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New Aston Martin Vanquish spotted: range-topping grand-tourer prepares for launch

The DBS successor has been spied multiple times ahead of an expected reveal later this year.

Aston Martin’s flagship has been spied testing once more and looks almost ready to take the fight to Ferrari in the front-engined supercar class. It could be called Vanquish or DBS, but we do know it’ll feature a bespoke exterior design to differentiate it from the rest of the Aston Martin range. 

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These latest images show less camouflage on the bonnet, indicating the presence of extra air vents needed to cool the engine. There’s also a new set of alloy wheels and a quad-exhaust set up to the rear with massive exhaust tips on display.  

Compared to the old DBS, we believe this new model will sport a bespoke body, cutting its aesthetic ties to the DB11. Instead, the new car will feature a larger body that’s not shy about accentuating its large overhangs, creating a much more dramatic shape. The bonnet is extremely long and sits low over the front wheels, with a large slatted front grille and upright headlights that look similar to those used on the new Aston Martin Vantage.

The rear looks even more dramatic thanks to a far more blocky and muscular set of rear arches that emulate the original Ian Callum-designed Aston Martin Vanquish of the 2000s. As well as more width, they also now sit as one unbroken surface with the C-pillar, punctuated by a much squarer rear quarter window.

As the tail extends beyond the rear screen Aston has given it a far more aggressive built-in lip spoiler, similar in shape to the one on the limited-run Aston Martin Victor. Don’t be fooled by what looks like a full-width rear light bar, that’s merely part of the camouflage. The real rear lights sit beneath somewhere. 

Behind those 21-inch wheels are a giant set of brake discs and calipers, which should provide enough stopping force for what will be one of the most powerful Aston Martins ever made. 

As for what engine will find its home under the bonnet, that is still very much up for speculation, The AMG-sourced twin-turbocharged V8 engine is capable of producing some serious horsepower, but we suspect the DBS’ twin-turbocharged 5.2-litre V12 engine will be utilised given the new car’s lofty positioning in the Aston Martin line up.

As for the rest of the technical side, we’ll have to wait and see. As the performance flagship, we expect it to feature more than a few chassis toys to contain the expected power outputs, while not compromising too much on its GT credentials.

Now read more about the new Aston Martin Vantage...

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A keen petrol-head, Alastair Crooks has a degree in journalism and worked as a car salesman for a variety of manufacturers before joining Auto Express in Spring 2019 as a Content Editor. Now, as our senior news reporter, his daily duties involve tracking down the latest news and writing reviews.

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