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Spied: Aston Martin DB9 Successor Tears Up the Nurburgring

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/25/2015 Kelly Pleskot

As much as you may love the Aston Martin DB9, the car is starting to show its age. But thanks to our spy photographers, we now have a better clue on what to expect for its successor.

Aston Martin DB9 Successor Mule© Provided by MotorTrend Aston Martin DB9 Successor Mule Aston Martin DB9 Successor Mule Spied: Aston Martin DB9 Successor Tears Up the Nurburgring

We spotted the successor for the DB9 out testing on the Nüburgring's Nordschleife in Germany, and it looks like Aston has made the front end slightly wider this time around. There's not much else we can glean about the design from these photos, considering this car is primarily a powertrain mule.

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Engines have not yet been confirmed on the Aston Martin DB9" target="_blank">new model, but an agreement between Aston and Mercedes-Benz could change the game. The deal gives the British automaker access to an Aston-specific version of AMG's twin-turbo V-8, which means we could see this engine in the DB9's successor. Some reports suggest the new model will use a 6.0-liter V-12 powerplant.

The new model doesn't even have a name yet, although Aston will reportedly continue with the DB label. The automaker has applied for trademarks on DB10 through DB14, so it's anyone's guess which letter/number combination it will use. Aston built 10 copies of a special DB10 for the new James Bond film "Spectre," though the automaker hasn't said that the car previews the DB9 successor.

The suspense will end soon enough since the new model is expected to debut in 2016. We expect more details on the design front will be revealed later this year.

Source: CarPix

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