The range-topping Aston Martin DBS will be replaced by an all-new model at the end of the year – and we’ve caught it cold.
Our spy photographers spotted the as yet unnamed DBS replacement taking a fuel break during its cold weather testing programme in this exclusive shot. It shows the new car’s more muscular lines, inspired by the £1.2million One-77 supercar.
Under the disguise will be a development of Aston’s familiar front end, with LEDs around the headlights, a larger grille and dramatic air intakes.
An aggressive crease runs around the car, accentuating the pumped up haunches, while a new roofline and radical new mirror arms will feature. An Aston Martin source told us it’s an evolutionary style and that the model will continue the company’s proud history of producing some of the world’s most beautiful cars.
According to our source, Aston isn’t interested in a horsepower race. However, the 6.0-litre V12 engine is rumoured to have been extensively reworked, with power expected to rise from 510bhp to possibly around 550bhp.
Combine this with a significant weight drop thanks to the use of lightweight materials in the body and chassis, and we’d expect a 0-62mph time of around four seconds and a top speed close to 200mph. Economy and emissions should also benefit – sub 300g/km of CO2 and an average mpg of above 20mpg will be a big improvement over current figures.
The DBS replacement won’t herald a new platform strategy; instead it will continue the development of the VH platform that first saw the light of day in the DB9. The new car will blend existing components with new, advanced materials and parts for a sharper, more focused drive, but high levels of comfort.
Inside, the new model will take Aston interiors to a new level of style and quality, with a delicious blend of leather, carbon fibre and steel, plus the very latest in connectivity and a bespoke audio system that is likely to be supplied by Bang & Olufsen.
The new car is set to go on sale at the end of this year, with prices around the £190,000 mark.