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Aston Martin's deal with Mercedes-AMG more than skin-deep

Aston Martin DB11 prototype
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  • Aston Martin DB11 prototype
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  • Aston Martin DB11 rear 3/4
  • Aston Martin DB11 prototype interior
  • Aston Martin DB11 prototype interior spy shot
  • Aston Martin DB11 prototype interior center console
  • Aston Martin DB11 prototype interior switchgear
  • Aston Martin DB11 prototype instruments
Aston Martin is working on a raft of new models. But it's not going it alone: it has a technical partnership with Mercedes-AMG, the details of which have only been revealed in bits and pieces. If these latest spy shots are anything to go by, however, the arrangement could run deeper than anyone initially let on.

Spied undergoing testing at the Nürburgring, this prototype for the upcoming successor to the Aston Martin DB9 is widely expected to be called the DB11 (10 is being used by James Bond's new ride). From the outside it doesn't look different than the previous versions we've seen running around, but this time we can also peer into the cabin, and that's where things start to get interesting.

Despite the best arm-waving efforts by the development engineers, our spy photographers managed to snap a couple of shots of the interior. And though it looks far from being ready for production, the components we see appear to have been lifted from the Mercedes S-Class Coupe – particularly the steering wheel, digital instrument cluster, and almost the entire center console. This speaks to a deeper collaboration between the British and German automakers. The 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 from the Mercedes-AMG GT, C63, and G500 4x4² is already being adapted for use in the next generation of Astons.

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