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Power hike and more aggressive looks for Aston Martin’s revamped V12 sports car, due later this year

Aston Martin’s new 550bhp DBS is undergoing final testing at the Nürburgring ahead of its launch later this year.

The new model — a huge revamp of today’s five-year-old, £185k two-seater — will get more aggressive styling, a higher-quality interior and more power in an effort to maintain its appeal against the new Ferrari F12 Berlinetta.

This Aston mule is disguised with thin plastic panels, but their relatively tight fit gives clues to the sharper look of the new DBS, inspired by the One-77 supercar. In particular, the new model will feature broader rear haunches with a crisper crease over each rear wheel arch and more pronounced side detailing.

Many of the gentle curves that make the DB9 such a timeless shape have been hardened up on the new DBS, features that will attempt to give it a more distinct identity to better bridge the wide gap between the £150k Virage and the limited-run One-77.

In line with this more aggressive styling theme, the front end of the new DBS gets sportier detailing, with a wider grille and a distinctive airdam chin spoiler that protrudes forward of the front valance.Under-the-skin changes include a power boost of around 40bhp for the DBS’s 6.0-litre V12 to take peak output to 550bhp.

Also improved is the DBS’s ZF automatic transmission, according to sources. It has been described as “new” — understood to possibly be a reference to the latest eight-speed version. And Aston Martin is also said to be ready to drop the option of a conventional manual.

The DBS’s interior will get a dramatic makeover, Autocar understands. Although this prototype is running an existing design, the new DBS will feature significant changes to the driving position and a One-77-inspired instrument pack and centre console.

Exact launch dates have yet to be confirmed, although the summer is being talked about ahead of production in the autumn. That could mean the car will be revealed at Pebble Beach in August.

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mrcliodCi 9 May 2012

Re: New Aston DBS gets 550bhp

Update to above:

If the car on the front cover of this week's magazine is the same as the subject of this thread, the styling is actually very attractive and while not defining a completely new design direction, seems sufficiently different from the current cars to do for a few years.

mrcliodCi 5 May 2012

Re: New Aston DBS gets 550bhp

Aston Martins are fantastic cars, but the company needs a new design direction now. The new cars are not different enough from the 2005 models, as has been said. And, the fact that they look like one-generation-old Jaguars doesn't help.

I'm afraid the Ferrari F12 is in a totally different league, both in terms of engineering and styling. It is a classy and aristocratic car that Aston Martin really needs to catch up with and leapfrog if it is to have any long-term chance. A tweak here and there offering another 30 bhp every year or so just isn't going to do in this market.

Wanos 5 May 2012

Re: New Aston DBS gets 550bhp

From what I remember the 510bhp model clocked a 0-100 run of 8.7 seconds in the autocar test. With 550bhp it could drop below 8. I really don't think you would want any more performance in a sporty GT car.