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by Tim Beissmann

CarAdvice’s spy photographers have snapped the most revealing shots to date of the successor to the DB9, believed to be called the Aston Martin DB11.

The camouflaged black prototype is seen here circling the streets outside the Nurburgring in Germany, where much of the car’s dynamic and high-speed development testing is being completed.

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As with images captured early last month, the level of camouflage at the front appears relatively light, giving us a clear impression of the overall shape of the car’s nose. Swept-back elliptical headlights, a diving bonnet with long vertical vents leading to a slimline horizontally slatted grille, and a prominent lower splitter are well defined on the test car.

It’s a different story at the rear, where the Aston Martin DB11 prototype is fitted with fake tail-lights and panels over its wheel arches and boot lid. Lower down, a large diffuser panel dominates the bumper and includes large tailpipes on either side.

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The DB11 is expected to take some design inspiration from the bespoke Aston Martin DB10, which was created for the James Bond film Spectre, and was unveiled in December 2014.

Based on the British car maker’s first all-new platform in more than a decade, the DB11 will be lighter and stronger than the model it replaces.

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It will also be the first Aston Martin powered by a V8 engine supplied by Mercedes-AMG – likely a version of the twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 used by the Mercedes-AMG C63 and GT.

Aston Martin has also confirmed that it will continue to offer V12 engines and manual transmissions in its future models.

Click the Photos tab for more images of the Aston Martin DB11 prototype.




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