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The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera, replacement for the current Vanquish, has been leaked via social media this week ahead of the new model's official reveal sometime later this month.

Posted on Instagram by user @motor_magnet, the image shows the front end of a black vehicle, previewing some of the changes to expect over the 'standard' DB11.

Up front the grille is much larger and features a mesh insert, while the bumper housing it is far more aggressive than the standard car. There's a revised set of headlights, while the bonnet has also seen some changes in the form of a more prominent power bulge and new, larger vents.

We can also see a new set of alloy wheels, though their size at this stage is unknown.

According to the Instagram post, this image is believed to have been taken at a "private viewing event" held at Aston Martin's Gaydon headquarters last week, ahead of the vehicle's official reveal.

Considering it's based on the DB11, we're expecting the DBS Superleggera to feature an uprated version of its donor car's 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12.

The DB11 currently makes 447kW and 700Nm in 'base' trim, while the recently-revealed DB11 AMR boosts that to 470kW/700Nm. It's believed the DBS will boast outputs of over 500kW and 750-800Nm – meaning it should be seriously quick.

In addition to the powertrain upgrades, expect the DBS Superleggera to feature a more focused mechanical package for track use – including bigger brakes, stickier tyres, aerodynamic upgrades, and firmer suspension. The 'Superleggera' name also translates to 'superlight', meaning the DBS should shed quite a bit of weight from the DB11 as well.

Rivals for the new hardcore Aston Martin will include the Ferrari 812 Superfast and Mercedes-AMG GT R.

The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera will be revealed later this month – though a firm launch date is yet to be confirmed – with a drop-top Volante variant expected to follow six to eight months after.

Stay tuned to CarAdvice for all the latest updates in the coming weeks.