2012 Aston Martin DBS/DB9 prototype spied

The first addition to Aston Martin's new generation line-up has been spied during testing, although it is still unclear whether it is the flasghip Aston Martin DBS or the Aston Martin DB9.
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Confirming recent reports that Aston Martin would launch a completely refreshed model line-up over the next six years, it seems the brand is starting with its famous Grand Touring model.

The heavily camouflaged prototype appears to have come a long way since it was last spotted at the Nurburgring, with more bespoke sheet metal and Rapide-inspired head lamps.

At the rear, the prototype keeps the DBS-style clear tail lamps but now boasts a much simpler rear diffuser arrangement which deletes the previous chunkier triple vane design.

While we can't be sure, it is more likely that this prototype is indeed the next Aston Martin DB9 with the brand likely setting the benchmark for the new generation model as the current Aston Martin DBS, meaning we can expect an even more aggressive DBS to follow in the near future.

With Aston Martin applying its new generation design trademarks introduced with the Rapide to the remainder of its line-up, it isn't too difficult to imagine what the new DBS or DB9 replacement will look like.