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DB11 Name Confirmed for Aston Martin DB9 Successor

In keeping with tradition.

After what amounts to around 12 years of production, the sumptuous Aston Martin DB9 is to be discontinued after the 2016 model year. In its place, the British manufacturer confirmed the approach of a new grand tourer, the Aston Martin DB11.

The name "DB11" has roots deeply entrenched in Aston's history, with its predecessors wearing the DBS, DB9, DB7, DB6, DB5, DB4, DB3, and DB2 badges. Much speculation was centered around the name of the next-generation Aston GT, spurred on by the recent partnership with the upcoming James Bond film. "Spectre" includes a starring role by a stunning Aston Martin DB10 design study meant to preview the future design of the brand.

The DB11 will likely be the first Aston to ride on the new modular sports car (MSA) platform shared with the next-generation Mercedes-Benz SL and SLK convertibles. Powertrains will likely be a choice between the current 5.9-liter V-12 and AMG's new 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine.

Look for design cues ripped from the aforementioned DB10, with a sharper front end with tighter headlights. The body might be wider as well, as the DB10 is nearly as wide as the bygone Aston Martin One-77 hypercar. We have already spied the DB11 out for testing in a track setting, but the mule wore heavy camouflage.

Look for more details of the DB11 in the near future.