Spy Shots: A Very Early Look at the 2024 Aston Martin DB12
Aston Martin unveiled the DB11 in 2016 as a successor for the DB9. It was the company’s first model launched under the Daimler AG ownership and was an instant success: during its official launch at the Geneva Motor Show over 1,400 units were ordered on the spot. However, the car faded over the years, and now after six years of production, Aston Martin is preparing to replace it.
Our spy photographers caught a mule of the DB11 successor - believed to be called DB12 - out on the streets for some initial testing. The only difference when compared to the DB11 is the modified front bumper and — presumably — the bones underneath the skin.
The Aston Martin V12 Vantage Debuts Today: Watch The Livestream Right Here
The wait for the 2023 Aston Martin V12 Vantage is finally over. Aston will unveil the car tomorrow, ie the 16th of March. The V12 is finally making a comeback to the Vantage line, and boy, are we excited!
UPDATE: The Aston Martin Vantage debuts today at 8 a.m. EDT. Watch the livestream right here:
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Aston Martin DBX S Spied During Winter Test
Earlier today Aston Martin dropped a teaser video that announced the arrival of the "world’s most powerful luxury SUV" on February 1st, 2022. Just a few hours later our spy photographers were able to catch the upcoming range-topping version of the DBX out for some last-minute testing in the snow.
2022 Aston Martin V12 Vantage RS test mule spied again
Aston Martin is preparing to say "Good Bye" to the V-12 engine with one last special edition Vantage. It will be called Vantage RS and should be unveiled in the first half of 2022.
A test mule confirmed once again the existence of the Vantage RS, as our spy photographers caught it out for a testing session on the public roads at the Nürburgring, while the track is closed.
The model will be limited to only 299 units.
These Photos Confirm Aston Martin Has a High-Performance DBX in the Works
Back in August 2021 we learned that Aston Martin was planning a whole bunch of different DBX models, and I even went so far to suggest that a DBX coupe is inevitable. These new spy shots aren’t of that crazy model, but this is the DBX S – the high-performance DBX that you probably didn’t know you’d want. Our photographers caught it blazing around the Nürburgring in all its glory.
A New Prototype Suggests Aston Martin Is Doing Unthinkable Things to the Vantage
Aston Martin is one of the more enigmatic brands that we occasionally remember is up to something. That said, the British brand, like others, has a certain pattern in which it does things. When the previous-generation Vantage came out, it was equipped with a 4.3-liter V-8. It later grew to a 4.7-liter, but performance was still "meh" compared to some Ferrari or Porsche offerings. That said, in 2009, the entry-level Aston Martin got a V-12. Now, it seems Aston Martin is about to do the same thing to the current Vantage.
2019 Aston Martin Vanquish
Launched in 2016, the DB11 brought Aston Martin into a new era, one that sees a brand-new platform replacing the Vertical\Horizontal underpinnings that entered production in 2004. With the DB11 having replaced the iconic DB9 and a new-generation Vantage almost ready for a public debut, Aston Martin is now working on a new version of the Vanquish, and a prototype was just spotted on the Nurburgring track.
Not much is known about the upcoming Vanquish, but the spy shots suggest a DB11-inspired design. This is far from surprising though, as the DB11 was used to introduce the company’s latest styling language. So much like the DB9, which inspired the rest of the Aston Martin lineup back in the day, the DB11 will lend many of its features to the new Vantage and Vanquish. Of course, the Vanquish will be most aggressive of the trio in terms of styling, but also as far as performance goes.
There’s no word as to when the new Vanquish will arrive, but given that the second-gen model is five years old as of 2017, I don’t think we’ll see it sooner than late 2018 in showrooms. But, until that happens, let’s take a closer look at what we already know about the British grand tourer.
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2018 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Speedster
Introduced in 2012, the second-generation Vanquish isn’t yet as old as the model it replaced, but it won’t be long until Aston Martin unleashes the third-generation car. And it seems that the grand tourer is getting a proper send off with several special-edition models up for grabs. Arguably the most spectacular of them all is the Zagato, which was built in both coupe and Volante body styles. Limited to only 99 units each, the Zagatos are long gone as of 2017, but if you’re still looking to get one, Aston Martin just unveiled two new version wearing the Zagato badge. One of them is the Vanquish Zagato Speedster, a two-seat drop-top that steps away from the usual convertible configuration.
The Speedster’s arrival is far from surprising, because we’ve already seen a camo-free example being driver near the Nurburgring track earlier this summer. However, it is a bit surprising that it was designed as a two-seater, as is the fact that Aston Martin expanded the current Vanquish Zagato range to no fewer than four models, including a shooting brake. Find out more about the Zagato Speedster and what makes it stands out compared to other models in the review below.
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2018 Aston Martin DB11 S
Introduced in 2016 as a replacement for the iconic DB9, the Aston Martin DB11 brought the British carmaker into a new era, one that finally sees the old VH platform retired. Now using lighter underpinnings engineered with help from Mercedes-AMG, the grand tourer is more than capable of competing against its more modern rivals. However, the DB11 is still a long way from becoming a proper vehicle lineup, with the convertible still under development. But this may end by the end of 2017, as Aston Martin is already testing a higher performance version of the coupe.
Spotted on public roads for the very first time in 2017, the beefed-up DB11 uses a new aerodynamic package that includes a reworked bumper, new side skirts, and a race-inspired diffuser at the back. Although Aston Martin has yet to confirm it is working on a new version and there aren’t many hints out there, I believe that this is a more powerful variant of the DB11. Several reports suggest that it could wear an "S" badge, just like the upgraded version of the Vanquish. Expect this new model to break cover by the end of the year, probably before the BD11 Volante will be unveiled in early 2018. Meanwhile, let’s have a closer look at what we already know about the DB11 S in the speculative review below.
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Strange Looking Aston Martin Vantage GT12 Roadster Caught Testing
Earlier this year, Aston Martin showed off a fully, road-legal one-off roadster version of the Vantage GT12 that was tailor made by Q – Aston Martin’s customization division. That car was shown off at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and has since been delivered to its rightful and very lucky owner. That being the case, it came as quite a shock to everyone here in the office when we received a round of spy shots of what appears to be a Vantage GT12 Roadster. The car is being put through the paces on the roads around the Nürburgring and was spotted with the top up and down throughout the session.
The fact that the car is being tested with the top up and down tells us that Aston is seriously testing the car, but the question is for what. The GT12 Roadster was a one-off, so it is a bit surprising to see another one of these wild roadsters being put through the paces. Preliminary investigations have yielded little information, but we suspect that Aston Martin has decided to do a limited run of the GT12 Roadster. It only makes sense, really. The one-off shown earlier this year saw a lot of positive attention and surely, the owner of that one isn’t the only person who has aspired to have a roadster version of the GT12.
At this point, we suspect that this mule is rocking the same 6.0-liter V-12 as the Vantage Coupe. It should deliver 600 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque through a seven-speed transmission. That said, it should have a 60-mph sprint of around 3.6 seconds with a top speed in the 200-mph range. It is probably sporting an updated suspension system to help make up for the lack of body stability without a metal roof and could have other chassis refinements as well. Handling of the roadster is probably quite similar to that of the coupe it is based on, but it probably experiences a little extra body flex. Either way, we’ll be keeping our eyes and ears open and will bring you additional information about this model as it becomes available.
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Aston Martin’s successor to the DB9 is out testing again. No need to get the champagne out though, as the photos we just received from our paparazzi depict the same camouflaged prototype we’ve seen so many times. Not the one wearing the swirly black-and-white wrap, but the all-black coupe that could very well fill in as Mad Max’s personal car in the next installment of the post-apocalyptic film series.
Just take a look at that rear end and the massive hunk of metal between those prototype tallights and tell me it wouldn’t be perfect in providing protection for a huge tank of gasoline. But yeah, I know, it’s not as cool as the mighty Interceptor.
Anyway, since there’s is not much to talk about based on these photos, let’s do a quick recap of what we already know.
First, there’s a big chance this new grand tourer will come with a DB11 badge. Second, the styling should blend cues from both the 2015 Aston Martin DB10 "James Bond" car and the current 2013 Aston Martin DB9. As we found out earlier this month, the interior will feature a few parts sourced from the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, as well as Mercedes electronics (possibly a Comand infotainment system too). Under the hood, look for both Aston Martin’s traditional V-12, as well as the AMG’s 4.0-liter V-8. The smaller unit will find its way into all future Aston Martin models as part of a deal the British signed with Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz.
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We’ve already found out that the 2017 Aston Martin DB9 successor will arrive in late 2016 with a turbocharged, 4.0-liter V-8 developed by AMG and now we can confirm that the grand tourer will borrow more from Mercedes-Benz. According to the latest bunch of spy shots sent to us by our paparazzi, the DB11 (the name is not yet official) will feature 2014 Mercedes S-Class-sourced instrument dials, a rotary controller for the infotainment system, as well as switches for the air conditioning system.
Even though it’s more than obvious that this isn’t the final interior (notice the way the switches are taped to the passenger side of the center stack), this is proof that Aston Martin is getting plenty of electronics from its new partner in Stuttgart. I wouldn’t be surprised if the deal included a Comand infotainment system as well, but if it does, it would be specifically tuned to meet the needs of an Aston Martin.
Until further details surface one way or another, all we know is the DB9’s successor will get both V-8 and V-12 powerplants, with some rumors claiming Gaydon will turbocharge the V-12 as well in order to reduce the brand’s carbon footprint. As previously mentioned, the DB11 will also ride on a new platform and feature new styling, likely based on that of the 2015 Aston Martin DB10 movie car built for the upcoming James Bond "Spectre" film.
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With a healthy injection of cash, Aston Martin is working at a feverish pace to update its lineup. A new crossover has already been confirmed, but the next new model we’re likely to see from the British automaker is the 2017 Aston Martin DB11 – a high-performance grand touring coupe to replace the long-in-the-tooth DB9. Based on our latest batch of spy shots, the car is coming along quite well.
Excluding the doors and the roof panel, this particular DB11 prototype is still heavily cladded to obscure the final styling of the car, but it isn’t wearing the swirly camouflage or the wheel covers that we saw about a month ago. One interesting part of the camouflage is that it has been applied to the outer edges of the roof, from the A-pillar back to the C-pillar, which could suggest that Aston Martin might be looking to do some sort of contrasting aluminum treatment similar to what was shown on the DBX Concept. While we’ll have to wait to see what the DB11 really looks like, the good news is that this now the third time since late March that the DB11 has been spotted testing on the Nürburgring.
All that track time is necessary to get the Mercedes AMG-sourced engines tuned for the ultra-lux brand. In all likelihood, the 2017 Aston Martin DB11 will be available with the Mercedes twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 and the 6.0-liter V-12, which could produce about 550 horsepower and 650 horsepower, respectively. We can’t wait to get video of the DB11 being tested to see what these AMGs sound like in the DB11, but until then, check out the latest spy shots to see how James Bond’s next car is progressing.
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It’s been a full month since the successor to the Aston Martin DB9 was spotted testing at the Nurburgring, and two weeks since it made its first public appearance with new bodywork, and the upcoming grand tourer surfaced yet again. Is it just me, or is the next DB9 — likely to be named the DB11 — coming out to play once every two weeks? Coincidence or not, what’s important here is that the Brits are busy working on the new GT, more so since the model depicted above and below will introduce Aston Martin’s new platform and the AMG-sourced, 4.0-liter V-8.
According to our trusty paparazzi, who also sent a batch of photos our way, the DB9 successor returned for another testing session at the Nurburgring. Still wearing the prototype shell we first saw earlier in April, but now wrapped in black-and-blue camouflage, the coupe remains a mystery from a design standpoint, as the front grille, the tailpipes, and the wheels are the only details left in the open. Yes, there isn’t much to talk about besides what we already know. Namely that the DB9 will be restyled into a sleeker grand tourer with cues borrowed from the DB10 James Bond movie car.
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It’s been just two weeks since the successor to the current Aston Martin DB9, was spotted carving the Nurburgring, and the Brits already started testing a new mule of their upcoming grand tourer. It wouldn’t be a big deal if the prototype was wearing the old DB9 body in the process, but this new mule gives us our first look at the new car’s design. There’s no word as to what badge the new car would wear, but it could be named DB11 since Aston Martin already trademarked the name and since the DB10 moniker is already used by the one-off car created for the James Bond "Spectre" movie.
Expect the coupe to break cover sometime in 2016 for the 2017 model year, as the first Aston Martin built on the company’s new platform. The DB9, and all the other Aston Martins currently in production for that matter, including the DB10, use the VH (Vertical/Horizontal) architecture introduced all the way back in 2001. New engines are also on the table, so make sure you keep reading to find out more about the upcoming grand tourer.
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Twelve years since the model was first revealed, the DB9 is finally heading toward its demise, and Aston Martin has already started work on its successor. A development mule for the next DB9 was recently spotted on the Nurburgring Nordschleife, where it was likely testing a new powertrain or platform. I wouldn’t hold it against you if you thought that it looks just like a regular DB9 from the current generation, but a keen eye would notice that the front end is wider and that there is some light camouflage on the lower part of the front bumper. Also, the model’s wheelbase is longer and the hood features two extra closing mechanisms.
Since the next DB9 is expected to be launched sometime in 2016, this development mule will probably be replaced with camouflaged, pre-production protoypes toward the end of 2015. That would make it closer to when the DB10 is featured in Spectre, the 24th James Bond film, though that would be just a coincidence. What won’t be a coincidence is that the 2017 DB9 will probably borrow some design cues from the movie-only DB10.
Despite Aston’s recent tie-in with
AMG, from which it will source V-8 engines in the future, the next DB9 is expected to feature a revamped version of the current V-12 powerplant. Attached to a transaxle version of the eight-speed automatic from ZF, the improved 12-cylinder is expected to offer more power and better fuel consumption than today’s version.
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Everyone is expecting now that we have seen the V12 Vantage S that a Volante version will be launched in the next couple of months. While no official details are offered on this new model just yet, piecing together how it will look isn’t very difficult. All you have to do is take a V12 Vantage S, remove the fixed roof and add a soft top.
Everything else will be carried over from the coupe version, except, of course, that the Volante version will be a little bit heavier because of the changes required by the soft top.
Under the hood, the car will keep the same AM28 6.0-liter V-12 engine that delivers a total of 565 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque. The Volante version will go from 0 to 60 mph in a little over 4 seconds, while top speed will drop a little bit from the coupe’s 205 mph.
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It looks like Aston Martin is done testing the upcoming Vanquish Volante in cold-weather conditions and has decided to take it to the Nürburgring to see how it handles on the famed raceway. Our spy photographers were there again and managed to take some pretty cool shots of the upcoming roadster.
As you can see, unlike the previous prototypes, which were almost completely naked, this time Aston Martin fully dressed the Vanquish Volante, but even so it is pretty easy to spot the integrated spoiler at the back and a general look that is similar to the coupe version, except of course the fabric roof.
Both models — coupe and volante — will share the same 6.0-liter V-12 engine that delivers a total of 565 horsepower at 6,750 rpm and a peak torque of 457 pound-feet at 5,500 rpm. The power is delivered to the rear wheels via a six-speed Touchtronic 2 automatic transmission.
The new Aston Martin Vanquish Volante is expected to be unveiled sometime later in the year.
Just the other days we brought you thefirst spy shots of the Volante version for the new-generation Aston Martin Vanquish, and today our spy photographers managed to catch the car up close, apparently while the driver stopped for a snack.
As you can see from these spy shots, the Volante version brings no major updates over the coupe version, except for its fabric roof, of course. In fact, Aston Martin engineers didn’t even bother to camouflage the car mainly because we are looking at a drop-top version of the coupe version.
Under the hood, we will see the same 6.0-liter V12 that delivers an impressive 656 horsepower. Power will be delivered to the rear wheels via a six-speed Touchtronic 2 automatic transmission. Of course, the Volante version will be a little bit slower due to its added weight, so do not expect to see the same 4.1-second sprint to 60 mph.
As previously rumored, the new Aston Martin Vanquish Volante will be unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
We know that Aston Martin is going to add a Vanquish Volante model to its lineup ever since the coupe version was unveiled at the 2012 Paris Auto Show. However, up to this point the car has never been caught testing. Well, that is until today, as our spy photographers caught it playing on snow and ice in Northern Sweden.
As everyone is expects, both the coupe and convertible versions will be almost identical, so is no wonder why this prototype is almost camouflage-free, hiding just the shape of the rear spoiler with some plastic.
The main different between the two models will, of course, be the fabric roof offered in the Volante version. Under the hood, the car will keep the same 6.0-liter V-12 that delivers an impressive 656 horsepower. Power will be delivered to the rear wheels via a six-speed Touchtronic 2 automatic transmission.
Expect the new Aston Martin Vanquish Volante to be unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
Initially, we thought that Aston Martin was working on a Rapide S version of its luxury sedan, but now it looks like this is actually just a facelift version of the Rapide. These photos show the Rapide in all its glory, with only one strip of tape where the front number plate is fitted serving as the cammo.
When compared to the current Rapide, the one showed in these pictures features a different front bumper, a much bigger grille, and a different air intake at the lower part. At the back, the most significant change is the bigger rear spoiler.
Under the hood, it seems that Aston Martin is retaining its usual 6.0 liter V12 engine, but will more than likely provide a modest power increase from the current 470 HP.
Expect to see the new Aston Martin Rapide launched at the end of 2012 or in early 2013.
Only days ago, we were showing off some newly uncovered spy shots of the soon-to-be-unveiled Aston Martin Rapide S, but with the bikini-style camouflage it was wearing, it was hard to tell what we were really in store for. To counteract this censorship by Aston, we turned to our crack rendering team to use those spy shots to whip us up a clear look at this new model.
To be perfectly honest, according to the spy shots and our artist’s rendering, there’s really not too many outward differences between the 2012 model and this prototype. The first thing we notice is the addition of a front spoiler just below the grille. Speaking of the grille, it appears to be just slightly larger than the one on the 2012 model, as are the air intakes on the lower grille.
On the back end, we can see that the spoiler boasts a new shape, as it angles upward at a steeper angle near the center. It’s hard to tell on the spy shots what exactly is going on with the taillights, but given the fact that the camo cuts them off at one point, we can assume that they will be revised as well.
The biggest revision to the Rapide S is something you will never see, but you certainly will feel. The 6.0-liter V-12 engine under the Rapide’s sleek hood has been re-tuned to pump out an additional 40 to 50 horsepower, increasing its already impressive output numbers to somewhere between 500 and 520 ponies.
With this increase, Aston also plans to keep the Rapide’s fuel economy steady at its already wallet-draining 13 mpg city and 19 mpg highway. Then again, if you are snagging up a car that retails at more than $200K, gas mileage is likely at the bottom of your required features.
We’ll keep a close watch on this upcoming new Aston Martin and update you with any new information that comes up.
Aston Martin Rapide S has been rumored for quite some time now, but just now Aston Martin decided to take the car out for some testing sessions. And luckily for us our spy photographers were in the right place at the right time and managed to shot some images of the next Rapide S.
As you can see the prototype is heavily camouflaged and its pretty difficult to see what changes will be made for the luxury sedan, but the spoiler looks as it will go deeper than on the normal Rapide, and the grille has also grown and will receive bigger air intakes - proof that under the hood there will be a more powerful engine. At the back the rear lights have also been changed and the spoiler is also bigger and more sculpted.
Under the hood Aston Martin will place the same 6.0 Liter V12 engine, but with output will go up to about 500 - 520 HP. It has also been rumored that the next Rapide S will also get a modified chassis setup.
Expect to see the new Rapide S launched by the end of the year.