The aging DB9 is about to be replaced, but its successor won’t be called DB10 as the name is reserved for the bespoke model which will be featured in the motion picture SPECTRE, the latest installment in the long-running James Bond franchise. Instead, the new model will likely wear the DB11 moniker and it will be vastly different than the outgoing DB9, even though you might be tempted to believe it won’t be that much different taking into account the design seems to take the evolutionary route.
Underneath the familiar skin will be an all-new platform significantly lighter thanks to an extensive use of aluminum which will enable a massive diet compared to the DB9 that tips the scales at 1,785 kg. A lower weight corroborated with more efficient engines will help Aston Martin shave off fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 20%.
Speaking of engines, one of them will be a twin-turbocharged version of the company’s familiar V12 while another possible unit is the twin-turbo V8 4.0-liter from the Mercedes-AMG GT. However, the latter might not be available right away as Aston Martin could decide to offer it later during the DB11’s life cycle.
These two engines are expected to work with a nine-speed automatic transmission sourced from Mercedes-AMG which should provide very fast gear changes and help improve the car’s acceleration performances.
There’s not much to talk about the design as this prototype is wearing a full body camouflage, but overall it seems the shape of the car has been pretty much maintained. Needless to say, there will be some important styling changes, but it’s hard to spot them now due to the heavy disguise the prototype was carrying while performing testing rounds on the Nordschleife.
The Aston Martin DB11 is believed to go on sale towards the end of next year or early 2017, but we will get a first taste of the car sooner as surely a previewing concept will be unveiled in the beginning of 2016.