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The most beautiful piece of car design ever to hit the roads time and again has always been by Aston Martin (in my opinion). Of course, no one can ignore the pantomime of a Lamborghini and the passion of a Ferrari and the ridiculousness of a Zonda, but at the end of the day, when you want to relax and just have a drive, only one car comes to mind, and that is an Aston Martin. The good news is, their current line-up of the DB9 and the Vantage are set to be restyled and re-engineered. What an optical feast the world is going to have in a few years time..
Aston Martin has recently introduced the Rapide, the Cygnet and the exquisite One-77 without giving much attention to the core of their model line-up, the DB9 and the Vantage. Apart from the recent introduction or the V12 Vantage, there hasn't been much change to the fundamental elements of these cars. However, instead of replacing the existing designs, Aston Martin has decided to revise the existing models including the chassis and the engines to make them even better.
Clever thinking by Aston, if it ain't broke why fix it? A revised model will maintain the basic profile of both the DB9 and the Vantage but improve on its inner bits. The current VH platform is one that is shared between the DB9 and the Vantage, however, weight is going to be cut by around 10% which means re-engineering the engine and platform components. Also going to face changes are the body panels which may be replaced by lightweight composite ones that will seriously reduce the weight of the fuel guzzling Astons.
All this weight shedding is also part of the plan to reduce emissions and to meet the emission standards in the EU. Stylistically speaking, the new models will be taking inspiration from the One-77 with its low profile and wide stance and the bold line running from the front fender to the rear. Expect all of these changes to be completed in 2013 or early 2014..