It’s no secret that Mercedes-AMG is slowly phasing out its V-8 engine, and that’s the very engine that powers some of Aston Martin’s finest cars – the Vantage, DBX, and even the DB11. So, if AMG won’t be building the V-8 anymore, what’s Aston Martin going to do for future models? As it turns out, Aston Martin will be designing its own new engine. But wait; there’s a twist.
Future Aston Martins Will Have a Hybrid V-6
When speaking to Car & Driver about Aston Martin’s new engine dilemma, CEO Andy Palmer explained exactly what it’s going to do, and it certainly doesn’t include using one of AMG’s four-cylinder engines. After all, that would be very Aston Martin-like, now would it?
“Mercedes have made no secret of where their engine technology is moving to, and obviously we don’t foresee four-cylinder engines in our Astons. So we’ve got to make our own journey.”
The thing is that none of Aston Martin’s engineers have any real experience with V-6 engines. Be that as it may, Palmer belives that his team will be able to develop an in-house, hybridized V-6 that can deliver brand-appropriate characteristics. But, as a V-6, it will have to be hybridized to ensure that future models have enough power. There is a lot that the brand has to overcome, though:
“The key is sound, tuning the pipes to make it sound like an Aston. Obviously, we can use the hybrid system and the electric motor to fill in on torque so you can compensate for the cylinder size with the electrical assist. As long as it feels like a V8 and sounds majestic, I think it’s a perfectly sensible way to go, and a lot more sensible than an [inline] four would be for us.”
That’s not the only news that came out of Aston Martin and the botched Geneva Motor Show, though. As it turns out, Aston Martin will actually keep its V-12 in rotation for a little longer. Production of the engine will be shipped away from Cologne to the United Kingdom where it will be built next to the brand’s new hybrid V-6. “I hope the V12 is around for a good while longer. 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,” Palmer added.
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