In May 2011 our spy photographers caught this Aston Martin lapping the Nürburgring. Supposition at the time was that it is a faster, more powerful Rapide S that would offer up to 50 more horsepower under the hood and a tweaked grille and bumper so that you could pick it out of the line-up.

The rumor remains the same, and the more powerful V12 engine it is expected to employ will bring along ceramic brakes and a revised suspension to manage the additional ponies. With a year between sightings – perhaps due to the production slowdown – it's anyone's guess when it will roll into showrooms, but we wouldn't be surprised at a Paris Motor Show debut.