Mr Bond, your new ride is almost ready.

    Aston Martin has been snapped testing its overhauled DB11 grand tourer, ahead of its reveal this year.

    The prototype snapped features what looks like a more aggressive front end than the current car, more in keeping with the hotter DBX707 SUV revealed last year.

    It also looks as though the headlights have been given a makeover inspired by the One-77 supercar.

    Fundamentally though, the body remains similar to before. The cutaway behind the front wheel arch remains, as does the floating pillar at the rear of the cabin designed to improve airflow without any big spoilers.

    The updated DB11 will be revealed at Capital Markets Day between June and August.

    “We will be showing you guys all the whole future product portfolio, the new generation of sports cars… our hybrid program and all the way to our BEV full electric,” said Aston Martin chairman Lawrence Stroll earlier this year.

    “You will visually see the products that I am referring to. So, it’s not only going to be us discussing them, you will visually be seeing models of them. Some will already be made. Some will be prototypes.

    “But you will see a real clear vision of the journey that I have been building for the last three years, which is now really coming to light.”

    Aston Martin says it will reveal six new sports cars, though it notes it counts Volante convertible models as separate vehicles. Ergo, we will see overhauled versions of the VantageDB11 and DBS.

    The company has also indicated there will be “evolutions in specials”.

    Aston Martin says customer deliveries of the sports cars will begin in the third quarter of this year, and the first of these is already in production.

    Mr Stroll told Autocar last year the front-engined sports cars would be receiving updated suspension, engines and transmissions, along with heavily revised styling inside and out and fresher technology.

    In short, Mr Stroll said the updates will make them “what those cars should have always felt like”.

    Mr Stroll told reporters that externally, “there’s no similarity at all to the current cars” apart from “some carry-over” at the rear end.

    Inside, the updated cars will finally have a touchscreen, abolishing the old Mercedes-Benz COMAND interface which uses a trackpad.

    Unless things have changed, the Vantage and DB11 are expected to retain a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 sourced from Mercedes-AMG, with the DBS sticking with its 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12.

    MORE: Everything Aston Martin DB11

    Scott Collie

    Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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