Aston Martin debuted its Project AM310 concept at the annual Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este over the weekend. It’s noteworthy not because the concept is—as you’d expect from Aston—gorgeous, but rather because it previews the next-generation DBS, which is scheduled to debut later in the year as part of the brand’s centenary celebration.
The AM310 appears to share many lines with the next-gen DBS we spied in April. Back then, our sources in Europe informed us that the DBS prototype featured numerous dummy panels; from what we can see in the AM310, the tester wasn’t far off the mark from the production version. We now get a good look at the One-77–inspired visual cues, including the strake running from the bisected fender vents through the door, the aggressive lower front fascia, and the enormous rear haunches.
The concept’s body is made from carbon fiber and features an exposed-carbon-fiber roof. Expect the extensive use of carbon fiber to make it to the production DBS, attached to Aston’s aluminum VH architecture, and powered by an upgraded 6.0-liter V-12 making upwards of 550 hp. We’re told this concept is slightly more provocative than the final example of the new DBS, so expect some of the AM310′s details, such as that far-reaching front splitter, to be toned down for the 2013 DBS.