It appears the Aston Martin is getting closer to the launch date of their newest car, the next-generation V8 Vantage. The British luxury automaker has previewed their smallest grand tourer, albeit still wearing significant amounts of camouflage to hide the coupe's lines.

2018 Aston Martin V8 Vantage gets early preview

The pre-production car Aston Martin has shown does cover most of the panels as compared to the previous spy shots. The automaker did say that the coupe seen here is much closer in design as to the previous test cars photographed. There are also no more false panels, indicating that the car will be launched within the year.

There are some different design cues on the test car Aston Martin has shown. For starters, the headlights are smaller compared to the car spied a few months ago. Along with that, there is a clearer picture as to how the front air intake will look like.

2018 Aston Martin V8 Vantage gets early preview

As for the rear, the tail lights have been covered up but judging by the most recent set of spy photos and the look of the new DB11, the V8 Vantage might just get the same treatment. Overall, its shape closely resembles the DB10 concept which was shown in the latest James Bond film, Spectre.

Aston Martin did not release any details regarding the engine but it is likely that they will be relying on Mercedes-AMG partnership. This being the V8 Vantage, a possible option is the 4.0-liter BiTurbo block which powers the AMG GT and C63. In the Mercedes-AMGs, it produces over 500 PS but it is possible that the Aston Martin will get a more powerful tune.