It was just last week that Aston Martin inaugurated its new AMR Performance Center next to the Nürburgring race track in Germany. Sensing some interesting activity around the new testing centre, our spy photographer camped out nearby over the weekend. And he wasn’t disappointed.

He didn’t have to wait long before the first prototype for DBS Superleggera’s Volante convertible version emerged from the facility. The upcoming model, which is set to replace the Vanquish S, seems to be at the initial stages of development, however, there are enough elements to suggest extreme performance. Although it appears to be unfinished, the quad exhaust tips and the vents on the bonnet that are larger than the ones on the DB11 all point towards this.

Power will come from the new 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12, but considering that its rivals will include the likes of the Ferrari 812 Superfast, it’s likely to churn out well over 700 horsepower in the DBS. And as evidenced by the Superleggera moniker, there will be lots of weight-saving measures involved, adding further to its performance credentials.

We’ve also got a peek into the cabin, which shows many Mercedes-Benz elements, including the touchpad controller, thanks to the agreement it has with the German automaker.

While the hard-top version is expected to make its debut soon, the Volante is likely to take another year before it is unveiled in production form.