Aston Martin offers first glimpse of V8 Vantage image

Don’t hold your breath for the real deal, because these official pictures depict one of the prototypes in full body camouflage – though even so its design inspiration is adamantly clear.

It looks like James Bond’s DB10 from the movie Spectre will have a road counterpart after all – incarnated into the upcoming new generation of the Aston Martin V8 Vantage. The company does say this teaser depicts a car that is “very close” to the production model, so changes might happen before the actual reveal. The styling means the Vantage and DB11 will have no problems in terms of differentiation – something that was an issue in the past. Of course, given the partnership between Aston Martin and Daimler’s Mercedes-AMG, we can easily imagine what’s tucked beneath the low-slung engine cover.

That would be the ubiquitous 4.0-liter biturbo V8 that also made its way under the hood of the DB11 big brother as an alternative to the mighty V12. Manufactured by Mercedes-AMG, but fine-tuned by Aston Martin, the engine produces 503 horsepower and 512 pound-feet of torque, and the V8 Vantage should have comparable performance to the Mercedes-AMG GT S. For the real deal we’re not going to wait long – Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer has hinted the new generation is to be expected before the end of the year.

Aston Martin offers first glimpse of V8 Vantage