- New 3.0L hybrid V6 engine should produce as much power as the current AMG-sourced 4.0L V8.
- The new engine will equip the Aston Martin Valhalla and many other models.
- V12 engine will remain available in certain models for now.
During an interview with Car and Driver, Aston Martin CEO Dr. Andy Palmer confirmed that the company is developing its own V6 engine, which will feature a hybrid system. This new powerplant will eventually replace the AMG-sourced twin-turbo, 4.0-litre V8.
Obviously, customers wouldn’t accept the new engine to be less powerful than the one it replaces, so we can expect the 3.0-litre hybrid V6 to crank out at least the same output, if not higher. The V8 currently develops 503 horsepower and 505 pound-feet of torque in the Aston Martin Vantage, but 542 hp and 516 lb-ft in the new Aston Martin DBX.
Those are lofty numbers for a six-cylinder engine, but the British automaker doesn’t seem to be too worried about that, as it will equip the all-new Aston Martin Valhalla as well as the next-generation Vanquish. The electric motor should provide more torque for V8 engine levels of performance, and exhaust tuning will ensure that the six-pot mill sounds “majestic.”
The new V6 engine will be manufactured in the U.K., and will work with existing gearboxes as the hybrid system won’t be integrated to them.
However, the company also stated that the V12 engine isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. “I hope the V12 is around for a good while longer,” said Palmer. “You can see in the longer term it won’t last, but certainly over the next few years we can continue to produce V12 engines and we can make them more CO2 friendly. It will be a sad day when we see the V12 engine disappear from as Aston.”
Finally, Car and Driver asked Palmer if the manual transmission will continue to be offered in the future, and the answer was positive. It’s now available as an option in the Vantage and might turn up in future Aston Martin models as well. “I wouldn’t stick a pin in and say the Vantage is our last one, I’d like to think there might be room for more in the future, but I can’t say that with certainty.”
Recently, Aston Martin revealed the Vantage Roadster and the V12 Speedster, before it celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2020. In addition, Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll just purchased a 16.7% stake in the British manufacturer.
Source: Car and Driver