Toward the end of 2013, Aston Martin and Mercedes AMG finalized the details of a technical partnership that had been years in the making, and the forthcoming Aston Martin DB11 may be the first true offspring of that relationship.
But according to Autoblog, the ties of that technical partnership may go deeper than advertised; the auto news website managed to secure a series of spy shots of a prototype Aston Martin DB11, revealing an interior chock full of pieces from the Mercedes-Benz S-class parts bin.
Now, this prototype DB11 is clearly far from production-ready. Even still, the presence of a Mercedes-sourced steering wheel, digital gauge cluster, and most of a center console suggests that Aston Martin might be sourcing more than just the engine for its next-generation model.
On that note, Autoblog reports that powering much of Aston Martin’s next-generation of sportscars will be the same twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 as powers the Mercedes AMG GT, C63 AMG, and G500 4×42. In its latest iteration, powering the latter of the aforementioned models, the V8 makes 422 HP.
Head on over to Autoblog for the full DB11 spy shot gallery.