Mike Stevens | Apr 19, 2012

The replacement for Aston Martin's DB9 supercar has been spied testing in Europe, wrapped in light camouflage that reveals more than a few of the car's finer details.

As expected, the classically styled supercar will not stray far from the familiar look of its predecessors, known as the marque of choice for superspy James Bond.

Bond isn't alone in preferring the wing-badged supercoupes: late last year, a survey saw British shoppers declare Aston Martin one of the sexiest brands in business.

Replacing the eight year-old DB9, the new Aston will feature an ever-so-slightly sharper profile, along with a more pronounced character wave along its waist.

Up front, the new DB car will get a wider mouth and longer headlights, both similar to the newer Rapide four-door coupe and the Virage tourer.

The back-end sees taller and meatier haunches, and a new stretched look to the familiar tail-light design.

What we'll find under the new car's hood remains a mystery for now. The current model is driven by a Ford-sourced 350kW/600Nm 5.9 litre V12 engine, which it shares with the Virage and the Rapide.

The same engine powers the more powerful DBS, along with the V12 Vantage and the limited-edition Zagato V12 cars, tuned to deliver 380kW and 570Nm in all three.

It could be this upgrade that we'll see driving the new car, although the big V12 engine is likely coming to the end of its lifecycle - especially with brand-new V12 engines driving the competition at Ferrari and Lamborghini.

Then there's the One-77, powered by a 7.3 litre V12 that delivers a huge 560kW and 750Nm.

Such an upgrade could make the DB9 a good deal more expensive however, with the ultra-exclusive One-77 priced at around AU$4 million.

Last year, Aston entered into talks with Daimler to build brand-new Maybach models - a deal which would have seen the British carmaker take new engine technology from its German partner.

That deal fell through however, leaving Aston without an easy route to a new engine, and sending Maybach to the grave.

For now, we can only wait and see.

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