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A beefy Aston Martin Vanquish prototype has been spied doing rounds near the Nurburgring racing circuit in Germany.

It’s likely this model will be called the Vanquish S when it makes it to production, seeing out the current-generation car’s life-cycle until a new DB11-based supercar launches in a couple of years’ time.

Aston Martin has a habit of giving mid-life refreshes the ‘S’ moniker, with the original Vanquish S, and more recently the V8 Vantage S, V12 Vantage S and Rapide S all following the trend – all of which involved mild facelifts and power bumps.

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While it may not look too different from the current Vanquish, up front the development vehicle features a deeper front splitter. Other changes could be made between now and when the new model is launched, however.

The sides appear to be unchanged, though this prototype borrows the wheels from the new Vanquish Zagato special edition.

More noticeable changes have been made at the rear, with the prototype sporting a much more aggressive diffuser, with quad tailpipes bulging out of the rear bumper. The current car has dual outlets, by comparison.

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Under the bonnet, the Vanquish S is expected to get a more powerful version of its 5.9-litre V12, which currently produces 424kW of power and 630Nm of torque, and can launch the big Brit from 0-100km/h in 3.8 seconds on its way to a top speed in excess of 320km/h. Shifting gears will likely be left to the current ZF eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle-shifters.

The recently-launched Vanquish Zagato coupe and open-top Volante both use a 441kW version of the same engine (18kW up on the ‘standard’ car) which sees the hard-top version hit triple figures in a brisk 3.5 seconds. Also using this powerplant is the hardcore Vantage GT12, which claims outputs 441kW and 625Nm.

It’s likely the Vanquish S will get the same powerplant as its Italian-styled twins and smaller GT12 stablemate.

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However, the Vanquish S could get even more power, pushing the 450kW barrier to reclaim its position as the British marque’s performance flagship – if you discount the Vulcan, of course. As reference, the original Vanquish S received a 43kW bump to 383kW over its predecessor.

Such an upgrade could see the the Vanquish S go from 0-100km/h in 3.2-3.3 seconds with a top speed beyond 330km/h.

Considering the next-generation Vanquish is due around 2018, it’s likely a Vanquish S will make its debut sometime next year – possibly in March at the 2017 Geneva motor show.

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Stay tuned for more Aston Martin Vanquish updates in the coming months.

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