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2008 Aston Martin DBRS9 brings Bond to life

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This is the first spy photos of the upcoming 2008 Aston Martin DBRS9, a street version of the Aston Martin DBS which will make its debut in Casino Royale, the next James Bond film due out later this year. Compared to the 450-horsepower DB9, the DBRS9 will sit lower, have more aggressive bodywork and an additional 50-80 horsepower. It will be built in limited numbers and go on sale late in 2007.

Replacing the now discontinued Vanquish as the flagship of Aston's lineup, the DBRS9 is built on the same aluminum "VH" chassis as the DB9. Upgrades include a 1.5-inch-wider rear track, ceramic brake rotors and reshaped bodywork front and rear. To keep it light the DBRS9 will not only pare some of the DB9's luxury features, it will also use carbon fiber for the hood, trunk lid and front-quarter panels. A six-speed manual transmission will be standard, although a paddle-shifted automatic will be offered as an option.

The lineage of the DBRS9 is a little complicated given that Aston Martin already builds a DBRS9. The existing DBRS9 is a factory-built racecar designed for club competition and is itself based on the DBR9 racecar which competes in the GT1 world sports car racing series. The DBS built for Casino Royale is loosely based on the DBRS9 racecar.

Look for the debut of the DBRS9 at the Detroit auto show in January.

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