear fenders. The dual exhaust tips peek through the rear diffuser.
When it debuts, the DBS successor is expected to be powered by the automaker’s 5.9-liter V-12 revamped to produce as much as 600 horsepower. Whatever Aston Martin decides to call the upcoming car — perhaps just DBS — it’s likely to benefit from weight reduction measures designed to lower fuel consumption and enhance the overall driving experience. According to our photographer, the more-power-with-lighter-weight strategy seems to be paying off as the new Aston Martin lapped the Green Hell at a “very quick” pace. Then again, so would a current 2012 Aston Martin DBS…
The current Aston Martin DBS flagship won’t be retiring quietly as the British automaker has commissioned the DBS Ultimate to celebrate the marquee’s 100th anniversary. What would you like to see from Aston Martin’s next regular-production flagship car?