Aston Martin will reportedly launch six new models over the coming six years, most being evolutionary successors to existing models in the Aston line-up. Some though are all-new; and one, the diminutive Cygnet, is destined to challenge 'AM' purists.
The earliest of the new models, according to British magazine Autocar, will be the One-77, revealed some time ago now but not officially set to launch until later this year.
Powered by a 7.0 litre version of the company’s 6.0 litre V12 donk, the Aston Martin One-77 develops an other-worldly 522kW and 705Nm of torque.
Following the One-77, and perhaps to the surprise of many, will be the Toyota iQ-based Cygnet, the company's surprise package revealed late last year.
Speaking at the unveiling of the dimunitive city car, Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez said the Cygnet is the ideal daily commuter for buyers accustomed to a level of luxury well above the average supermini offering.
More importantly, the Cygnet represents one of Aston's best chances for cutting the brand's average fleet CO2 emissions by almost 20 percent required under tightening EU laws.
Perhaps the most important of the new models, the successor to the DB9, will reportedly arrive in 2013. Styling is expected to be traditional Aston, with elements of the One-77 likely to appear also.
All else about the DB9 replacement is unknown. It is understood be in development under the codename Project VH500, but it remains to be seen whether it will continue with the DB9 name, or skip to DB10 or DB11.
Based on the DB9, a successor to the DBS is expected to follow sometime in 2015. The DBS has proven to be a winner for the British brand, exceeding sales expectations of 350 per year by around 150 cars.
Understood to be in development alongside the DB9 replacement, a new Vantage pair is expected to arrive in 2014. Weight-loss is expected to be one of the main elements in the design of the new or updated Vantage models, with the lightweight 911 in the sights.
The report also claims that Aston Martin is still working on a new Lagonda model, with the public and media response to last year's concept less than stellar. A production Lagonda, which will likely share little in common with the concept, is expected to be introduced in 2014.
As with the concept, the Lagonda is likely to continue using Mercedes-Benz' GL-Class platform, although it would draw power from an Aston-built V12.
Lastly, come 2016, Aston Martin will reportedly roll out an update for the newest model in its showrooms (by 2010 standards), the four-door Rapide. It is also believed that production of the Rapide will switch from the Magna plants in Austria back to Aston's factory in the UK.