2013 Aston Martin DBS successor (spy photo)

There are rumors floating around that Aston Martin will unveil a new capital-C Centenary model next year in celebration of its 100th year of existence. That’s not entirely accurate. As we reported last week, Aston will launch a new DBS for 2013. This is the car at the center of all the anniversary buzz—but it won’t be called Centenary.

It will, however, continue to be powered by a sweet-sounding V-12; the engine is set to get a bump in horsepower to 550. The 2013 DBS also will take a number of styling cues from the One-77 super-dupercar. We’re told the DBS will be a part of Aston’s 100-year fanfare.

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As a fond farewell to the current DBS, Aston will produce the final 100—there’s that number again!—examples as DBS Ultimate editions. Those models will not get any performance upgrades, but will feature commemorative badges, unique paint, and special interior styling. Expect other 100-themed news from Aston in the coming year.

By Austin Lindberg