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Aston Marin engineers are working on the successor of the DB9, they have kept it away from prying eyes for quite some time but now a new prototype has popped up doing some winter testing.

The latest model will reportedly be unleashed on the market during 2013 and will take on the signature styling elements that make the legendary British brand's model unmistakeable. It currently carries the codename Project VH500, but it will adopt a more recognizable name upon launch with DB10 or DB11 being mentioned.

Rumors of what will power the DB9 replacement have been pretty scarce, but there has been talk of a 6.0-liter V12 that produces in excess of 470 hp (477 PS / 350 kW).

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