Aston Martin is newsworthy this week. First the British luxury brand gets bought and sold by respectively David Richards and cohorts and Ford. Almost 1billion US$ was enough to sway Ford, and the money spending is not about to stop there! AutoExpress has the scoop, and reports that Aston Martin plans to raise their annual output to 9000 units (up from 6000), hire new workers and of course increase sales. But the biggest news is that they will be bringing us the DBS and Rapide faster than expected, and they have hinted at a new flagship model, codenamed DBX and inspired by the 1986 Aston Martin Zagato concept. The newcomer is aiming high, very high. Target opposition are the Mercedes-McLaren SLR and Bugatti Veyron. A highly tuned 6.0L V12 should pump out a good 700hp, an engine which Prodrive will most likely be building. It helps that they are already running the DB9R cars. The gearbox of choice will be a 6-speed manual. It gets the preference over the automatic and semi-automatic versions because it is thought to bring more driver appeal to the car. And they would be right.

Gallery: 700hp Aston Martin in the Pipeline