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[Update] Aston Martin has pulled an April Fools on us yesterday by letting our spy-photographer get a glimpse of the V12 Vantage RS mule, but today we can bring you shots of the most powerful Aston Martin ever on its way to (or from) the 'Ring. Notice the multitude of airvents in the hood and the larger rear wing above the taped-up Vantage logo.

The Nurburgring in Germany is the hot-spot for car spy photgraphers, and today we have spotted what can only be the new Aston Martin V12 Vantage RS (Road Sport). Aston Martin's concept car has been confirmed for a very limited production run while reports about when the four-door coupe will go into production vary between first and third quarter of 2009.

The Vantage spotted has a rear-diffuser remarkably similar to the Mako Blue concept car, distinguishing the V12 Vantage RS from the regular V8 Vantage. After all, big power needs big cooling capabilities.

The Aston Martin V12 Vantage RS will be powered by a 6.0 liter V12 engine, but where the concept came strapped to 600 horses, the production version will most likely have to do with 'just' 550 hp.

The limited production run is expected to take place at Gaydon, even though Aston Martin announced that the Rapide production will be outsourced to Magna Steyr in Austria insinuating that Gaydon production capacity is at, or close to, maximum. A price tag of Euro 225,000 plus is expected for the most powerful Aston Martin ever.

Aston Martin V12 Vantage RS Spied Update