British media is reporting Aston Martin is currently debating what to call the DB9 successor, planned for a 2016 debut

British media is reporting Aston Martin is currently debating what to call the DB9 successor, planned for a 2016 debut.

According to Autocar, the vehicle will likely wear the “DB” moniker, but the number to follow is still undecided. Chronologically, the model should be named the DB10, but Aston Martin design director Marek Reichman explains that “we skipped a number last time to try to emphasize what a big step the new car was”. He also confirms “it’ll definitely be a DB”, but ”what number will follow that is yet to be decided”.

In terms of design, Reichman says “there’ll be a little more revolution in it” and “it will be unmistakably an Aston and a DB at that, but it will look fresh and modern”.

As reported before, the sports car will be based on a brand new architecture with extensive use of aluminum to lower the car's curb weight. It will likely be powered by a Mercedes-AMG-sourced twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine. The unit will be mated to a nine-speed automatic gearbox. Economy and emissions figures are expected to be up to 20 per cent better than those of the outgoing DB9.

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