Mercedes-Benz now owns a 20% stake in AM.
The upcoming Valhalla was to get its own internally-developed V6.
There’s been much shuffling over at Aston Martin in the last 18 months or so. As we know, Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll took over as the brand’s major shareholder. Within months, he appointed EX-AMG Boss Tobias Moers at the helm of the British automaker. The latter immediately strengthened his ties with Benz and now they own a 20% stake in Aston Martin.
This stronger bond between the two brands means that Aston Martin will have greater access to AMG’s significant powertrain technologies. One move will be to cancel the ongoing development of the upcoming Valhalla hypercar’s V6 engine.
“If that engine was fully developed, when I came in here, I would not stop [its development], but the engine was not on a mature level,” Moers says as reported by Road and Track. “It was a concept, that they just finished, and there was a need for another large investment to bring it to life.”
The V6 will be replaced by the AMG 4.0-litre V8, the one currently available in the Vantage, but with some form of electrification built-in. Further collaborations could see the AMG-tuned 3.0-litre inline-six-cylinder engine in the DBX in the not too distant future.