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A higher performance version of the Aston Martin DB11 has been spied testing near the Nurburgring.

Compared to the DB11 that’s already in showrooms and driveways around the world, this prototype has a redesigned front bumper with a larger lower air intake, and a prominent, albeit temporary looking, front chin spoiler.

Along the sides, the sills seem to be wider. While at the rear, there’s an improvised rear spoiler poking out of the boot lid.

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The prototype seen here rides in 21-inch alloy wheels with Pirelli P-Zero 305/30 tyres at the rear, and also features cross-drilled brakes. There will likely be more changes, both stylistic and functional, to the car before it enters production.

Motivation should come from an uprated version of the company’s new 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine. In the standard DB11 this motor develops 447kW of power and 700Nm of torque, and is capable of propelling the DB11 coupe from 0-100km/h in 3.9s and onwards to a top speed of 322km/h.

It’s not known at this stage what the faster version of the DB11 will be christened, but DB11 S seems as good a bet as any.

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In addition to the DB11 S, Aston Martin is also hard at work on a DB11 convertible, and a successor to the Vantage.

Last month, Marek Reichman, the company’s design director, told CarAdvice that there will be a “huge difference” in design between the DB11 and the new Vantage.

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