Aston Martin to develop straight-six hybrid engine
According to a report by Autocar, Aston Martin are working on an all new straight-six engine which will be assisted by a hybrid system. This powertrain will eventually replace the Mercedes-AMG 4.0 litre V8 which is currently used in the new Vantage and the DB11.
According to new information, the technical partnership between Aston Martin and Mercedes-AMG was only ever to be temporary to allow engineers from Aston Martin to work on their own straight-six which might be a development from the 5.2 litre V12 used in the DB11 and DBS Superleggera.
For those that are unaware, the technical partnership between Aston Martin and Mercedes-AMG allowed Aston Martin to use the 4.0 litre V8 and some electrical components which included an adapted version of Mercedes's COMAND infotainment system.
Full technical details are not yet available as Aston Martin want to keep it quiet for a little longer. However, the proposed hybrid system will likely use technology from the Rapide E project. The car may not be a plug-in hybrid either as Aston Martin have said that the experience "isn't premium enough" for their customers yet. However, the straight-six engine and the hybrid system should deliver performance expected from an Aston Martin but a big increase in efficiency.
Saying that, Aston Martin are likely to make use of the AMG deal for a few more years. The next model to launch from Aston Martin is the DBX SUV which will go on sale next year to fight the likes of the Lamborghini Urus and Porsche Cayenne Turbo. The DBX will use both the existing V8 and V12 engines from launch, with the possibility of a hybrid version coming in the early 2020s.
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