The 2018 Aston Martin Vantage has been spotted testing at the Nürburgring. This is the first time the next-generation model has been seen in public.

The photographed test car is heavily camouflaged, but its similarities with Aston’s other new models, the DB10 and DB11, are clear. Most obvious is the lengthy rear roofline that stretches out to the very end of the body and sleekerpair of front headlights.

The Vantage’s door mirrors are also more angular than before, and it looks as though its body is longer than the current model.

Aston Martin has previously said that the future Vantage will take more inspiration from the DB10 that featured in James Bond film Spectre than the DB11, and that certainly appears to be the case at the car’s rear, where a similar diffuser and exhaust layout can be seen.

The new Vantage is expected to use a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, sourced from technical partner Mercedes-Benz and tuned to produce 400bhp in the entry-level car and 450bhp in the Vantage S.

Like the current Vantage, a V12 version of the next-generation car is also due, using the same 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine of the new DB11.

The car will likely be offered as standard with a manual gearbox; a dual-clutch automatic option could also be made available.

The next-generation car is still some way off from being officially revealed, but insiders think it could make its debut late next year before arriving on roads in 2018.

The new Vantage will come as part of a new model blitz from Aston Martin, in which all of its key cars, including the Vanquish and Rapide, will be refreshed with new models and joined by an all-new DBX and Lagonda.