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A lighter and more powerful DB9 is in development and on track for a debut around 2013. Codenamed internally as Project VH500, the new car will share many similarities with the current model though almost every element will be improved upon.
Contrary to earlier predictions, Aston Martin won’t be moving the DB9 further upmarket due to the impact of the global financial crisis as well as the introduction of the One-77 supercar. Instead, the DB9 will keep its current positioning but will be a much more polished vehicle overall.
What does that mean? First and foremost the DB9’s VH platform will be made significantly lighter in order to improve acceleration, braking, handling and fuel economy. Engineers are reportedly looking for a 10 percent weight loss, which would put the DB9’s replacement at less than 3,300 pounds.
More power is also on the table, with the current V-12 engine expected to undergo a major overhaul to not only produce more power but also produce fewer emissions.
Styling will only be tweaked slightly (who's going to complain?), with the DB9’s current proportions remaining largely unchanged. Expect a crisper overall look with sharper creases, sculpted flanks and a similar grille to the one used on the One-77.
The smaller Vantage is also due for a major revamp, with its replacement coming just one year after the new DB9. Similar changes are planned for it but given its 2014 arrival, anything could change between now and then.