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by Tim Beissmann

Aston Martin is preparing a brand new production model for 2013 to mark the 100th birthday of the iconic British sports car brand.

Aston Martin CEO Ulrich Bez told AutoExpress the “entirely new” secret model would be unveiled in the coming months in the European summer.

“We have to do something remarkable to mark our centenary,” Bez said.

“It won’t be a DB9 with a Centenary Edition badge and it won’t be a limited edition like the One-77 supercar. It will be a mainstream Aston.”

Spy photographers have recently captured a DBS mule undergoing testing in Europe, and a number of reports suggest that disguised car will form the basis of the upcoming centenary sports car. AutoExpress speculates the car could be powered the brand’s 6.0-litre V12 engine with up to 410kW.

Meanwhile, US magazine Car and Driver says Aston Martin is preparing for a new DBS in 2013, and plans to see out the current model by producing the final 100 vehicles in a special Ultimate Edition specification.

The Aston Martin DBS Ultimate models are not expected to get powertrain or suspension upgrades, but rather benefit from bespoke paintwork, new alloy wheels, and a number of optional features thrown in as standard.

Like the 2009 DBS Carbon Black and the 2011 DBS Carbon Edition, Car and Driver speculates the DBS Ultimate Edition may only be available with a six-speed automatic transmission.




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