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Aston Martin AM310 makes a quiet debut at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este

Tue, 29 May 2012

The Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este is more than a celebration of classic automotive design. It's also a great opportunity to view cutting-edge concept vehicles.

This year's event saw the debut of the BMW Zagato coupe concept, and the Alfa Romeo 4C concept took home the concours' coveted “Design Award for Concept Cars & Prototypes.”

You'd never know it based on the official coverage (or lack thereof), but Aston Martin also unveiled a concept at the concours. Named AM310, the striking coupe made its debut with little fanfare and next to no details. Aston Martin has remained oddly tight-lipped about the AM310's particulars, leaving enthusiasts to speculate as to how predictive of the upcoming DBS replacement the concept may or may not be.

We do know that the AM310 is powered by a 6.0-liter V12, and its styling is influenced by the exotic One-77. Design cues borrowed from the composite supercar are certainly visible in the AM310's aggressive profile, although the One-77's side strakes and grille gave way to elements that are rather like those on the current DBS. Visible carbon-fiber elements hint at lightweight bodywork of the same material concealed beneath the concept's bright red paint.

Beyond that, the AM310 remains something of a mystery. We'll be sure to pass along further information when it becomes available.

By Graham Kozak