It seems Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer’s plan for the brand’s revival is starting to take shape. The program termed as the second century plan started with the reveal of the DB11 in 2016 which is to be followed by the next-gen Vantage, set to launch at the end of the year.
Now, a mule for the next generation of Aston’s top of the range front-engined grand tourer, the Vanquish has been spotted testing at the Nurburgring. The mule featuring DB11 bodywork was first speculated to be a hotter version of the DB11 (hence, the title of the video below). But, as Autocar reports, it’s actually one for the next gen Vanquish.
The car will share the same platform with the DB11, along with the next-gen vantage. This could be the reason why the company has been testing mules for both the cars under DB11’s body. The underpinning for the Vanquish are set to be the most hardcore of them all, since the car has been planned to move further into the supercar category than its predecessor.
The car will share the 5.2-liter, twin-turbo V12 with the DB11 but is expected to produce more power, given its top of the range credentials in Aston Martin’s lineup. The bump in performance and power will help it go head-to-head with Ferrari’s 812 Superfast when the car arrives later next year.
Watch the car corner flat and cut through the bends in this spy video shot at the Nurburgring.