Aston Martin Allegedly Developing A Straight-Six to Replace AMG V8s
Aston Martin's partnership with Mercedes-AMG may not last much longer
Aston Martin has ben using Mercedes-AMG's 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8 engines in two models in their lineup, the Vantage and the DB11 V8. This partnership helped out Aston Martin as they didn't have to spent millions of dollars in research and development of a new V8 engine that will be both lighter and more effiecient that Aston's iconic V12 motors. Although this might not have affected either of the manufacturers, according to a new report by Autocar, this partnership may not last any longer.
To replace the powerful AMG engine, Aston Martin is allegedly Developing a hybrid powerplant with a straight six combustion engine developed in-house. The new powerplant is to be part of the Rapide E program, which combats increasingly strenuous emissions regulations around the world.
However, the partnership that took place back in 2013 is still likely to live on for a couple of year until Aston Martin decides that they've had enough of the German blood in thier veins. The Daimler sourced engines will likely start phasing out as they uncover the hybrid engine around 2020.
Now you are probably thinking, how would this affect the upcoming Aston Martin SUV, well here are the DBX's plans as we know them: They will be initially available with Aston's V12, followed by the AMG V8 before the hybrid variant joins the line-up early in the next decade.
In the plus side non-V12 Aston Martins will not sound like Mercedes', but who knows how that straight-six will sound...