New images of the 2018 Aston Martin Vantage have gone official, giving us the best look yet at what to expect from the German-powered British sports car when it makes its debut later this year.

Despite the heavy black and yellow disguise - with a bit of advertising in the mix - the next-generation Vantage prototype is clearly wearing its production body in these latest images, as opposed to borrowing a modified version of the larger DB11's sheetmetal.

Going by what's visible through the camouflage, the new Vantage will draw inspiration from James Bond's DB10, which was essentially a rebodied version of the current-generation V8 Vantage – as previewed by the leaked patent images that surfaced last month.

Top: 2018 Aston Martin Vantage, Bottom: Aston Martin DB10

Up front are slim headlights and a smaller, lower version of the company's signature front grille, though the Vantage has a more prominent front lip and splitter.

Meanwhile at the back, the slim tail-lights, ducktail-like spoiler and rear diffuser look almost identical to the DB10.

While further details of the next-gen Vantage are yet to be revealed, it's likely that it will be powered by the DB11's new 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 sourced from Mercedes-AMG – which develops 375kW of power and 675Nm of torque.

Should Aston Martin choose to offer its smaller model in a two-tier V8 and V12 family like the current version, the DB11's 447kW/700Nm 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 is also a probable second powertrain.

Company boss, Andy Palmer, has already confirmed the Vantage will be revealed before year's end, so stay tuned to CarAdvice for our coverage.

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