• May 18th 2010 at 4:00PM
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A refreshed version of either the Aston Martin DB9 or DBS has been spotting working out at the Nurburgring, likely in preparation for a debut in Paris this September. Up front the lower fascia has been reshaped with a single wider lower opening while a pair of DBS-style air extractors are added to the hood. Both of those point to a bump in output, likely in the range of 10-20 horsepower although it could be considerably more if Aston Martin decides to add something like direct injection to the 6.0-liter V12.

Obviously, it's too early to speculate about gearbox changes, but since Aston Martin has indicated that it will be working with Daimler on some future projects, we wouldn't be surprised to see the SL63's multi-clutch-transmission supplant the hydraulically actuated manual.

At the back the DB9/DBS gets clear taillamp lenses, a taller lip spoiler and a big diffuser to help keep the rear wheels stuck to the pavement at elevated speeds. Undoubtedly, there will also be interior upgrades with some new woods and hides and perhaps a better telematics system of some sort.




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      • 5 Years Ago
      Definately prefer the new smoothed-out beltline crease. That always put me off a little and the new lower fascia is gorgeous. Nice work AM!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks slick--the new fascia looks quite elegant. I'm happy they didn't take the bonnet vents from the V12 Vantage, too.

      On another note, "...the Aston Martin DB9 or DBS has been spotting working out..."? Some slip-ups are acceptable, by all means--blogs are a more casual for of media--but AB's proofreading has become sloppier recently.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As much as I love Aston Martins in just about every way imaginable, and I think that the new ones are gorgeous, anyone starting to miss the old slinky, slenderness of the DB7?
      • 5 Years Ago
      That new lower fascia is gorgeous! Leave it as is Aston.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @marspeed8

        Did you read the article at all or even research a picture of the previous DBS?
        • 5 Years Ago
        AH! I absolutely LOVE this car! I mean seriously, you cant get any better than this!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is that piping for an inter cooler I see?

      Oh, my imagination. . .
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love the look and think it will do well once it's launched. Bond's got a brand new bag!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think I am in love!
      • 5 Years Ago
      As usual Aston Martin has brought out another gorgeous machine. The DB9 looked amazing when it came out in '04 and the DBS was in a completely different league in '07. And this new one looks even better but Aston does need to start living in the now. I know talking about a car of this standard's price is naive but paying nearly 300 grand for a car that isn't much better than an M3 is illogical. Now that Aston is working with Daimler, I'm hoping to see some big changes. Maybe they'll drop the current 5.9 V12 and install a proper 6.0 like the one from the SL65 and remove that joke Aston calls a V8 from the Vantage and drop in the SL63's powerhouse. Having a DB9, Vantage, or DBS would be fantastic now just because you get all the standards of driving a quick and luxurious GT car but having the $100,000 to $300,000 performance would really put the needed icing on the cake.
      • 5 Years Ago
      me likey
      • 5 Years Ago
      they need to add more lightness to their cars.
        • 5 Years Ago
        By sacrificing what?

        This is an Aston Martin, not a Lotus. Grace and luxury are expected. Different companies build different products.

        They should make it as well as they can, and as modest of weight as they can, for the purpose of the car.

        but this isn't supposed to be a stripped out race car, it is supposed to be a high performance grand touring luxury car.
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