New Aston Martin DBS spied

17 May, 2012 11:46am Richard Ingram

We've got the best pictures yet of Aston's new £200,000, 550bhp DBS replacement

Following the spy shots we showed you last month, the all-new Aston Martin DBS has been caught testing again. This time the images are far clearer and give a better look at what will be the British marque’s new flagship V12.

The front end is more sculpted than before, taking inspiration from the £1.2 million One-77 supercar. Larger air intakes, a chiselled bumper and reshaped headlights complete the aggressive look.

At the back, the new DBS gets an supersized rear spoiler that flows from the sweeping roofline. The number plate is now positioned within the bumper, in keeping with current Aston models like the Vantage and four-door Rapide.

Despite being a direct replacement for the outgoing DBS, we are expecting Aston Martin to ditch the three-letter name and rifle through the back-catalogue. So and old favourite, such as Vanquish, could be on the cards.

The 6.0-litre V12 will remain, but with a power boost somewhere in the region of 40bhp – taking total displacement to around 550bhp. Add this to a lighter chassis and more aerodynamic body, we expect the DBS successor to hit 62mph in around four seconds and a top speed of 200mph.

Aston Martin is clearly fast-tracking the development of this car, so expect an official reveal as early as this summer. Sales will start towards the end of the year, with a price tag around £200,000.