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Aston Martin has confirmed DB11 as the name of its forthcoming sports car. The DB9 replacement – to be unveiled during 2016 – will be the first major product of the company’s Second Century Plan.

Announcing the DB11, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer said: “Today I am proud and pleased to confirm that the DB11 nameplate will sit on our next new car. Not only is it a sign of our intention to continue the long line of iconic sports cars that bear the ‘DB’ moniker – the very bloodline of our brand – but it also shows the world our ambitious plan in action.

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“The coming years will see Aston Martin transform not only its entire range of models but also its scale and global presence, and the new DB11 will be central to that success.”

Gaydon is now working with Mercedes-AMG, and the DB11 has been spotted testing with Mercedes bits in the cabin. Expect a new platform and a choice between AMG’s 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8 and Aston’s 6.0 litre V12; the latter is said to push past the even the 547 PS output of the run-out DB9 GT.

No DB10? That will be James Bond’s ride in Spectre and you can see 007’s new car here.