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The next-generation 2018 Aston Martin Vantage has been spied again, this time doing rounds on the snowy roads of Sweden.

Despite looking like a DB11, this test mule is shorter than the larger grand tourer, as the Vantage will remain a two-seater model.

Under the skin, the new Vantage will utilise a smaller version of the DB11’s new-generation aluminium architecture, though it should be longer, wider and lower than the current car.

It’s likely that the new version of the British sports car will also borrow much of its interior design and in-car technology from the DB11 as well, including a new infotainment system sourced from Mercedes-Benz – as parent company Daimler is a five per cent shareholder of Aston Martin.

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Under the bonnet is expected to be a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, which will be sourced from Mercedes-AMG.

In the Mercedes-AMG GT S supercar, the unit produces 375kW of power and 700Nm of torque, though the recently-revealed AMG E63 S pushes out 430kW/800Nm from the same engine.

The most powerful version of the current V8 Vantage, the GT8, makes do with a naturally-aspirated 4.7-litre V8 that develops 328kW of power and 490Nm of torque – so the AMG-sourced engine will up outputs significantly.

It’s also expected that Aston Martin will offer a flagship V12 version of the Vantage, as with the current model, which should feature the new 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 from the DB11.

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Producing a meaty 447kW of power and 700Nm of torque, the smaller and lighter Vantage would likely better the DB11’s already brisk 0-100km/h time of 3.9 seconds, on its way to a top speed of around 320km/h.

Also expect the availability of both a six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic transmissions.

The new Aston Martin Vantage is expected to debut during the third quarter of 2017, meaning Australian deliveries won’t commence until sometime in the first half of 2018, with a convertible version following around six months after.

Stay tuned to CarAdvice for more Aston Martin Vantage updates.

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