New Aston DB9 spied

26 Mar, 2012 12:26pm Luke Madden

Next-generation Aston Martin DB9 spotted testing, with a new look inspired by the Rapide and One-77

Aston Martin is preparing to release a new version of the DB9, and these pictures reveal its new One-77 and Rapide-inspired design. 

The larger headlights, complete with built-in LEDs are new, along with the more aggressive bumpers and side-skirts. At the rear, there’s more of a lip on the bootlid and the narrow horseshoe lights are clearly inspired by the limited-edition One-77. 

Underneath the skin the new DB9 will use a tweaked version of the current car’s platform which will be re-engineered to make the car lighter, more comfortable and better handling. 

At least some of the newly styled body panels are likely to be constructed from lightweight materials like composite plastics or even carbon-fibre in an effort to cut the car’s kerbweight by around 150kgs. 

The engine will be the same 6.0-litre V12 used in the current DB9 but Aston Martin will be looking at cutting CO2 emissions to around 300g/km and improve on the current car's fuel economy of 18mpg.

Expect to see the new DB9 make its official debut at the beginning of 2013.