Patent images of what is reportedly the design for the next Aston Martin Vantage have been revealed by AutoGuide. The images, which were submitted to the Japan Patent Office recently, show a two-seater sports car that isn’t short of cues associated with the Gaydon-based carmaker.

At first glance, it certainly appears to be a smaller version of the DB11, but there are a few notable differences as far as the images show. For starters, the trademark Aston Martin grille sits lower by comparison, and the headlights are shaped differently as well.

The car in the images also doesn’t appear to have the ‘Curlicue’ vents like on the DB11, which functions to extract high-pressure air from the front wheel arch to reduce lift. Instead, there appear to be an outlet that could be linked to the front wheel arch instead.

It’s hard to tell from the images if the Aeroblade will feature on the new Vantage to generate downforce, although a lip spoiler can be clearly seen to serve that purpose. Said spoiler also appears be part of the rear taillight setup, resulting in a busier design than on the DB11. This is accentuated by the lower diffuser that also accommodates the car’s dual exhaust tips.

Our spy photographers have managed to capture what is supposedly the new Vantage in DB11 overalls testing at the Nurburgring, and some of the cues mentioned above can be seen on the rolling test mule.

The new Vantage will likely be built on a shorter version of the DB11’s VH platform that is stiffer, lighter and more space-efficient than its predecessor. Power will likely come from an AMG-sourced 4.0 litre biturbo V8 for the V8 Vantage and a 5.2 litre twin-turbo V12 for the V12 Vantage.

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