Hot on the heels of the V8 Vantage, Vanquish successor will feature in Aston's model blitz as harder, faster V12 model

Front styling of the upcoming Aston Martin DBS Superleggera has leaked onto social media ahead of its reveal in the coming weeks. 

The Ferrari 812 Superfast rival has been spotted in prototype form numerous times previously, gradually shedding its disguise to reveal styling distinct to that on the DB11.

Sleek taillights different to those on the DB11 and Vantage, quad exhausts and sharper, more aggressive front-end styling are also visible on the development car. 

As confirmed by previous testing shots, the DBS Superleggera will also spawn a convertible version that looks set to become the brand's fastest drop-top yet. Following the coupé in June, the DBS Superleggera Volante, which has just been spotted testing for the first time, will arrive in early 2019 to create a pair of high-performance successors to the current Vanquish and Vanquish Volante.

Power for the DBS Superleggera will come from a significantly enhanced version of the DB11's turbocharged 5.2-litre V12. The current Vanquish S uses a 6.0-litre V12 unit with 595bhp, suggesting the DBS Superleggera's boosted unit could offer in excess of 700bhp.

In keeping with the Superleggera name, which has through history been reserved for only the highest-performance Astons, the DBS Superleggera will move away from the luxury-focused Vanquish and its present rivals, such as the Bentley Continental GT, to compete against proper performance models such as the 789bhp Ferrari 812 Superfast.

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Company boss Andy Palmer stated his intentions for this harder Vanquish successor to Autocar last year, alongside confirmation that the convertible version would follow.

More recently, Aston chief creative officer Marek Reichman emphasised the DBS Superleggera's potential, stating that the brand has "pushed the boundaries of performance and design to give this car a distinct character and ensure it’s worthy of the heritage and weight that this name carries".

Early mules for the DBS Superleggera, described as “bloody good” by Palmer, were based on a DB11 because the car's structure is an adjusted version of that car's (as well as the new V8 Vantage's). Palmer has previously emphasised the adaptability of the new structure, telling Autocar that each car that it is spawning is helping Aston shed "perceptions of old technology, old platforms and the question of whether we can survive as an independent manufacturer".

Although it'll share some parts with its siblings, the DBS Superleggera's harder focus has been clear from even the earliest stages of development. Mules were fitted with larger aerodynamic pieces, hinting at the higher downforce that will be produced by the finished model.

Now that test cars wearing their own bodywork have been spotted, it's clear that the DBS Superleggera will have larger headlights and a more muscular rear section than its siblings. The car appears to corner with less body roll, pointing to a firmer chassis set-up.

The DBS Superleggera is part of a major product offensive for Aston. The British marque will also launch the DBX SUV in 2019, to be built at Aston’s new factory in St Athan, Wales. In addition, there will be two Lagonda models. The first will be a saloon, previewed by the recent Lagonda Vision Concept, in 2021 and it will be followed by an SUV to rival the Bentley Bentayga in 2022.

Aston plans to launch a mid-engined rival to the Ferrari 488 GTB and McLaren 720S in 2021. The car, which will inherit the Vanquish name, has been signed off for production and will use an all-new powertrain.

The new cars will sit beneath the brand's halo model, the Valkyrie hypercar.

Additional reporting by Sam Sheehan

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21 July 2017

Less beautifull and nice to ear than the previous DBs...



7 June 2018

DB11 with a new front.   It's the DB11 DBS.


And the next Vanquish is going to be mid-engined.   The excuse they're using for spending all of Aston's profits on F1 pretending to supply Red Bull with engines, which they themselves don't produce for their own cars!



7 June 2018

I think not.

16 June 2018

Why is there 'grille' in front of a bumper bar.  That's stupid.

18 October 2017

Why are they replacing it already (according to the article)? I thought a new one only came out recently.

3 November 2017

Remain as Vanquish not the DBS or anything else. I hope James Bond get this in next mission in Bond 25. The current Vanquish was relased in 2012 but we remember in Skyfall only the classic DB5. DB10 in SPECTRE but concept.

3 November 2017

Is it enough to compete with the 800 HP Ferrari? 


3 November 2017

Looks lovely and low on the side view. I hope they are easy to tell apart from each other. Since the DB9 they've all been very hard to identify from each other at a glance. Jolly nice looking things though.

3 November 2017

For the first time in years, I'm keen to see what the next model in the range looks like. 

10 November 2017

Considering how many posters on this site complain about photcopier upsizing/downsizing of Audis, BMWs and the like, I'm surprised there aren't loads of demands for Aston Martin to make a different car for once.  They are certainly the worst offenders of any marque in this respect.

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