• Jun 11th 2010 at 8:58AM
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Following the introduction of the Rapide and One-77, and with the miniaturized Cygnet on its way, Aston Martin is turning its attention to its two core model lines. But rather than replace the existing DB9 and Vantage with all-new, ground-up redesigns, word from the UK is that Gaydon is planning thorough revisions of the existing models, including to their chassis and engines.

Both the DB9 and the Vantage are based on Aston's flexible VH platform, which will reportedly carry on for another generation. However Aston's aiming to cut weight by around 10 percent. Although the VH is made of aluminum, the vehicles based on the platform are heavier than they should be. A comprehensive re-engineering of the platform components, as well as the possible use of lightweight composite body panels, should help Aston trim the weight off the next-gen mode – expected to arrive around 2013/14 – thereby helping the company reach EU emissions targets.

The current DB9's V12 engine is also expected to carry on for another generation, although significant revisions are expected there as well. Technologies developed for the brand's racing program will be brought to bear for the road car, although it remains to be seen whether the potential benefits of incorporating direct injection will outweigh the costs involved.

Stylistically, both the DB9 and Vantage are expected to take their cues from the One-77, with a low, wide grille and strong character line running from the signature front-fender vent to the rear, albeit somewhat toned down for the volume models.

[Source: Autocar]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder if they can get more power out of their V12s. I mean, 510 HP is a lot, but with
      6 liters I know they can get a little more..
      • 5 Years Ago
      The vantage needs jag's 5 liter supercharged 500hp v8. Too bad they aren't still part of the same company...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bout damn time. Those models haven't had a refresh in too long. I just don't understand how a car so expensive can look the same for so long. 7 years (DB9) is a long freaking time for a model without any refresher or stylistic changes. And it's gonna have been 10-11 years according to this speculation. Sorry, Aston Martins are beautiful yes, but not 11 years on the SAME body beautiful IMO.
      • 5 Years Ago
      sweet story autoblog. any other speculative news from 3-4 years out you'd like to share with us?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Take a chill pill.
      Harper Greer
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was going to buy a 2013 Vantage S but think I'll just wait 3 or so years if the design is going to change that drastically. Who wants their car to look dated so soon after purchasing? I, for one, appreciate these updates even if they seem a little early for others.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I used to want a DB9....but now...

      I just want a V12 Vantage.....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Other than AM wanting to lighten the cars, there is not much to take from a change that is basically 3 years out. But I do hope they do not go overboard on the mods (to mimic 1-77). The current designs of the DB9 and Vantage are rather good, elegant, yet not effeminate. Parts of the 1-77 are a little overdone (still nice, but not AS nice).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Here's hoping for a subtle and drastic change. I saw a db7 yesterday, thought it was a kit car, so subtle yet drastic are the changes surging the canon of am design language
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