The successor to Aston Martin’s now legendary DB9 supercar has been spied testing this week, although there’s few clues to be found in these first shots.
This prototype, caught lapping the Nurburgring, is undoubtedly built around a new modular platform that will underpin all of Aston Martin’s future models.
Looking for all the world like a lightly bruised DB9, the spied coupe rides on a subtly stretched wheelbase, made obvious where the bonnet and front guards meet - or barely meet - the firewall and A-pillars.
There is little else to tell this prototype apart from the current DB9, although it is no surprise that Aston is not yet ready to let its new-look supercar out in front of the cameras.
Aston’s new platform can be expected to debut first with the DB9’s replacement in late 2016, and new Vantage and Vanquish models will likely follow in the years leading up to 2020.
A replacement for the four-door Rapide is likely also on the cards, although reports sugest that model is not expected to appear until closer to 2020.
Styling for the DB9’s successor remains a mystery. Although we can expect Aston to maintain elements of its iconic design language, recent concepts and special-edition models reveal that the company is all-too-happy to push that theme in unexpected new directions.
The new model's name is likewise a mystery, and reports suggest the company itself is undecided - although the coming James Bond: Spectre debut for the special 'DB10' concept may be the first sign of a final decision.
On the mechanical front, it is known that next-generation Aston models will be powered by AMG-sourced V8 engines - possibly including the new 4.0 litre turbo engine that drives the new GT Coupe and C 63 models.
Other Mercedes and AMG technologies are expected to come to Aston as part of its new partnership, meaning that next-generation safety and convenience systems will help to modernise the British brand’s range.