A week ago, Aston Martin showed off the new AM310 concept at Villa d'Este. Now we know what the DBS replacement will be called when the production version arrives, thanks to the snoops at CAR magazine: Vanquish.

The resurrected moniker, last used on the V12 GT flagship that Aston retired in 2007, is plainly visible on the decklid of the car shown above, whose rear-end styling exactly matches that of the AM310 Concept.

Whether the transporter carrying the new Vanquish was left open by genuine mistake or "accidentally" by design, CAR's video of the discovery, posted below, leaves no doubt as to the next Aston Martin's identity. And we have some tidbits of our own to add to the developing story.

We've heard some rumblings that more concrete information will become available later this month, and that if you want to see the Vanquish in person, you should keep Pebble Beach weekend open. As indicated by the AM310, the Vanquish looks to the ultra-exotic One-77 for some styling cues, but that's not all. Expect the Vanquish to outperform the DBS, with more power from the latest version of Aston's familiar 6.0-liter V12 and less weight thanks to carbon fiber bodywork. Lighter, quicker and faster? Our attention is piqued. U.S. buyers should be able to get their hands on the Vanquish sometime in early 2013.

Continue reading to watch video of the 2013 Aston Martin Vanquish sitting in its transporter, and compare its styling to that of the AM310 in an accompanying second clip.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      The first generation Vanquish is one of my top 3 all time favorite cars...it has the look, sound, and performance of a halo car. First impressions of this new one aren't so good on the looks department but I'm sure it will perform admirably. Also, I think the name "Vanquish" is one of the best names ever given to any car.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I agree. I would really like a first gem Vanquish with a manual. It's pure evil...
      • 3 Years Ago
      The taillights are a letdown, and come across as an after-thought. I'm rather surprised they weren't integrated into the rear spoiler. However, it goes without saying that the V12 sounds fantastic!
        • 3 Years Ago
        You nailed it on the head about the taillights. They look...generic. Like something some "supercar start-up" would design. Certainly NOT something from the style powerhouse of A-M. The integrated rear spioler in this particular set-up looks like a bodykit from Wings West. WTH happened A-M?!?!?!
      Jordan Biffle
      • 3 Years Ago
      I thought thought this would be the DBX (10).
      • 3 Years Ago
      IM IN LOVE
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hm. It looks too Jaguar-ish with a spoiler kit. Im not impressed. I would have loved to see the 1-77 styling more distilled in this car. I dont like how the rear quarter windows are handled. The wing does look misplaced. Aston has too much homogenized design right now. I miss the last v8 vantage. It wasnt beautiful, but it had CHARACTER and BADASSNESS. Aside from the 1-77 they dont have an intimidation factor or wow styling. In fact I prefer McClaren now for the understated but amazing performing car. Aston should go back to the drawing board. I also am not impressed by the V12 engine. Sounds a little rice rockety in high revs. The next Porsche turbo will own this pretender in every way.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Doesnt look as good as the current lineup, dated as the design is. However, it's far from ugly, and if it's an improved car with more performance and just as devilish an engine sound, then it's probably going to be a win. Hoping for 550-570hp and about 480lbft. Too bad none of the One-77 or Zagato came through.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'll take the "latest version of Aston's familiar 6.0-liter V12" in the body of Vantage. Thank you.
      Ben Lee
      • 3 Years Ago
      same room, its just rearranging the furniture. the proportions look odd in some angles due to excessive shoulders and severe greenhouse teardrop shape. the large chrome area in the c-pillar is throwing things off. the interior is slightly better with less parts bin feel. finally different vents in the corners, about time! the rear lights just looks weird with the spoiler/handle.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's about time they found a way to increase output. 510@6500 always seemed a bit sparse for a 6L V12.