As much as it pains us to say it, the current core range from Aston Martin has grown a little stale. But fret not: a new model is just around the corner.

Snapped undergoing testing at the Nürburgring in this latest batch of spy shots is what looks to be a new and nearly complete V12 GT from Gaydon. Code-named AM 310, it could be a successor to either the DB9 or DBS – or could carry a different nameplate altogether and replace them both.

While the engine and platform carry over as modified versions of the existing building blocks, sources anticipate just about everything else in the new sportscar will be new. The bodywork – styled as something of a blend between the current DBS and the top-of-the-line One-77 – is tipped to be made up almost entirely of aluminum and carbon fiber, reducing the weight for the 6.0-liter V12 engine – anticipated to come with a 55-horse boost over the current DBS for a solid 565 horsepower. That ought to be sufficient to propel the rakish coupe to highway speeds in under four seconds.

An even lighter version clothed entirely in carbon fiber is also said to be in the works, but we may not have to wait that long, as the AM 310 may debut as soon as this weekend at the prestigious and glamorous Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este.


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      Bobby_Sards
      • 2 Years Ago
      One of the most beautiful coupes ever built. I really hope they don't change it much!
        Phil B
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bobby_Sards
        Agree with everything you wrote...Aston Martin, don't **** with a formula that ain't broke!
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Phil B
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      David Hu
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yum yum yum...why can't more car makers do more classically beautiful designs like Aston and Porsche? This whole slashy angular look over the past 5 years has really been beaten to death. Sad to see that you can only buy nice designs if you can afford $100k cars these days...
        Syggy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @David Hu
        I wouldn't say that. The Audi A5 for example is a timeless beauty. Not as exclusive as the Aston but still a beautiful car.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Syggy
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          David Hu
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Syggy
          I agree, Audi's still following classical design themes while pushing (albeit conservatively) the envelope every once in a while. I LOVE the A7. That's one of those things that may be a love/hate thing, but I am confident it will prove to be timeless. VW is the only other affordable brand that I think still abides by classical design guidelines of proportion and lines, although it's a bit hit or miss. My favorites are the 1st gen Tiguan, current Touareg, the 1st gen CC, and the current GTi/Golf. I don't count the minivan as true VW design anyway and I think the CC lost a lot in the 2nd gen. I'm on the fence about the Jetta and Passat. Still very classically proportioned but just a smidge too conservative for me. EOS is not bad, just looks heavier than necessary. I'm still holding out hope for a RWD Miata-fighter from VW.
          Christopher Meyer
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Syggy
          David is right, though. That slashy/convoluted look is on the vast majority of affordable cars now, and as much as I love Audi's newest designs, they're still a premium-ish brand that a lot of folks wouldn't consider affordable. The A5 is very nice though, and imo the A7 is the most beautiful sedan out right now. Really proves that you can't beat a clean, simple, and well thought-out design.
      OptimusPrimeRib
      • 2 Years Ago
      They really need to get rid of the fused Ford 3.0 V-6's and adopt a modern DI V-12 mated to either a dual clutch or manual. Doesn't matter to me though because I'll never own one. I'm just trying to help out those that can so I can envy them.
      Autoblogist
      • 2 Years Ago
      What is it about British marques that gives them no sense of new design direction. Seriously, this silhouette is over a decade old now. From Morgan, to Caterham, Aston and even Jag until their recent style change. It's like they're all intent on dying a slow death as their loyal customers kick the bucket.
        benjammin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Autoblogist
        This may be true is current Astons weren't some of the best looking cars of all time. How could they possibly improve on the current exterior design? More of the same isn't always a bad thing
          Autoblogist
          • 2 Years Ago
          @benjammin
          I agree Callum's designs were a doosey , but c'mon the only company that can pull this off is Porsche. Aston doesn't have the legacy or performance cache to pull that off. An original Jaguar E-type is still beautiful today, but if barely anything changed on the exterior styling would that car be selling? The resounding answer was no. Let a classic design remain classic in memory, but in general sports cars should be forward looking and on the cutting edge of style and performance.
      Dean Hammond
      • 2 Years Ago
      Based on several comments posted regarding an upcoming 2013 Ford product, i find this hard to resist ..........IS THAT THE NEW FUSION????
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dean Hammond
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      QCRamAir
      • 2 Years Ago
      Aston's current design is just about the sexiest out there. I hate to see formulas "fixed" or "tweaked" that don't need fixing, so I hope like crazy that the majority of the changes come under the skin. IMO, the perfect Astons would be the current lineup, only about 300 lbs lighter. Their current designs are timeless and it'll be hard to top it. By the looks of the car above, they may not be ruining a good thing. Let's hope so.
      Lightning F2A
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ugh, looks like a kit car with those ugly flairs and extensions. The current car looks much nicer.
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        @Lightning F2A
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      lead acid battery
      • 2 Years Ago
      wow, this car looks very nice. but I think I can't afford it. if there is soemthing wrong with its car battery, please replace it from LEOCH Battery, http://www.leoch.com
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lead acid battery
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      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      It would be nice if the headlights stayed that way. Looks newer than the current model, which is something that fewer and fewer new cars today can say.
      Aldrich
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ladies and gentlemen, prepare yourself for the Aston Martin DBX.
      wickedme91
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is that winking at me?
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