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Spied: Aston Martin DB9 Successor Begins to Take Shape

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2015-04-08 Alex Nishimoto
Spied: Aston Martin DB9 Successor Begins to Take Shape

Last week, we caught a prototype for the successor to the Aston Martin DB9. The test mule looked just like a DB9, so there wasn't really much to see. Now, a prototype featuring bodywork that's likely closer to the final production car has surfaced.

The successor to the DB9 will likely wear a DB10 or DB11 badge, both of which are names that Aston trademarked last year. The new car will ride on an updated version of Aston's VH platform, which will be more aluminum-intensive. The DB9's current 5.9-liter V-12 is expected to carry over to its successor, which will also offer a Mercedes-AMG-sourced twin-turbo V-8. That optional engine could be AMG's new twin-turbo 4.0-liter unit, which offers 503 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque in the 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 S.

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It's difficult to tell where the fake cladding ends and the real bodywork begins, but this prototype definitely has something to hide. Within the masked headlight housings are side-by-side projector lamps that look different from the current DB9's lights. The front end has little in common with the special Aston Martin DB10 made for the upcoming James Bond film "Spectre," but there could be some similarities beneath the camo.

We'll find out more as the car starts to shed camouflage and we get closer to the model's debut.

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