Aston Martin is ending its partnership with AMG
With the AMG V8 coming to an end, Aston Martin is pulling the plug
Way back in 2013, Aston Martin announced a partnership with Mercedes-AMG to supply engines for its upcoming sports cars. This was a key step in Aston's 'Second Century Plan" which was meant to bring the British automaker into the world of modern vehicles.
The resulting beauties being the DB11, Vantage, and the all-new DBX SUV, all of these cars are powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged AMG V8. Now, while this partnership has worked out great for both companies, it may not last for much longer.
It's no secret that Mercedes-AMG will soon pull the plug on its V8, and in a recent interview, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer gave details about what will power the company's future cars. "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," Palmer said. "So we've got to make our own journey."
Now, while it's good to hear that Aston isn't going down the four-cylinder route Andy Palmer did go on to say that pausing the development of electric cars has allowed Aston to focus on building a new hybrid V6 powertrain, one which will power the upcoming Valhalla and Vanquish hypercars.
"The key is sound, tuning the pipes to make it sound like an Aston," he explained. "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 a [four-cylinder] would be for us."
Aston Martin V12 Vanquish
However, before all of you start freaking out about a V6 Aston Martin, Andy Palmer did mention that the iconic Aston V12 is safe. Palmer said that he hopes 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. It will be a sad day when we see the V12 engine disappear from an Aston."