Aston Martin will show its new Vanquish replacement in the summer, but a prototype has already been caught on the move.
Aston Martin recently announced it will be reviving the iconic DBS and Superleggera nameplates for its upcoming Vanquish replacement. So far, we've only seen snippets of the new flagship Super GT in a few teaser images and videos, but now a prototype has been spotted on the move at the Nurburgring, giving us a better idea of how it will look. Shown in a video uploaded by Automotive Mike, the design of Aston Martin's Vanquish replacement strongly resembles the current DB11, but a closer inspection reveals some key changes.
The DBS Superleggera sits lower to the ground than the DB11, and also has a larger grille, a shorter hood, unique front and rear lights, and a more upright tail. It also appears to have larger wheels than the DB11's 20-inch set. Quad-exhaust tips replace the DB11's dual-tip design, and there's now also a diffuser placed underneath them.
Aston Martin's aluminium architecture that debuted in the DB11 and was since used in the new Vantage will remain, but expect it to be extensively modified for the more performance-focused new Super GT. It sounds menacing, too. Aston Martin hasn't revealed any powertrain details yet, but power will most likely come from the automaker's 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12. In the DB11, the unit produces 600 horsepower, but we're expecting the DBS Superleggera to receive a significant power increase allowing it to compete against the 799-hp Ferrari 812 Superfast. Autocar claims it will be powered by a new engine not shared by an existing Aston Martin model, however.
Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer has also hinted at possibly using hybrid technology derived from the powertrain that will be used in the upcoming Valkyrie hypercar. More will be revealed when Aston Martin lifts the wraps off the DBS Superleggera in June.