Spyshots: 2019 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Looks Like James Bond's DB10

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When Aston Martin revealed the DB10 model - a limited edition created for the James Bond "Spectre" movie - the British company became a huge tease. There was one of the most elegant sports cars ever created, but getting one was nigh-on impossible.
And we're not talking plebs here - you could have billions in your account and still not be able to drive this thing. Sure, it's not the only one out there in this situation, but beautiful as it was, the DB10 didn't feel as special as the rest of the unattainable exotics. It just looked like the best model Aston Martin had created thus far.

Luckily for all those who shed a tear back then, Aston Martin appears to draw heavily on the DB10's design for its all-new V8 Vantage model. The thin headlights are there, the more geometrical radiator grille as well, while the overall shape looks sleeker and more planted than on the current generation.

This is the first time the 2019 Aston Martin V8 Vantage was spotted at large, and yet it's not the first you've seen the new model covered in this black-and-yellow dizzying camouflage. That's because Aston Martin invented the term "official spy photographs" and released a set of its own in early August.

The car seen here testing in Spain is the same as the one featured by the company in its initial reveal, complete with the Pirelli sticker on the side (having sponsorship deals on test cars is also not particularly typical for the industry, but Aston Martin seems to be in a revolutionary mode).

With the camouflage in place, this new set of photos sadly doesn't reveal anything new, but it does give us the opportunity to analyze the new car from every possible perspective. We think the general idea was to make the V8 Vantage less rounded and more aggressive while retaining a smooth flow of the surfaces. And since Aston Martin seems not to be able to do any wrong when it comes to design, expect the new coupe to be drop-dead gorgeous.

That side air vent behind the front wheel tells a tale of its own, while at the back there's a much more pronounced sporty attitude thanks to an intricate air diffuser and the two large exhausts (somewhat similar to the DB11). The latter will be dealing with the fumes coming from the wonderful 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine from AMG, even though the exact power output is unknown at this time. In the Affalterbach models, it's tuned between 467 and 612 hp, so any value in this interval - or even outside it - is possible.

Provided the Brits get the handling right, the entry-level Aston might finally be more than just a beautiful car to behold, holding its own on the road and track as well. The AMG power is definitely welcome since it suggests a 0-60 mph time of probably under four seconds and a top speed of over 186 mph (300 km/h).

The Aston Martin V8 Vantage should debut sometime next year, most likely during the second half. In the meantime, we're waiting to see the car stretch its legs on the Nurburgring, and even though we obviously won't get any official info on its performance, a video footage can be very telling on its own.
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