Introduced over a decade ago, the DB9 is by now the oldest model in the Aston Martin lineup. It predates the arrival of the V8 Vantage, outlasted the Virage and DBS that spun off from it, and outlived the One-77, V12 Zagato and Cygnet that have all come and gone over the length of its tenure. But soon the current DB9 will be retired.

In its place, we're looking forward to an all-new model to spell the beginning of the end of Aston's long-serving VH architecture and restrict the ubiquity of the 6.0-liter V12. In their place, as we well know, the DB9's successor will be based on an all-new aluminum platform and be powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 to be furnished by Mercedes-AMG.

Though AML insists that the engine is being developed by both parties and built by AMG to Aston's exact specifications, Autocar reports that it will be the same unit being developed for Mercedes' own models, with modifications limited to ECU, exhaust and possibly turbo boost, but with no internal modifications. Even as-is, the engine is expected to produce almost as much power as the DB9's current V12 but a bit more torque – which, combined with the lower weight, ought to make Aston's new core GT quicker than the one it will replace.

Rather than using the new eight-speed automatic introduced for the latest twelve-cylinder Vanquish and Rapide S, the current DB9 is expected to continue using the old six-speed slushbox until its replacement goes with Mercedes' new nine-speed unit. Expect a step forward in styling but with familiar Aston cues, potentially previewed by the Zagato one-off pictured above and the new Lagonda sedan, when it arrives in 2016.

The big question is what Aston will call the next-gen DB9. It skipped the DB8 when naming the replacement for the DB7 – ostensibly to show how big a step it was, but probably also to avoid confusion over its cylinder count. We couldn't imagine Aston going backwards in its naming scheme, but whether it sticks with DB9, moves on to DB10 or jumps to DB11, one thing's for sure: it will definitely carry the initials of the company's former president David Brown.

When reached for comment on the development of the DB9 successor and what that would mean for the future of the V8 Vantage, Aston Martin spokesman Matthew Clarke told Autoblog: "Part of our agreement with Mercedes is specifically for V8 engine development but never have we anywhere made any comment as to where such engines would or wouldn't be used."

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      Just threw up in my mouth.  Italian versions of Astons are never as good as the originals.  Please keep it British, gents.

      • 11 Months Ago

      If you squint just a little, the C pillar and rear window treatment look a little like a Volvo 1800s

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      I hope they keep it softer than the Vanquish, the way the DB9 was softer than the DBS. Aston needs a proper luxury grand tourer, not a track day star.

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      wow. that is really ugly. Lets hope that isnt the final design. Looks like an early 1970's model

      • 11 Months Ago

      Something about this reminds me of early 1960's American Cars.  Large Chryslers Maybe?

      I think it actually looks pretty great.  

      • 11 Months Ago

      It reminds me of the 51 Packard because of the grill's outline.

      • 11 Months Ago

      Mustang front, challenger rear.  I hope it looks nothing like this when they build it.

      • 11 Months Ago

      Big mistake if they make the car look like this. It's British Retro?? Bottom line the current car looks way better.

      There's a reason why the current breed of Austin Martins haven't changed what they look like for such a long time.. because they are absolutely as close to perfect as you can ever hope to get for a car. 

      They have been copied and imitated over and over again. Absolutely timeless and ageless.

      • 11 Months Ago

      "Expect a step forward in styling but with familiar Aston cues, potentially previewed by the Zagato one-off pictured above and the new Lagonda sedan, when it arrives in 2016."

      I sincerely hope that is not the case.

      • 11 Months Ago
      Aside from the Aston front end this could easily be a successor to the Volvo P1800.
      • 11 Months Ago

      Ford Mustang + Volvo P1800

      • 11 Months Ago

      Well, I have got to say that design looks like some knock off of a Chinese knock off.  Please don't make it look like that

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