Mike Stevens | Jul 15, 2011

The Aston Martin DBS, despite being torn to shreds on two occasions by James Bond, remains the British carmaker's flagship supercar.

Late next year, Aston's hero car will reportedly get a major update - just in time for "Bond 23" director Sam Mendes to destroy it.

The DBS is now into its fifth year on the job, and its progenitor - the DB9 - is positively ancient at eight years old. According to Britain's Autocar, we can expect a number of exterior and interior updates in late 2012.

Among the styling tweaks described are a new interpretation of the iconic Aston grille, along with sharper One-77 inspired character lines down the body.

The 2013 DBS will reportedly hold onto its current 5.9 litre V12 engine - which also powered the limited-edition V12 Zagao - but with power increased to around 400kW. Expect a number of efficiency and emissions-focused updates here also.

The updated DBS will be expected to hold the fort until around 2015 or 2016, when an all-new model is reportedly slated to arrive.


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