Aston Martin has been spied testing a hotter, more powerful version of its DBX SUV at the Nurburgring.

    Recently spied in mild-hybrid form, rumours indicate this high-performance DBX may use the same twin-turbo V12 from the DB11.

    This V12 engine is not yet confirmed though for this high-performance DBX SUV.

    Apparently there were two DBX prototypes seen during the day, with the first having “more sound” but a more normal look according to our spy photographers.

    The second spied DBX had a larger grille hidden behind the camouflage and different air intakes.

    All the spy photos attached to this article are of the prototype with the more aggressive front end.

    If a V12 is put into this high-performance DBX, it may be signifying the last hurrah for the company’s V12 powertrain.

    Aston Martin’s twin-turbocharged V12 isn’t expected to survive beyond 2027 due to increasingly stringent European emissions regulations.

    If this variant makes it to production, the DBX SUV lineup will now be a family of four.

    Currently, the only powertrain available for the DBX is a 4.0-litre twin-turbo Mercedes-AMG V8 engine that is also used in the Vantage, DB11 V8, as well as numerous Mercedes-AMG models.

    It is expected to soon be joined by a mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants.

    Tobias Moers, CEO of Aston Martin, told Motor Trend he predicts half of Aston Martin’s portfolio will be fully electric by 2030.

    Although the company will offer plug-in hybrids in select markets and offer internal combustion engines for as long as possible.

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    Jack Quick

    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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