Even though Aston Martin officials continue to keep their lips sealed, the car that will replace the DBS and which you will come to know as the Vanquish is not much of a secret any more, especially after the debut of the concept and the recent sighting of an undisguised pre-production model in Italy.
This probably explains why the British supercar brand's engineers did not bother much with the camouflage on this test car that was photographed lapping the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
The light masking of some parts, namely the headlamps, tail lamps and the rear quarter window, doesn't really obstruct our view of the new Vanquish, which updates the design of the outgoing DBS with styling cues from the One-77.
Positioned behind Aston Martin's traditional grille is the DBS' sonorous 6.0-liter V12 that will get a bump to 550-horses or perhaps even more.
We're told that the official unveiling of the new Vanquish may take place online as early as this week. In any case, we'll keep you posted.