Our spy photographers have managed to capture the successor to the Aston Martin DB9 during testing at the Nurburgring.
At the front, the level of camouflage is surprisingly light. So, while the true headlight and grille cut-outs may well be masked, we are able to see the overall shape of the car’s front-end.
There’s considerably more disguise used at the back, though, with fake panels raising the visual height of the tail — just look at where the fuel cap is in relation to the falsified rear haunches.
Although the prototype seen here wears British plates, it is a left-hand drive model and we are able to catch a glimpse of the car’s still-very-much-in-development interior (bottom).
The DB9 successor will be the first Aston Martin to employ an all-new set of underpinnings, which will finally replace the VH architecture that debuted in the 2004 DB9.
It’s widely expected that, like many of today’s new cars, the new Aston will be lighter, yet more rigid, than the model it replaces.
It’s not yet known what the new car will be called, but it will be the first Aston Martin car to be sold with a V8 supplied by AMG, most likely a version of the 4.0-litre turbocharged V8 used in the Mercedes-AMG GT and C63.
Speaking to the press at this year’s Geneva motor show, Andy Palmer, Aston Martin’s CEO, stated that the company will continue to offer its 6.0-litre V12, as well as manual transmissions, in future models.